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NCC to expand access to 19th-century pulp mill ruins

April 23, 2018
CBC News

The National Capital Commission’s board of directors has approved a multi-million dollar project to make the ruins of a 19th-century pulp mill near the Portage Bridge more accessible to the public.

According to the report presented to the board on April 19, the $4.4 million project’s goal is to expand access to the Bronson Pulp Mill ruins.

First pitched in 2014, the plan involves stabilizing and refurbishing the ruins in an attempt to “showcase an example of Ottawa’s industrial heritage,” the report said.

While some work has already been done, the next phase of the project involves introducing “publicly accessible interpretive spaces” on the Bronson Dam and nearby Amelia Island, which is currently off-limits.

Those interpretive spaces would tell visitors about the history of the pulp and paper industry, the lumber business and electrical power generation in Ottawa.

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