Aleutian Road

Interesting name. I don’t know if any of these reasons inspired the powers-that-be to name it as such, but I’m guessing it’s after the Aleut from the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, based on some of the surrounding streets named after other aboriginal peoples such as Mohawk Crescent and Sioux Crescent. Similar to the area of streets in Gatineau named after aboriginal groups, both neighbourhoods appear to have originally been developed around the same time, an assumption I’m making based on their period styles.

But before we get there, here’s an interesting building one happens upon en route along the Ottawa River Pathway. It’s the Belltown Dome. There’s a skating rink inside. It’s cramped, but very special in it’s uniqueness. My son has had hockey practice there so I got to go inside.

Belltown Dome

Aleutian Drive has great trees, like this huge oak.

Big Oak

Nanaimo Drive has a number of unique single-story houses such as this.

Eyebrow Arches

Heading East towards Greenbank Road, one comes across many two story houses with decorative shutters.

Decorative Shutters

Beacon Hill Beckoned

There are a number of houses in Beacon Hill with the brick work treatment shown below. The grout is left untrimmed, and the exterior walls are painted entirely white. It must must have been a popular style in the 50’s and 60’s, as there are a number of houses with this type of brickwork in Elmvale Acres as well.

Grout – gotta love it!

This style too, with protruding bricks to create a subtle pattern.

Intermittent Outies

At the top of Ski Hill Park along Naskapi Drive I noticed this interesting hedge, trimmed to avoid the side walk. Either that, or a very fussy and hungry deer lives in the neighbourhood.

Serious Hedge Trimming

Ending off with another glorious view of the Ottawa River, as seen from the boat launch at the end of Massey Lane.