Constance Bay, Ottawa
Constance Bay — Community — Coordinates: Coordinates: Country Canada Province Ontario Municipality Ottawa Government – MPs Gordon O'Connor – MPPs Norm Sterling – Councillors Eli El-Chantiry Population (2006) – Total 2,402 Time zone EST
Constance Bay, Ontario is a village of approximately 3,000, part of the municipality of Ottawa and is situated 20 minutes from Kanata. As of 2005, the village consisted of 30% cottage/seasonal housing; 70% year round. The community surrounds the Torbolton Forest (a protected and managed green-space) and Constance and Buckham's Bay along the Ottawa River.
During the summer months the bustling village offers all the fun in the sun activities - Recreational Boating, Water Skiing, Canoeing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, and Cycling . The beach is beautiful and for use by all.
A Community Centre is located in the centre of the village, the Centre's operation is overseen by the Constance & Buckham's Bay Community Association. The Community Centre includes a free skateboard park along with 2 baseball diamonds (both fully illuminated for night play), soccer fields (full and mini), play-structure, outdoor ice rink, and a concession stand operated by community volunteers.
The actual bay was named by French Fur Traders after Simon Constant who was a member of the Algonquin First Nation and who was in the area before white settlers arrived.
T.W. Edwin Sowter, a hobby archaeologist from Aylmer, Quebec, first identified the presence of archaeological sites at Constance Bay in the late 1800s. However, details of these sites were not available until Gordon Watson excavated a site in his Constance Bay cottage yard in the early 1970s. Mr. Watson's documented his findings in "A Woodland Indian Site at Constance Bay" available from the Ontario Archaeological Society. One item in the Watson collection is a large reconstructed ceramic vessel dating to about 2,500 years ago.
In 1946 St. Gabriel's first chapel opened for services. Father J. Lorne Reynolds appointed parish priest.
Hydro (electric service) was brought into the community in the summer of 1951.
An indepth history of Constance Bay is available here.
The 147 Hectare Torbolton Forest is a managed greenspace and home to rare plant life, animals and birds. The forest has been designated by the Province of Ontario as a Provincially Significant Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (Life Science).
- Red-headed Woodpecker
- Northern Flicker
- Downy Woodpecker
- Hairy Woodpecker
- Black-capped Chickadee
- Eastern Bluebird
- Mourning Dove
- Northern Cardinal
- Golden Oriole
- Blue Jay
- Pileated Woodpecker
- Red Phalarope
- Greater White-fronted Goose
- Carolina Wren
- Black-legged Kittiwake
- Boreal Owl
- Cattle Egret
- Blue Heron
- Ruby-throated Hummingbird
- Red-Winged Blackbird
- Common Grackle
- American Crow
- "A Woodland Indian Site at Constance Bay", Ontario 1 - 24 by Gordon D. Watson
- "St. Gabriels's Chapel, Constance Bay, 1946-1996" by Anna May McCart and Louise Estabrooks.
- "Constance Bay: Early French fur traders named bay after chief. What's in a name?" by Bobby Turcotte.
- Ottawa Forests and Greenspace Advisory Committee (OFGAC)
- Constance & Buckham's Bay Community Association
- Kichi Sibi (Great River) Tracing Our Region's Ancient History
- NeilyWorld Birding Ottawa - Southwest - Ottawa River West: Ontario, Constance Bay
- Natural Heritage Information Centre (NHIC)
- Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 616
- Local Village History, by Mike Demers
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