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Major's Hill Park

Major's Hill Park is a notable parks in downtown Ottawa. The park stands above the Rideau Canal at the point where it enters the Ottawa River. Across the canal to the west are the parliament buildings, to the north of the park is the National Gallery of Canada, and to the east are the United States embassy and the Byward Market. To the south is the Chateau Laurier hotel, built upon land that was once part of the park. The neighborhood surrounding the park was once home to those who constructed the canal. In particular, the area that is now the park was the official residence of the Supervising Engineer of Canal Works and therefore home of Lieutenant-Colonel John By. The hill came to be known by his rank. However, in 1832 "Colonel's Hill" became Major's Hill when By was replaced by Major Daniel Bolton. Commemorative plaques and a statue of Lieutenant-Colonel By, Major Bolton and their successors were erected in Major's Hill Park. The residence was destroyed by fire in 1849, though ruins survive to today. The use of the area as a residence gives the park the rather unusual quality of remaining a green space since the early days of Ottawa.

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