I'm starting off a series of sorts from a visit I made in August, heading into the neighbourhood of New Edinburgh. It's on the far side of the Rideau River here, near the end of the river's course. The foundations you see in the river are those of a former bridge; other bridges are now close by, upstream and downstream.
This is the downstream bridge, the Minto Bridge, which steps onto Green Island. Here the Rideau River divides into two for its final stretch.
The John Diefenbaker Building takes up part of Green Island. Named after one of our prime ministers, the building houses extra staff from the department of Foreign Affairs, which is headquartered in the Pearson Building just west of here. The Diefenbaker Building was the former Ottawa City Hall, up until the turn of the century. The architecture would get Dan Brown speculating for a new novel (perhaps Robert Langdon learns the Group of Seven were hiding a dark secret in their paintings that leads to the pyramids on this island and the truth about the Maple Syrup Cabal).
This reflecting pool can be found here, with two sculptures perched within. One is a man inside a portion of a rocket, while the other features a polar bear perched on a pyramid, once again combining the pyramid and cones motif of the architecture.
Out on the north side of the island, in this park, we have a front view of the complex. I'll be back in this park to show you what's here, including where the river meets its end, but that'll be when I conclude this series.