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Above: A two-horse cab on Parliament Hill. Most Ottawa cabs, especially "street cabs" that picked up fares from cab stands, seem to have been pulled by one horse. This was adequate for most cab loads which then as now consisted of only one or two passengers. Although two-horse cabs did appear on stands (below) they were more likely to be hired from a livery stable for occasions when four people were travelling together to a party or other event. In Winnipeg, however, two horses were the norm and one-horse cabs were a rarity due to that city's notoriously muddy streets, (see Winnipeg Cab History).

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Top: Horse and carriage on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ont. (Topley Studio / Library and Archives Canada / PA-012803). Bottom: Western Departmental Buildings -- Parliament Buildings, circa 1880 (Library and Archives Canada / C-010017)

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