The House at Sand Point

The House at Sand Point

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Sand Point is a community in the township of McNab/Braeside, Ontario, along the Ottawa River, roughly six miles to the west of Arnprior on the River Road. During the 1860s and early 1870s it was the terminus of the Canada Central Railway (subsequently acquired by the Canadian Pacific Railway). At one point Sand Point boasted a hotel, a dance hall, a general store, and a post office. For decades Sand Point was the Ontario terminus of the Sand Point, Ontario-Norway Bay, Quebec ferry which provided access to the CPR and Anrprior.

In 1970 Mr. and Mrs Chateauvert owned a white clapboard clad log home built by the area’s first doctor that was built in 1834. When the house was built Sand Point was becoming the hub of activity on the Upper Ottawa River. Steamers brought daily needs from the head of Chat’s Lake for the then diminishing fur-trade. Word was Sand Point was the up and coming place that was going to rival Arnprior, Renfrew, and even Pembroke.

All this activity brought Dr. Ward to build his log home on the river’s edge and he imported suitable furnishings from Perth. By 1868 the railroad had reached the village and construction began on more warehouses and stores to accommodate all the new opportunity seekers.

Somewhere the 1860s Dr. Ward had left the area and another family acquired the house adding more history to the little log cabin. Lumber company inspector and Scotsman, Peter McLean moved in lock stock and barrel with his bride Theodosia in 1870. Theodosia, according to history was quite the woman and became the first woman telegrapher in Canada when the new railway depot opened in 1868.

When their daughter Belle died in 1967 the house would be anticipating changes when the Chateauverts bought in 1969. Belle left much of the period furniture that was with the house such as spindle chairs, early prints, lamps etc. The first thing the Chateauverts noticed was notice that the squared timber walls had been covered with plaster for more than a 100 years. Joseph died in 2002 and his wife Mary Frances died in 1994. Little did they  know that all the uncovering they did of those timbers would preserve the house for another 100 years.


Douglas Mccomb– Sand Point was a family affair. My uncle Duncan Millar’s father owned the big stone hotel at one time. When I was little we used to go up there at least once a week to visit Mr. Millar. He lived in two huge rooms on the second floor and it was like going back in time. He had a huge wood stove and a rocking chair that I just was amazed by. Went to Norway Bay on the old Norvic 11 a few times to parties at a friend of my Dad’s. The band used to sit on the stove in the kitchen. One of the biggest wood stoves in my memory.

Linda Storie

The house pictured was next door to my Grandparent Margaret and Clark Storie where my father was born and remamber they people next door as I was born in 1949 and spent many summers and time there


(Veteran WWII) (Retired – Boeing Canada) Suddenly at home, Sand Point on Saturday, January 26, 2002. Joseph Anthony Chateauvert at the age of 77 years. Beloved husband of the late Mary Frances Appleby (1994). Dear father of Tom (Helen) of Ottawa and Simon (Arlene) of Parry Sound. Loved brother of Mrs. Olive Kelly of Arnprior. Predeceased by brothers Ed, Bill, Desmond, Albert and P.L. Shanks Chateauvert as well as a sister, Mrs. Rita Corrigan. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

On February 9, 1904, Canadian Pacific train 7 collided head on with Canadian Pacific train 8 about two miles west of Sand Point. Thirteen people were killed:

  • Joseph Jackson, engineer, Ottawa
  • W. Mullen, newsagent, Montreal
  • Robert Thompson, express messenger, Montreal
  • John O’Toole, baggageman, Ottawa
  • Ernest Dubois, firefighter, Hochelaga
  • Nelson Robertson, express manager, Montreal
  • Joseph Chalu
  • Dolphis Seguin
  • J. Carriere
  • M. LeBrun
  • William Pouilotte, Whitney, Ontario
  • two unidentified persons


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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  11 Jul 1910, Mon,  Page 1

So what happened to this photo?

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  27 Feb 1960, Sat,  Page 34

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  21 Apr 1900, Sat,  Page 14

Photos: Sand Point flood

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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