LGBTQ2+ MAJOR’S HILL PARK

admin Uncategorized October 17, 2019
Major’s Hill Park. William James Topley/Library and Archives Canada/PA-010065

Major’s Hill Park was one of the most popular cruising sites in Ottawa during the 1960s to 1980s due to its proximity to MacKenzie Street, the main street for sex work, and its privacy in foliage. However, as cruising in the area became more popular, it also became more dangerous with 7 reports of men mysteriously falling off the cliffs in the park in 1989. On the fateful night of August 21, 1989, Alain Brosseau was thrown to his death from the bridge by a group of teenagers. His death was one of the major catalysts for change in the ways that the police handled deaths and hate crimes in the area.

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