While it is possible to control the levels of water in the Rideau Canal, the river it is linked to is another matter. The Rideau River follows a parallel course in the city before it too joins the Ottawa River. This spring, in April, the river spilled over its banks in Old Ottawa South.
From what I heard, it didn't get into any homes along this stretch, but it came close. The shoreline here is more parkland, actually, though in this part of town, the houses aren't that far away from the river.
The roads down here were closed off to cars, and you can see how far the river had come up; the brush there on the right in this picture is the natural shoreline of the river.
These trees are usually lined by a walking path, not surrounded by water.
How will the trees fare this summer after the flood? We'll have to find out.
In the background of this shot, you can see the river. Awhile back I posted about the Brighton Oak which has been carved into fascinating sculptures. This is where it stood.
I'll be back tomorrow with more shots from the river, but I'll leave off with this. The kayaker was rowing where there's usually ground.