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.


37 comments:

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

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


    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^=

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

    Tomás.

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

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

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  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 :)

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

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

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  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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  16. Nice building for the college!

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  17. Sunny but cold by the look of it.

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

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  19. 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.

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  20. @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.

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

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

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  23. 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.

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  24. Looks like they beat the crowds.

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  25. Something so tranquil about this photo!

    Janis
    Gdp

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

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  27. 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.

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  28. 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.

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

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  30. Looks like an interesting building.

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