Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Royal College

 I was on the Bank Street Bridge getting skating photos over the Rideau Canal on what turned out to be the final day of skating, just over a week ago. This view over the east side features the former convent overlooking the Canal. Today it serves as home for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.


  1. Are you bummed that winter is coming to the end? Or, endish.

  2. Hanging on to Northern Winter, my dear? Everyone else is straining to Spring, LOL

    ALOHA from Honolulu

  3. For the people you see ... it seems that this has already finished.


  4. One of the best parts of winter is skating the canals. But I'm sure you're ready for spring - and tulips!

  5. What a beautiful view! As skating season is over, it must be getting warmer :-)

  6. A grand building appropriate for this use! I can't believe you're still getting snow William although I do love to click here and see images like this beauty today :)

  7. Two happy skaters, they have all the canal for themselves.
    The college looks great !

  8. Beautiful view and I see two skaters out there taking advantage of the last day.

  9. @Whisk: it's not that far off, though yesterday we had a bit of snow and today feels quite cold.

    @Cloudia: I'll desperately miss winter when it finally goes.

    @Tomas: yes, but as of today the ice on the Canal is still in place. In a couple of weeks that might be different.

    @Halcyon: I suspect that tulips may be late this year.

    @Gill: it is. I have always enjoyed seeing it, and I often pass over this bridge and get that view.

    @Tanya: it certainly does sprawl over its property. Actually it's more of an administrative center- medical students are assigned in hospitals throughout the area, and come here, as I understand it, for exams and evaluations.

    @Tamago: it doesn't feel warm today, but they did come to a point where the skating season had to end. This was a long one this year.

    @Grace: I woke up yesterday morning, looked outside, and sure enough, more snow.

    @Tex: back in the day the place was surrounded by stone walls instead of iron fences, either to keep people out or the nuns in.

    @Karl: it's a grand building.

    @Sharon: they would have been among the last. The Canal closed up around ten that evening, and this was around four in the afternoon. Not many skaters after that.

  10. The doctors that are studying there can take a break and go for a skate!

  11. A great place for skating, the college is an amazing building!

  12. I just thought about the name Royal College and wonder where that comes from. Yes, interesting photo.

  13. Nice shot, but I'm glad I'm down here in the warmer temp zone!

  14. 2 happy skaters !

  15. Love the expanse of this, William, so much to see. :)

  16. That's a very nice place for them!

  17. Nice building for the college!

  18. Sunny but cold by the look of it.

  19. Yeah, the outdoor skating is over here as well. Darn it.

  20. The final day of skating ... what a sad moment. But of course it's easy for me to say that, because we have hardly had any winter this year Anyway, I can imagine you are looking forward for spring after a long and cold winter.

  21. @Linda: the ice is accessible close to there.

    @MB: thanks!

    @VP: I hope it is open for Doors Open this year- I'd love to get inside again.

    @Red: as I understand it this organization also deals with complaints against physicians.

    @Cheryl: winter is good for you.

    @Anna: definitely!

    @Linda: it'll look different once the trees on that slope are leafed out.

    @Ciel: it is quite a lovely place.

    @RedPat: it serves the purpose.

    @Marleen: yes, quite cold.

    @Stuart: I haven't checked the status of the outdoor rinks here, but they'll probably close at the end of the week if they're still open.

    @Jan: oh, I don't mind winter sticking around.

  22. Interesting picture William, it has timeless quality with that building in the background.

  23. Curious! I just noticed yesterday that a crew was dismantling a skate rink near me.

  24. That is a nice looking building. I love seeing your pictures of people skating on the canals. I never even knew they did that until I started following your blog.

  25. Looks like they beat the crowds.

  26. Something so tranquil about this photo!


  27. Ottawa sets the gold standard for skating ... impressive ... starting the river

  28. It's such a nice setting to begin with. Then add in a great public skating area like that and it's sublime. Such a nice area for being out of doors in the winter.

  29. I'm guessing that someone must be measuring the thickness of the ice and watching the weather to make the decision to close the ice skating down. It must be a huge disappointment to many.

  30. From convent to physicians. An interesting leap of faith.

  31. Looks like an interesting building.

  32. @Geoff: it does!

    @Revrunner: here the Canal is closed for the season, but the outdoor rinks at City Hall and Lansdowne are still in use.

    @Lois: it's a great tradition going back decades now.

    @Jennifer: I've known it more when I was living in the area.

    @Jen: we get lots of snow here.

    @Randy: they do.

    @Janis: it is.

    @Denton: it's quite a tradition.

    @Kay: that is true.

    @EG: yes, that's always done.

    @Gemma: quite so.

    @Linda: yes, I've been inside once.