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Allan Meltzer as Lt. Col John By (1781 - 1836)
Allan Meltzer as Lt. Col John By (1781 - 1836)

Ottawa's tribute to Colonel By

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The first Monday in August is a holiday that gets localized across much of Canada. Ottawa has taken to calling it Colonel By Day. Royal Engineer Lieutenant Colonel John By was responsible for building the Rideau Canal - a huge, six-year project completed back in 1832. Largely because of that over-land waterway, a scruffy area called Bytown grew into the city of Ottawa and became the national capital a few decades later. Today, the well-preserved canal system connecting Kingston with Ottawa is a boater's delight and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Allan Meltzer was one of several re-enactors at commemorative events surrounding the grounds of Ottawa's Bytown Museum.

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Lucy Martin
Ottawa Correspondent

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