Richmond Road (Ontario)

Richmond Road (Ontario)

Richmond Road is a major road in Eastern Ontario, Canada.

Richmond Road begins as a western continuation of Wellington Street West in Ottawa, beyond the intersection at Island Park Drive, a division point moved west a few blocks from Western Avenue, the historical township boundary, in 2005. It serves as the primary road for Westboro. Continuing westward, the road passes by Ottawa landmarks such as the Bayshore Shopping Centre and Queensway-Carleton Hospital before reaching Bells Corners. In the community, Richmond Road appears to turn into Robertson Road, but instead continues southbound from that intersection as a mostly residential street. Richmond Road reappears as the continuation of southbound Moodie Drive, leaving Bells Corners and running through the Greenbelt. Beyond the Greenbelt, Richmond Road passes the communities of Bridlewood and Fallowfield before intersecting with Fallowfield Road. Continuing southward, the road passes the community of Twin Elm and follows the Jock River to Eagleson Road and the village of Richmond. Its total length from Island Park Drive to Eagleson Road is approximately 25.1 km (15.6 mi). At Eagleson, Richmond Road continues westward as Perth Street, or Ottawa Road #10. Beyond Perth, this road becomes Franktown Road, and then reverts to the name Richmond Road in the County of Lanark until its end in Franktown. In Lanark County, the road is known as Lanark County Road #10.

Richmond Road is known as is known as Ottawa Road #36 from Island Park Drive until Robertson Road and as Ottawa Road #59 from Moodie Drive until Fallowfield Road. Speed limits range from 40 km/h (25 mph) in school and residential areas to 60 km/h (37 mph) in urban commercial areas, and 80 km/h (50 mph) in greenbelt and rural areas.



Richmond Road was built in 1818 to connect the military settlement at Richmond with Richmond Landing just below the Chaudière Falls on the Ottawa River in Bytown. The British Government had offered land in the Richmond area to British veterans of the War of 1812. Richmond Road was originally a corduroy road. Today, what is left of the road is paved. It is one of the oldest roads in Ottawa.

In his 1896 book "The History of the Ottawa Valley", the Rev. John L. Gourlay wrote:

"We never heard why these distinguished colonists chose the banks of the Jock in preference to those of the Rideau or the Ottawa. They arrived in the middle of August at the Richmond landing, having left Quebec on the 28th of July, 1818, passing and saluting the fine man-of-war vessel at anchor, that had the Duke on board. Under Sergeant Hill, they organized to cut the road from the Flats, the place of their encampment to the Jock, ever since known as the Richmond Road. They kept within hailing distance of the river on their right hand until they reached the sandy hill, when the sight of the great bay directed them to the left, and at what was soon after, Bell's Corners; turned still more to the left till they struck the Jock, up which they kept their course till they reached the little falls, which Captain Lyons soon improved into a mill dam."[1]


On 13 April 2011 the Ottawa city council voted to rename a portion of Richmond Road from Baseline Road to Robertson Road after the late Lloyd Francis, a wealthy land speculator, Liberal MP and Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons.[2] The approved proposal would have changed the names of both Richmond and Robertson Roads through Bells Corners so that the commercial area would bear a single name, "Lloyd Francis Boulevard" for its entire length despite opposition from local residents and businesses.[3][4][5][6][7] The name change was to become effective in May 2012. On June 22, Ottawa City Council approved renaming the 14-kilometer stretch that runs south from Moodie Drive to Eagleson Road to Old Richmond Road[8].

Because of the controversy, heritage advocates called on the city to overhaul its naming policy[9]. However, on July 13 a new motion was passed rescinding the original change and renaming Richmond Road from Baseline Road to Robertson Road, Robertson Road instead[10]. This accomplished the original goal of a single name through Bells Corners with the renaming of the original Robertson Road, although at considerable inconvenience and expense to the residents and businesses located on it[11].


  1. ^ J. L. Gourlay (1896). History of the Ottawa Valley. Ottawa, ON. pp. 288. 
  2. ^ "Street Name Change – Richmond Road (Phase 1)". Planning Committee Report 7. City of Ottawa. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Tom Spears (16 April 2011). "Residents petition against renaming Robertson Road: Bells Corners residents say the change was made too quickly and without consultation". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Randall Denley (14 April 2011). "Just like that, a historic street name is gone". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Joanne Chianello (13 April 2011). "Robertson Road renaming has businesses fuming". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Jennifer McIntosh (6 April 2011). "Richmond Road name change in the works: Community Association balks at lack of consultation". Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Earl McRae (11 June 2011). "Political name game rages on in Bells Corners". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "City council briefs". Ottawa Citizen. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2011. 
  9. ^ Laura Mueller (28 June 2011). "Group pushes for overhaul of city’s naming policy". Tour Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  10. ^ David Reevely (13 July 2011). "Bells Corners commercial strip will be called Robertson Road". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "Bells Corners street name change angers some". CBC. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 

Cotton, Larry D. Whiskey and Wickedness. Lanark, ON: Larry D. Cotton Associates, 2007. Print.

See also

  • List of Ottawa, Ontario roads

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