Before there was Baker Bob’s There was The Almonte Bakery


Please note–Trying hard here to piece things together– but if their are any errors, omissions or additions, please tell me.

Please see *Jaan Kolk’s comments at the end.


The Aitkenhead Scotch Bakery in Ottawa was owned by Scottish immigrant George Aitkenhead in the late 1800’s- early 1900’s. It was situated on McLaren Street until the great fire of Ottawa/ Hull and then moved to Bank Street. After he moved to his new spot business was not great, so he moved out west. His son Robert moved to Carleton Place to 20 Frank Street and Robert Jr.later moved to Almonte.



Aitkenhead Bakery Ottawa, Ontario


Aitkenhead Ottawa, Ontario


Aitkenhead Ottawa, Ontario

The North Lanark Regional Museum has absolutely nothing on The Almonte Bakery and is excited to get these for their archives. I could not find a mention anywhere until Lanark County Genealogical Society president Jayne Munro-Ouimet sent me a message today.

“Linda, you mentioned this family moved to Almonte and opened a Bakery. The bakery was located on Queen St and right next door to the current Menzies House Bed and Breakfast . The bakery was on the first floor and the Atinkhead’s lived upstairs. As a youngster Saturday morning trips from our Ramsay Township Farm to Almonte for Fresh Bread and ooh those famous “Butterfly Buns” will never be forgotten. Today many years later, I still remember that bakery’s smell of cinnamon and fresh bread… Makes me homesick when I walk past those St. Cinnamon shops in the big city. Mrs. Atinkhead should have taught the St. Cinnamon bakers how to bake!”


Aitkenhead – The Almonte Bakery Ontario, Queen Street–Betty Lalonde’s wedding cake


Robert Aitkenhead – The Almonte Bakery Ontario, Queen Street January 1953


Robert Aitkenhead –  The Almonte Bakery Ontario,Queen Street

Robert (Dad), Delmer Royce, Millie Aitkenhead rolling buns.


Aitkenhead – The Almonte Bakery Ontario,Queen Street 1969


Aitkenhead – The Almonte Bakery Ontario,Queen Street 1969 (Look at the building across the street)


The photos from the Millie Aikenhead Collection as I call it will be split between the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum (Carleton Place Photos) and the North Lanark Regional Museum (Almonte Photos)

I try and save old photos after I share them with the world as I feel no one will appreciate them if they sit unseen. If you read My Family in a Box story those pictures are now in the save keeping of Archives Lanark.

Related reading:

What Happened to the House and Family on Frank Street –Part 1

The Aitkenhead Family at 20 Frank Street in Carleton Place

Before there was Baker Bob’s There was The Almonte Bakery

Hog’s Back Falls Ottawa –Aitkenhead Photo Collection

How to Make a Vintage Apron- Aitkenhead Photo Collection

No Banker Left Behind – Bank of Montreal Almonte Photos

Down by the Mississippi River- Almonte Falls Photos 50s



*Jaan Kolk— Linda, the early genealogy and Ottawa history in your article is a bit off. Robert Stephenson Aitkenhead (~1901-1978), father of Mildred (Mrs. Roy Woodcock) was the son of David Aitkenhead (~1863-1945) who came to Ottawa from Scotland in 1887. Both David and a George J. Aitkenhead operated bakeries separately in Ottawa 1899-1908, and I believe they were related. They appeared in Ottawa about the same time, and David also named his other son George J – but I have not found a close family connection. See also my comments where your photo is shared on Lost Ottawa‘s timeline. Here is the obituary of Robert Stephenson Aitkenhead from the Ottawa Citizen, July 3, 1978:


Here is a more accurate history of the Aitkenhead bakers of Ottawa. About 1887, two brothers David Aitkenhead (1863-1945) and George Jeffrey Aitkenhead (1859-1940) emigrated to Ottawa. They were sons of retired Glasgow baker Alexander Aitkenhead. Both worked innitially for RE & JC Jamieson, Grocers and Bakers. Each operated a production bakery in Ottawa beginning about 1899; David at 95 Turner (now Cambridge St) and George at 517 Mcleod. Each also had a storefront confectionery on Bank St. at different times. It was George’s shop at 217 Bank St. 1906-1908 that was called “Aitkenhead’s Scotch Bakery.” George and his family left Ottawa in 1908 for the US, settling ultimately in Omaha, Nebraska. David remained in Ottawa, and it was the children of David’s son Robert Stephenson Aitkenhead (~1901-1978) who ended up in Carleton Place and Almonte. Mildred Aitkenhead, who married Roy Woodcock of Carleton Place, was Robert’s daughter and David’s granddaughter


Llew Lloyd –The bakery on Bridge Street in Carleton Place called Woodcocks became Aitkenheads and Millie Aitkenhead married a Woodcock .



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Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

6 responses »

  1. I cant count the number of times I stopped at that bakeshop on my way home from st. Mary’s school for a butterfly bun. The cost was five cents and I have never forgotten how delicious they were. Best bakery ever

  2. this was my grand parents bakery (Almonte). I could only imagine there reaction to reading this if they were still with us. thanks for taking the time to put all this together!

  3. I just wanted to add on that every male going far back in then Aitkenhead line, I discovered that pretty well every line the males were bakers! I have became to truly believe that my passion for baking comes to me by blood.

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