See this excellent YouTube video from Halifax Urban Forests:

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Annual Fall Annual Meeting – Nov 14, 2018

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City View Community Association Fall Country Harvest

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21 Withrow: The Heart and Soul of a Community

Not far from busy Merivale Road is a familiar landmark on the edge of the City View community.  This beautiful cathedral like property, 21 Withrow Avenue, has a fabulous home built in 1842 of locally quarried stone.

In 2015 the last resident Dr. D. Roger passed away and the property was put up for sale by his family. They had applied for a demolition permit which they withdrew once the community and the City worked to have the house declared heritage. We, the community, are still fighting to declare this early farmland heritage designation also.

A developer, Theberge Homes, has a conditional offer on the property and has been planning an elite subdivision. Most of the over 100 trees are slotted to be destroyed. This subdivision planning shows a total disregard to many of our bylaws and the City View Community Association, our Community and interested supporters who have been opposing this development.

We need your help! We are collecting donations to strengthen our plea to City Council to purchase this property. We have an excellent proposal to create a Canadian Poetry Centre, along with a passive place for people to enjoy nature and the gardens. It will be there for our future generations

Below you will find some “Did you know” facts that may surprise you about 21 Withrow Ave. You will also find a link to our Community web page where you can find a wealth of information along with instructions on how to donate or pledge to help save this incredible historic site.  Tax receipts will be issued by the City of Ottawa.  If this does not move ahead, all monies will be refunded


  1. The Merivale district was known as the “Back Bush” because of the bush terrain that enveloped it. This area is where many Irish immigrants settled and established productive farms with fine farm houses. Many of our founding families were settlers here (Hoopers, Nesbitts, Boyds, Scotts…)
  2. City View is the oldest municipal property in Eastern Ontario and the site of some of the earliest settlements in Ontario. It became a separate geographical identity from Merivale when it received its name in 1890.  City View became the largest Police Village in the county.
  3. 21 Withrow Ave was one of the original farms along the Merivale Corridor. Pioneer Archibald Scott built “Kilmorie” 125 years before City View grew around it.  This beautiful house was built with locally quarried stone in 1842.  There are many architectural features that are specific to this time period.
  4. The Scott family donated a parcel of land to the Experimental Farm. This parcel of land is along Baseline Rd and bound by Merivale and Fisher. It is still marked by the distinct pencil-like red posts with white tips.
  5. The Scott family lived at 21 Withrow until the early 1900’s when they sold the farm to William Wilfred Campbell who named it “Kilmorie House”.
  6. William Wilfred Campbell belonged to the renowned group of The Confederation Poets. He was hired by Sir John A. Macdonald to work in the Civil Service in 1891 and earned $1.50 a day.  Campbell had transferred from Railways and Canals to the Department of the Secretary of State in 1892, obtained a permanent post in the Department of Militia and Defence in 1893, and then moved in 1897 to the Privy Council Office.  In 1908 he would finally find a suitable niche in the archives branch in the Department of Agriculture.
  7. For W.W. Campbell, Kilmorie was his refuge. At Kilmorie, “Where the woods are scarlet and gold”, Campbell entertained kindred spirits as youthful Mackenzie King, Caldwell, who is a friend of City View, and Tait, who still remains Canada’s greatest sculptor.
  8. Campbell and his poems are a part of Canadian History. There was skating at the Governor-General’s party even though it was dangerous at this time of year. Henry Albert Harper, Mackenzie King’s friend and roommate, died trying to save a young girl from drowning in the Ottawa River.  Mackenzie was so touched by Harper’s heroism that he later dedicated the statue of Galahad, located at the bottom of Parliament Hill on Wellington Street, to Harper.   Campbell wrote a touching poem that effectively captured the country’s reaction to the incident.
  9. Kilmorie serves as a reminder of the area’s agricultural history. It is one of Ottawa’s oldest surviving houses, built 13-23 years after the Bytown Museum building, the oldest surviving stone house in Ottawa.

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Pledge forms are available for 21 Withrow Avenue

Pledge forms are available for 21 Withrow Avenue

The city is no longer considering a tax levy to acquire 21 Withrow, but instead will offer tax receipts for charitable donations.  This is a better deal: you will receive up to 50% of your donation back as tax credits!  If you previously agreed to the $60 per year levy, then please consider a $100 or more donation per year.  This will cost to less, and your dollars will go further.  If everyone who said yes to the levy donated $100 per year, we would have most of the required $500,000 over 10 years that the city requires to proceed with purchase.  Businesses may also support us.  We will provide recognition of all supporters unless you request that your support is anonymous.   Please download one of the attached forms, complete it, and send it to:

Form for personal donations:

Form for business donations:

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City View Community Annual General Meeting – Friday 2018-April-27 @ 7pm, United Church, 6 Epworth

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Public Consultation re the proposed 21 Withrow subdivision

Please come and make your opinions heard.

When:   Thursday Feb 15th

Time:  6:30 pm.

Where: Chambers at Ben Franklin Pace. (101 Centrepointe Dr. )

Our petition to save 21 Withrow is still open.  Please sign if you agree:

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Have your say on development plans for 21 Withrow

The City View Community Association has been notified that the City of Ottawa has received a development application for the grounds at 21 Withrow.  Here is a direct link to the plans on the City of Ottawa’s web site:


In summary, there would be 4 houses with 50′ lots on Withrow, and 10 houses (including the existing heritage home) on a new private drive, with lots that are significantly smaller.  It appears that all trees would be cut except those on St. Helen’s Place at the entrance to the new private drive. The city is currently accepting comments on this plan.  You may provide comments directly on the City’s web site at the following link, and we encourage you to do so:


You may also provide your input through a survey that the City View Community Association has set up at the link below.  This survey is designed to collect opinions of residents that could be used by the Association in our efforts to represent a consensus of the wishes of the neighborhood.  The results of the survey will be presented to council, and (potentially) could be used to determine the need for an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board.


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See you at the 2017 City View Canadian Country Harvest Celebration!

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