Originally created in mid 1997,
as our contribution to the community, this web site was launched in our space
at Sympatico. It grew there and shared space with the Cambridge and District
Humane Society and Cambridge Galleries. At first it was comprised of about 10
pages with a few pictures. Within a half year, the site was revamped and
featured its popular
Collage. It featured some rudimentary parks pages (extracted from the now
defunct Cambridge Reporter's "Activities Guide") but the information was out
there. It began to present contact information for the city (which soon
staled). The postcard center was launched near the end of February, 1998 - with
16 different Cambridge cards.
By this time the site had outgrown Sympatico's space and they wouldn't sell
us any more so we sought an alternative. That turned out to be (the now
defunct) Huron Internet Technologies of Kitchener. The Humane Society, Cambridge Galleries and Cambridge's Public Library System
got their own addresses and this site was left as a "stand-alone" site.
At the beginning of 1998, the site was noticed and brought to the
attention of the Cambridge Reporter, Cambridge's daily newspaper. Visitorship
took a very small step up. Then, about one month later, visitorship doubled and
now is more than 10 times that.
We enhanced the parks section and added a new
section on trails.
Trails brought visitors from outside of Cambridge to the "Tour de Grande"
bicycle rally. The site was succeeding.
The postcard center, in the meantime, went up and down until it finally came
to a crashing halt in September of 1998. It was a mere week later when our site
took to its sick bed. We experienced server problems. Recovery was slow but we
found our way back on to the Internet. It took a little while but conditions
improved, the Postcard Center returned but changes in technology brought it to
Then the end of 1998 came around and the site had grown so large with features like
old postcards which were contributed to this
site by Isabelle Cowan Morley residing in the U.S.A. She was a child visiting Cambridge
when her grandmother lived here. Her grandmother had held on to these postcards from many
years ago. Isabelle was kind enough to contribute copies of the well maintained specimens
so we could share them with the world. We believe these images to now be in public
In celebration of the upcoming new year, we wanted to do something special
for the holidays so we went out and started taking more pictures. We couldn't
get enough of them processed quickly enough so the Cambridge Times graciously
permitted us to reproduce their 1998 Festival of Lights images.
Here, we saw an opportunity. We now had a chance to revamp this site once again. While
visitors to the site got to see a daytime picture of the Christmas tree at Queen's Square
between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm, and evening images of that same tree - alternating with the
Cambridge Times' pictures from their Festival of Lights at night, we started redesigning
The 1998 cover page collage could no longer support more links. The site had outgrown
the navigation tools. We needed a fresh approach. Something a little faster... more
Since the last collage celebrated (pretty much) the history of Cambridge, we
decided that the
collage would celebrate Cambridge's future. Hence, the image of
transportation, contemporary industry, contemporary housing and trees (you need
some nature) graces the front page as a decorative image depicting our future
in this burgeoning tourism, technology and industry based community.
A desktop wallpapers page, new to the
day, outgrew this site and was launched at
where you can find Cambridge backgrounds for your monitor.
Navigation to main areas are from textual links while you will find links to
lower level sections in the pull-down menus - all on the side-bar to the left.
We believe this site to run properly in all contemporary, popular browsers and
computers/platforms. (It has been tested on PC compatible and LINUX). Navigation hints
and tips may be found on the help page of this web site.
Because of the new volume of information, the new layout does not always permit us to,
as we have in the past, design pages that will work on 640 x 480 pixel screen resolution
but most computers (even some still running Windows 3.1) can be set to a higher
resolution (i.e. 800 x 600). For help with resolution settings please consult your
manuals or contact your computer hardware dealer.
Through the year you will see numerous enhancements. We hope, through the next
summer, to add more virtual tours of parks and to offer more images of Cambridge's
Heritage Trails. Given the opportunity we will also add a business development section.
We thank you for visiting Virtual Cambridge and hope you will enjoy your
tour many times again.
This web site is is unofficial and is in no way connected with the
Corporation of the City of Cambridge other than describing our perspective on
May 24, 2000: On May 22, 2000 we capitulated on
certain issues in question regarding actions undertaken by The Cambridge
Public Library System, the Corporation of the City of Cambridge and their
lawyers. Our library and gallery sites will no longer promote Cambridge. They
will be revamped to attempt to serve a wider, virtual only public. On today's
date, this web site officially adopted it's URL http://CambridgeWeb.Net
as its site name. This site will now be known as CambridgeWeb.Net.
We appreciate those who have supported our web sites and hope you will
continue to find value in the sites we bring to you. Enjoy your visit and
please come back!