Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Upon The River

The Ottawa Rowing Club was founded in 1867, and is the oldest and second largest rowing club in the country. Nestled on the Ottawa River, it offers views of the Ottawa shore, Gatineau across the river, and the nearby bridges, the Alexandra and Macdonald-Cartier. Sir John A. Macdonald was its first patron, and one of the founders. The club was participating again in Doors Open, and I stopped by.


Coming down to the floating docks, you feel the movement of the river beneath you as you walk- perhaps a bit disconcerting if you're not fond of water. Staff members were working with visitors who wanted to go out on the river. Compare these shots to the  header image above, which is from my visit last year.


One of the two clubhouses has this space up above the boat bays, which appeared to be in the process of being set up for a wedding reception.

29 comments:

  1. VERY like the collegiate boathouses in Philadelphia -and of similar vintage!

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  2. I love all the beautiful views here!

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  3. Funny that you post this, I just read that the rowing club in Berlin is going bankrupt. We're having a company party there on Friday... hope we got a good rate! ;-)

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  4. @Cloudia: these two are quite appealing.

    @Linda: so do I.

    @Halcyon: rowing is pretty big here. There are other large clubs in the area, including in New Edinburgh and down at Mooney's Bay, so the demand is there.

    @Tomas: thanks!

    @Bill: it is, yes.

    @Marianne: indeed.

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  5. Wonderful shots of the Rowing Club again, William. I remember you were there last year too, but this is always an interesting and beautiful place to be at the waterfront, I think.
    Those boats are way too narrow and shaky for me. :-)

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  6. Beautiful old rowing clubhouse William.. as you can imagine rowing is big here also. I think this would be a lovely venue for a wedding!

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  7. Love boathouses. What a special post!

    Janis
    GDP

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  8. what a pretty setting...i think that would be fun but i am not very good at rowing smoothly...i get all out of whack!

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  9. It's good that there is support for rowing. It's not a common sport here.

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  10. that is one reason why i wish i had gone to a real college, i only did the community college route. i wish i could have had a rowing career. looks like great exercise as well as a way to work as a team. love the water view, water front. love the blooms too. ( :

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  11. @Jan: they are very sleek boats.

    @Grace: I recall they were doing a reception in the evening last year as well, so it must be a popular setting for a wedding.

    @Tex: it is!

    @Janis: thanks!

    @Tanya: it's been awhile since I have spent time in boats, and that's been mostly canoes.

    @Red: it's become quite popular here.

    @Beth: it does take great teamwork.

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  12. That's a pretty fancy "club"! I do like to watch rowers row. There are many of them on Tampa Bay. I think your "Doors Open" event is wonderful as it allows people to see places up close they might never get to see otherwise.

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  13. What fun it might have been to be on a rowing team or at least out rowing with a bunch. I have been in a canoe but of course much different. Lovely views. No clouds in last years image but aren't clouds grand.
    MB

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  14. this place certainly has a beautiful setting.

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  15. Beautiful views. It looks really nice William.

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  16. A great location for a reception!

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  17. @Lowell: it is an event that many people come out for.

    @MB: I did like the contrast in the sky between last year and this year. If only both days this year had been dry!

    @Sharon: it does. It's quite rare in the core of Ottawa to have anything right on the river- most things are up on the heights.

    @Luis: thanks!

    @RedPat: it is.

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  18. Gosh! This reminds me of the rowing teams here practicing out on the Potomac.

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  19. The yacht club exterior design has cosy appeal. Amazing how much strength and stamina is required to row effectively in a team.

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  20. Beautiful lawn. Terrific dock area. Just think of the money that takes to maintain.

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  21. Floating docks? I would probably feel dizzy.

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  22. Looks like a beautiful place to spend a day, even if, like me, you're not into rowing....

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  23. I've been there, dragon boating! Not in awhile, though.

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  24. Those rowing shells are s-o-o-o-o sleek. It looks like a very nice club.

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  25. The sky in most of these photos certainly is lovely.

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