Book explores Ottawa's lost history

If you grew up in Ottawa, you probably have fond memories of cafes and movie theaters that are no longer around.

The city has seen its fair share of change and that's something that historian David McGee has set out to preserve in a new book.

"The city changes a lot faster than you think," said McGee, the founder of the popular Facebook page Lost Ottawa. "We live here and in 10 years it doesn't seem to change, but when you look at these photos you realize things change quite drastically and radically."

He's preserved the most popular photos from the Facebook page in a book of the same name, Lost Ottawa. He said it's those photos and the history they show that people truly relish.

"This is the kind of history that's closer to the people. It's closer to their everyday lives," said McGee. "It's about their identities because most of the stories are related to the experiences they've had in their lives." 

He said one of the most rewarding aspects of running Lost Ottawa is hearing about how the page has helped re-connect childhood friends who lost touch over the years.

The book launch takes place on Sunday at Books on Beechwood from 12 until 2 p.m.