View of Union Station from the Château Laurier, March 22, 1938 / Library and Archives Canada / PA-009081

From 1912 until the mid- 1960s, thousands of trains pulled into Ottawa’s Union Station each year, adding to the hustle and bustle of life in the capital.

Construction of Grand Trunk Railway Station Photo: Harmer William Morell. Library and Archives Canada. C-026395

Constructed between 1909 and 1912 by the Grand Trunk Railway Company, the station was taken over by the government of Canada after the Company ran into financial difficulties and further complications arising from the death of its owner on the Titanic. In 1920 it was renamed Union Station.

Union Station Interior, photograph, ©NCC

The Union Station was renowned for its elegant neo-classical decoration. Many famous celebrities got their first glimpse of Ottawa stepping out of the station including Winston Churchill and Elvis Presley.


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