Cowley Family History Presentation – February 27

I will be giving a presentation on the history of the Cowley family and their connection to Champlain Park to the Historical Society of Ottawa this coming 27 February.

As some residents might be interested in attending, and if you think it appropriate, would you please post the notice below on the CPCA website?

Thank you
Christine Jackson
209 Cowley Avenue / 613-729-8021

Historical Society of Ottawa Meeting, February 27, 2015
1:00 pm in the lounge of the Routhier Community Centre
172 Guigues Street at Cumberland.

Presentation: The Ottawa Valley’s Pioneering Cowley Family

Daniel Keyworth Cowley, a pioneering Ottawa Valley riverboat captain, was the patriarch of a family which produced significant contributors to the area’s history and economic development. These included an educator-cum-land developer who founded our Ottawa neighbourhood now known as Champlain Park, several medical doctors, another riverboat captain—and an NHL Hall of Famer.

Champlain Park resident Christine Jackson will explain the Cowley family’s English origins, trace the 19th century Ottawa Valley history of ‘Captain Dan’ and his connection with Champlain’s iconic lost astrolabe, and look at the family’s role in developing Ottawa, as well as their great contribution to Canada’s national winter game—and what, she wonders, would Captain Dan have made of that?!

Christine is a long-time family historian and active member of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO). The 400th anniversary in 2013 of Samuel de Champlain’s voyage up the Ottawa River prompted her research into this pioneering Canadian family with deep roots in England, who gave their name to the Champlain Park area street on which she has lived for nearly 30 years—Cowley Avenue.

Link to Historical Society of Ottawa –

2 thoughts on “Cowley Family History Presentation – February 27

  1. What a wonderful website! Is there anywhere that tells of Doug Shearer actually getting the Champlain Park Association started?

  2. No, I haven’t seen anything about the Champlain Park Community Association founding. Does anyone know more? It would be nice to have a paragraph or two of history about CPCA, for our About page.

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