The Bytown Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, was founded as the first DAR chapter in Ontario on February 1, 1985. We urge you to contact us regarding membership in this worthy organization. Already a member of DAR? We will welcome you as an associate member.
The chapter's name honors the city of Ottawa's history. Until the mid 19th century, Ottawa was known as Bytown, named for Lieutenant Colonel John By, who built the Rideau Canal in the early 19th century. Before the arrival of the railroad, the Rideau Canal was a major transportation route and water link between Lake Ontario and Montreal. Today, the canal is a unique recreational facility and tourist attraction for our city. Pictured above, are tulips in Ottawa. The Canadian Tulip Festival, held each May in Ottawa, is world famous!
On December 31, 1857, Queen Victoria named Ottawa the capitol of Canada. Bytown and Colonel By are synonymous with Ottawa, and, by having the name of Bytown for our chapter, we honor our city and region. Pictured above, is the Rideau Canal skating park. The canal, when frozen, is one of the longest skating rinks in the world.
Our goals are as follows:
- Preserve the memory and tradition of revolutionary ancestors in a permanent genealogy record for the sake of future generations.
- Take an active part in the work of the DAR Units Overseas to promote American and Canadian relations in fostering love of country.
- Meet new people with similar interests and develop friendships.