In many ways, Ottawa is a city forged by fire. Over the years, landmarks, neighbourhoods, and even Parliament itself have been destroyed, only to be restored or reborn in new ways.

As we explore the visual past of the capital to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation, we look back at the fires and other disasters that have struck Ottawa; tearing at its fabric, testing the resolve of its citizens and ultimately, yielding a changed city from the ashes.