Canada 150 Road Trip – Stop 2: Ottawa

Ottawa is the second stop on our Canada 150 Road Trip! We’re featuring a different Canadian region each month of the campaign, giving our customers the chance to win a $250 Flight Centre gift card in each destination. Learn more about the contest and see our road trip schedule.

TPH Branch 23 in Nepean is the featured location for our Ottawa trip stop! Read more about their fantastic staff, recommendations for exploring the area, and what they love about Canada!

Nestled in the valley that separates Ontario from Quebec, Ottawa is a city that has never fully surrendered its wild surroundings to concrete and steel. Our nation’s capital, the city is a lively fusion of Irish, French, Arab, and many other cultures, where what’s for dinner is a tossup between Shawarma, Beaver Tails, and Poutine! And no matter where you are, the deep green coniferous forests of the Gatineaus and the rushing waters of the three rivers that meet here are never far away.


Branch Number: 23

How long has your branch been serving the Nepean/Ottawa community?

Branch 23 was one of the original Ottawa branches, along with Branch 12 on Bank Street, and another two Branches that were located at 66 Elgin Street as well as at Merivale and Slack Road.

We have been in Nepean since the early 1970s, moving to our current location in the early 1980s.

What makes the team special at your branch?  

Two of the longest serving employees work at branch 23.

Darrell Kennedy is in his 44th year with TPH. He started in Hamilton, Ontario as a Press Operator, worked in Toronto, Vancouver and then Ottawa.

Robert Dalgleish is now in his 36th year with TPH. He also started as a Courier.

Two of our employees are also long standing TPH employees, having worked at branches in Toronto before moving to Ottawa to continue their careers. You could say we have “worked around” in the TPH network.

What do you love most about Nepean?

Nepean was originally known as Township D and was established in 1792. Our quarry provided the sandstone blocks that built the Parliament Buildings in downtown Ottawa.

Nepean boasts several famous people, including actress Sandra Oh, hockey player Steve Yzerman and astronaut Steve McLean.

We are also the home of the “Galloping Gourmet” and ”You Can’t Do That On Television”.

If I had one day in Nepean, what should I see and do?

It goes without saying that everyone should visit Parliament Hill.  As the capital of Canada, we also host an incredible collection of museums and galleries. The War Museum is of particular interest both for its architecture and its collection of historical artifacts. The windows on the North facing facade are actually Morse Code for “Lest We Forget” in both official languages.

 White water rafting on the Ottawa River is another exciting way to spend the day in our region.

How does Canada inspire you?

The life style – Robert Dalgleish

I feel lucky to be born and raised in a country like Canada. Canada inspires me to treat others with respect and to accept other Canadians and new Canadians as equals. – Matthew Magnus

Diversity, opportunity, nature, four Seasons, politeness and poutine! What more can I say? – Mark Madsen-Russell

This question I do not recall ever being asked before. One could say that the size of Canada gives us the opportunity and space to really test our limits and see what becomes of us. It allows us to explore all of the possibilities that are presented to us. I guess what I am trying to say is that it inspires us to be who we are when we figure that out for ourselves, no matter what our endeavours are. – Karl Kaczmarek

That we have the freedom to be ourselves no matter what our background is. – Darrell Kennedy

How does working for a Canadian company inspire you?

Made in Canada – Robert Dalgleish

Working for a Canadian company inspires me to work hard for what I want in life and to encourage my son to do the same. I feel proud to see Canadian products. In my opinion nothing will match good ol’ Canadian quality. Winter coats, beer, The Aero it’s all good! – Matthew Magnus

Working for a Canadian Company makes me very proud, especially for a company that operates with such respect for our environment, the diversity or our Country and being able to reach people from the Atlantic to the Pacific. – Mark Madsen-Russell

In this era of globalization it is wonderful to be working for a company that is not a foreign division of an employer that might not respect our Canadian values. The fact that we are coast to coast and not just in one region of the country is also encouraging. This allows for a wider perspective on how we operate and how we can grow in the future. – Karl Kaczmarek

How many people can say that they work for a truly 100% Canadian company? I can, as I have worked for TPH most of my life and spent time in different parts of this country. – Darrell Kennedy

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