In early December, I crossed the Alexandra Bridge to head over to the Museum of History for their Christmas artisan fair. I took some photos along the way, thinking of also coming this way when winter really set in. On that particular day, we were in between snowfalls- the snow that had come down in late November was largely gone, and the next snow after this occasion was soon to come.
The Macdonald-Cartier Bridge can be viewed to the east in this shot. While we have a number of bridges crossing the Ottawa River between Ottawa and Gatineau, the next one downstream from the Macdonald-Cartier is at Hawkesbury, which is a good drive away. The white buildings you see on the right side belong to the Ottawa Rowing Club, which I've shown during Doors Open posts.
The Museum was gleaming in the daylight, both the exhibition and curatorial wings. They are the design work of the architect Douglas Cardinal.
What a difference a few weeks makes. On the afternoon of the 29th of December, I crossed the Alexandra again during heavy snow, heading over to the Museum to take in a couple of exhibits. At points the views to either shore were obscured, and the river ice had been steadily building up over those weeks.