Tunney's Pasture

Tunney's Pasture

Tunney's Pasture is an area within the City of Ottawa, Ontario, that is exclusively developed for Canada's federal government buildings. It is bordered by Scott Street to the south, Parkdale Avenue to the east, the Ottawa River Parkway to the north and Northwestern Avenue to the west. While strictly speaking it is confined to this area, people living in the vicinity of it will often call their neighbourhood Tunney's Pasture.

The complex is served by Tunney's Pasture Station on the transitway.


Before the development in the early 1950’s, this area was officially known as Lot 35, Concession A, Township of Nepean. And, as the name still indicates, it was used as a farmer’s pasture and named after its owner, Anthony Tunney [Statistics Canada, 71] .

As a young man, Anthony Tunney emigrated from Ireland to Ottawa in 1867. He married and settled in a house on what is now Parkdale Avenue. The owner of the pasture, The Ottawa Lumber Merchants’ Association, hired Tunney to be the caretaker of the land and allowed him to graze his cattle in the field. When the land was eventually sold, Tunney was able to claim ownership because he had been paying the taxes on the property [Statistics Canada, 71] .

Federal ministries and agencies

Below are the ministries and agencies that occupy offices, in whole or in part, in Tunney's Pasture.

Statistics Canada

Measurement Canada

Demolished buildings

:*Virus Laboratory:*Atomic Energy of Canada Building:*Eldorado Nuclear Building

Gallery of selected buildings in Tunney's Pasture



External links

* [http://web.ncf.ca/dw413/k1y_map.htm Ottawa K1Y Map - Tunney's Pasture, Mechanicsville, Hintonburgh, Companies, Organizations. Sorted by Streetname]

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