Embassy of Cuba, Ottawa

Ottawa Old Ottawa East Canada
Embassy of Cuba in Ottawa
Embassy of Cuba in Canada (April 2005).jpg
LocationOld Ottawa East
AddressMain Street
Coordinates45°24′12″N 75°40′31″W / 45.40325°N 75.675223°W / 45.40325; -75.675223Coordinates: 45°24′12″N 75°40′31″W / 45.40325°N 75.675223°W / 45.40325; -75.675223

The Embassy of Cuba in Ottawa is the Cuban embassy in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It is located at 388 Main Street in Old Ottawa East.

History

Diplomatic relations between Canada and Cuba began in 1945, and were uninterrupted by the Cuban Revolution.

The Cuban embassy was initially located at 690 Island Park Drive[1] and subsequently relocated to Chapel Street in Sandy Hill. For many years the Chapel Street location was the target of repeated terrorist attacks by anti-Castro groups based in the United States. The first of these was an improvised bomb made out of bazooka shells that went off on September 22 1966.[2] It caused only minor damage to the embassy. The bomb blew out the embassy's windows, and those of many nearby homes and made a crater in the sidewalk. In 1968 the embassy moved into a stone manor at 700 Echo Drive in Old Ottawa South, which was the site of another unsuccessful attack in 1974. It moved to its present heavily fortified location in 1977.

This bombing campaign would continue until 1980 with the embassy and the Cuban consulate in Montreal being repeatedly attacked. Most of these attacks were small and badly planned and only one person was killed: Sergio Pérez Castillo, who died when the consulate in Montreal was bombed in 1972.

Cuba also maintains Consulate General offices in Toronto and Montreal.

References

  1. ^ "The Canada Year Book - 1957-58". Canada Census and Statistics Office. 1958. p. 105.
  2. ^ "Incident Details: 19660922090303001". Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society.