January 2017– Last Saturday Jim and I went to the movies at Lansdowne Park. We were early and thus enjoyed watching the sun set with a view of the Aberdeen Pavilion, or as Ottawa residents call the building- the Cattle Castle.
The pavilion was built in 1898, to serve as the central hall for the Central Canada Exhibition. The interior space is column free and was inspired by London’s Crystal Palace. It has served as agricultural exhibit and shows, as well as it ranks as the oldest surviving venue in which the Stanley Cup was contested, in 1904. During the World Wars the large space was used by the troops, including the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa and the 4rth Princess Louise Dragoon Guards.