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Historic Sandy Hill

While staying at McGee's Inn we offer a book on walking tours of Sandy Hill.

A fashionable residential area within easy commuting distance of Ottawa's commercial and political centre. In addition to Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Mackenzie King, a number of prominent political figures found Sandy Hill a desirable place to live: Canada's first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald and his wife, Agnes, lived in three different houses in Sandy Hill, the only one of which survives being the impressive stone house known as Stadacona Hall on Laurier Avenue, near Laurier House. Sir Charles Tupper, who became prime minister in 1896, lived a few streets away from Laurier House in the early 1870s. Sir Robert Borden, the man who defeated Sir Wilfrid Laurier in 1911 and led Canada during the First World War, lived in Sandy Hill as did Lester B. Pearson who owned a quaint Gothic cottage just around the corner from Laurier House. Pearson served as prime minister from 1963 to 1968

Few streets have as much Canadian history and politics as Daly Avenue. McGee's Inn gets it's name from John McGee who originally lived here.  From the late 1800 there lived:
• 3 Prime Ministers
• clerk of the Privy Council
• lawyer for John Whelan
• 6 fathers of Confederation
• several Superior Court judges
• mayors
• lumber barons
• Lieutenant Governors
• a major Canadian poet
• and Canada's first woman Senator