Thursday, November 19, 2015

Along The Canal

Taken from the Bronson Avenue bridge, this view shows where the Rideau Canal widens out into Dow's Lake. Across is the Arboretum, which I'll have more photographs of later (my present header image is from fall colours in the Arboretum a couple of years back).

This view is from one of the local streets- the lake can be found down at the end of the street.

While these fall colours can be found at the north end of the lake. The statue is one I haven't shown in a long while; it is one of a matching pair, while its counterpart can be found in the Netherlands.

And we leave off with two views of Parliament Hill, the Bytown Museum, and Gatineau on the far shore, here where the Canal meets the Ottawa River at the Ottawa Locks. The first was when the Canal was still open for boating; the second was taken down along the locks, after the water levels had been lowered in preparation for the winter.


  1. Beautiful scene and the river is so big.
    You have lovely day to walk here and there.

  2. Looks so nice round there, would not think it was on the other side of the world to me

  3. More gorgeous fall colors. And the Rideau canal is always nice to see.

  4. Super series William. I am fascinated by the locks. I've watched them in action in France, still can't quite 100% understand how they work :)

  5. I'm with Perth Daily. Great series. Locks and canals scare me a little bit. As a child, I think I read a story about someone falling in!


  6. I love your perspective on this series, William! Beautiful!

  7. I see that Ottawa has plenty of water. And it is beautiful with its Dominion Alboretum, Dow Lake Pavilion. Is that, by any chance, your neighborhood ...? It much be very nice.


  8. Another nice series, William !
    I like the view in the first photo.

  9. more pretty fall the statue holding up cowboy hats?

  10. Good use of the canals have been made by including them in the park system and for some good boating. You've got lots of color in these photos.

  11. The first photo shows a very peaceful scene. You have some lovely fall colours.

  12. My favorite kind of post: nice things and places along the water!

  13. The canal looks gorgeous in the top shot!

  14. I didn't realize that canals got lowered for the winter.

  15. I am amazed that there are still autumn leaves about. Gorgeous shots. You have some pretty amazing architecture there too.

  16. Whoa! They really did lower the water levels.

  17. Gorgeous shots William. My favourite is the one before last!

  18. I like the statue. Do you happen to know where in the Netherlands the other half is?

  19. @Tex: thanks!

    @Orvokki: I do prefer to photograph on more pleasant days.

    @Bill: it seems that it was a pleasant fall here.

    @Halycon: I can never get tired of the Canal.

    @Grace: the locks are a fascinating construct, after all!

    @Janis: I've seen people jump into those locks, drunk on a Canada Day.

    @Linda: thanks!

    @Tomas: with the shot from the Bronson bridge, my neighbourhood would be off to the left of where I was photographing from.

    @Karl: thank you!

    @Tanya: more like farmer's hats.

    @Norma: thank you!

  20. @EG: thanks!

    @Sharon: thank you!

    @Red: hopefully with the new government in place some better care can be made of the Canal.

    @Nancy: thank you!

    @VP: mine too!

    @Jose: it was a very pleasant day that day. I've photographed it from there in a very different mood.

    @RedPat: in this case, yes. I imagine it has something to do with ice expanding and causing a potential problem in terms of the walls of the Canal if they left it at full capacity.

    @Lauren: now most of them are down, but this was a pretty good fall.

    @Revrunner: they will raise them up a bit before it's time to ice over, though.

    @Ciel: thank you!

    @Marleen: it's in Apeldoorn, as I understand it.

  21. The canal seems really great William from the many pictures you have posted, to have it at the end of the street would be great...

  22. looks like calm waters. i love the spires or tall buildings in the shot. very cool area. ( :

  23. I'm originally from Birmingham UK, and have a fondness for canals. None on the island I live now. Takes me back to changing locks and long slow barging.

  24. Beautiful shots William! I have always been fascinated by locks too. My father used to tell me about the locks he saw when he went through the Panama Canal during WWII.

  25. Nice series! You recorded some beautiful autumn days.

  26. Thank you for that! It gives a good idea of Ottawa as a whole - and Canada's famous fall.

  27. The statue guy looks happy about something and I bet you'll tell us what someday.

  28. Beautiful shots! I've ridden through locks — fascinating!

  29. Fun photos. As ever. I like that you explain them ABOVE the photo.

  30. The trees are beautiful. We don't see autumn colors in Florida much. And this one has been unusually warm.

  31. @Geoff: thank you.

    @Beth: it is!

    @Jane: I'm quite used to this canal by now.

    @Lois: and those are a lot bigger.

    @Kay: some days in August can be splendid.

    @LDP: you're welcome.

    @Eve: happy suits him.

    @Linda: I have not.

    @Jennifer: I like setting them up that way.

    @Whisk: thank you!

    @Shelly: we get great fall colours.