Today we have a very different bridge over the Rideau Canal from yesterday's Corktown Bridge. The Pretoria Bridge links the north side of the Glebe with the Ottawa East neighbourhood. It is a vertical lift bridge dating back nearly a century, bearing the name of the road above it, which was named as a nod to veterans of the South African War of 1899-1902. The middle section can rise during the summer to allow taller boats through the gap. This time of year, skaters pass beneath it.
This is the arch for one of the walking paths. I like the stonework.
There are two similar structures at the west side, on both sides of the street. It's from here that the middle section can be raised.
The view of the bridge from the north side.
And from the south.
While this shot from on top of the bridge looks southward again, skaters going back and forth along this stretch of the Canal. Throughout Winterlude, this stretch of ice will be much used. Some facts about the Canal skateway: the route is a total of 7.8 kilometres from the Ottawa Locks to the Hartwell Locks, and the total surface area adds up to over 165 000 square metres, the size of 90 Olympic sized rinks. It holds the Guinness record for the largest naturally frozen skating surface in the world.
Back to the ice sculptures tomorrow...