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Vimy House, Centretown West, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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Location Category ID: 8150
Added to Database: 18 March 2014
Last Edited: 23 March 2014
Address: 221 Champagne Ave N, Ottawa, ON K1A 0M8
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Email:
Opening Times:
Official Website:
Other Links: Wikipedia
Ottawa Business Journal
Armorama
Latitude, Longitude: 45.409475 , -75.717312
Location Accuracy: 7
Tanks Previously Here: 1: Panzerkampfwagen I Tank - Military Vehicle Technology Foundation (MVTF), Portola Valley, San Mateo County, California, USA (Until ca 2003)
2: Panzerkampfwagen II Tank - Canadian War Museum, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Until ca2004)
3: Sturmgeschütz III Assault Gun - Canadian War Museum, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Until ca2004)
4: Panzer IV/70 Tank Destroyer - Canadian War Museum, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Until ca2004)
5: M24 Chaffee Light Tank - Canadian War Museum, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Until ca2004)
6: M3 Lee I Tank - Canadian War Museum, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Until ca2004)
7: M4A1 Sherman Grizzly Tank - Canadian War Museum, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Until ca2004)
8: M4A4 Sherman Tank - Sword and Ploughshares Museum, Reeve Craig, Kars, Ontario, Canada (Until ca2004)
9: M4A2 (76) HVSS Sherman Tank - Canadian War Museum, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Until ca2004)
10: T-34-85 Tank - Canadian War Museum, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Until ca2004)
11: T-72M1 Tank - Canadian War Museum, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Until ca2004)
12: A41 Centurion Tank - Canadian War Museum, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Until ca2004)
13: FV4201 Chieftain Tank - Canadian War Museum, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Until ca2004)
14: Churchill Great Eastern Ramp Armoured Ramp Carrier - Canadian War Museum, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Until ca2004)
15: Wasp Flamethrower Carrier - Canadian War Museum, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Until ca2004)
16: Universal Carrier 2pdr Equipped Self-Propelled Anti-Tank Gun - Canadian War Museum, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Until ca2004)
17: FV433 Abbot Self-Propelled Howitzer - Canadian War Museum, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Until ca2004)
18: L3/33 Tankette - Canadian War Museum, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Until ca2004)
19: M1917 Six-Ton Light Tank - Canadian War Museum, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Until ca2004)
20: Ram Tank - Canadian War Museum, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Until ca2004)
21: Sexton Self-Propelled Gun - Canadian War Museum, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Until ca2004)


Vimy House was a warehouse in western Ottawa used to store most of the collection of the Canadian War Museum. Originally built as Ottawa’s streetcar garage, it was turned over to the war museum when its Sussex Drive building ran out of storage and office space. The building was filled with a vast array of aged military paraphernalia, from large tanks down to many thousands of medals. It was also home to the world’s largest collection of Canadian war art. While items from the Vimy House collection would occasionally be put on display at the museum itself, the public could also visit Vimy House on special open house days and tour its collection. In 2005, the new War Museum at LeBreton Flats was opened. This war museum has enough room for storage, and so Vimy House was abandoned. The last open house was held on September 6, 2003. (Source: Wikipedia).
In 2003 the following vehicles were listed as being stored in Vimy House: Centurion, Chaffee, Chieftain, CV33, FT17 [sic – M1917], Grizzly (M4A1), M3 Lee, M4A2E8 Sherman, M4A4 Sherman, PzKfw I, PzKfw II, PzKfw IV [sic – Panzer IV/70], Ram C/OP, Stug III, T-34/85, T-72, Abbot, Sexton, BMP-R, RSO, Tracked Jeep, Weasel, Universal Carriers, Wasp Flame Thrower, Great Eastern Ramp (source: Armorama). In 2006/7 the Vimy House building was converted into a self-storage warehouse by Metcalfe Realty Company Limited (source: Ottawa Business Journal).

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September 2005

A view of the Vimy House warehouse before conversion to self-storage units, photo by Simon P
1: A view of the Vimy House warehouse before conversion to ...

Taken: 23 September 2005
Contributor: Wikimedia
Location Photo ID: 912
Added: 18 March 2014
Views: 52
Has Priority: 0
    

    

    

September 1998

LVT1 amphibious vehicle
2: LVT1 amphibious vehicle

Taken: September 1998
Contributor: A. Adams
Location Photo ID: 924
Added: 20 March 2014
Views: 42
Has Priority: 0