Art Gallery - Heritage Collection

Enjoy a glimpse of 19th century life along the Ottawa River by viewing our collection of heritage river art. The original beauty and strength of the river is depicted by the voyageurs and Algonquin first nation paddling the mighty rapids. The advance of technology is portrayed by the huge logging rafts destined for Quebec City, the first steamboats and bridges. Early settlement began to appear and none more dramatic than the contrasting view of Parliament Hill between the 1830s and '60s.

The Ottawa River Institute commemorates this artistic legacy with a series of prints and greeting cards.             Click here forinformation on purchasing original works or prints from this gallery.

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Henry Francis Ainslie

Rideau Falls. 1839Entrance to Rideau Canal, 1839Bridge and toll house, Chaudieres Falls, March 1839

William Augustus Austin

Papineau's residence, Ottawa River near Montebello  1856 High Falls, Gatineau River (Quebec) July, 1856 Falls at Buckingham, River aux Lievres (Quebec) 

William Henry Bartlett

Falls of the Ottawa at Les Chats. 1841Voyageurs walking a canoe up through the rapids, 1870-73. Handcoloured lithograph

John Burrows

Union Bridge, Chaudiere Falls, Ottawa River. After 1827 Bridges Erected Across the Ottawa River at the Chaudière Falls. After 1827

James Pattison Cockburn

Chaudieres Falls, 1825. Brown wash over graphite Falls of the Chaudiere. 1826 

Frances Anne Hopkins

Priest Meditating, Ottawa River. July 18, 1866Timber Raft, 1868 Canoe Party around Campfire. 1870. Oil on canvas
Shooting the Rapids. 1879.   

Tom Thomson


Other Works

Indians Shooting Rapids in a Bark Canoe. Date unknown Entrance of the Rideau Canal. by Henry Pooley, 1833 View of Horace-ville on the Ottawa River. 1850 

Parliament Buildings, Ottawa, by James Duncan 1866