Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Return To Strathcona Park

These shots are from early September. I was last up around Strathcona Park in the Sandy Hill area back in June while in the area for Doors Open; you might remember this fountain from one of the entrances into the park. In the second shot, the house at the left contains a restaurant and French cuisine school, Le Cordon Bleu, which is a regular part of Doors Open. I missed that this year, and will have to remedy that next year.

It had, however, been quite awhile since I'd been down in the park itself, and on this particular gloomy day, being in the area and having some spare time, I went down the stairs to pay a visit.

This squirrel was busy digging around in the grass.

The park runs along the west shore of the Rideau River here as it runs towards its end at the Ottawa River. The Vanier area is across the river.

Upstream from here, the bridge you see here is a relatively recent addition, a pedestrian bridge linking the two neighbourhoods.

I have more from the park tomorrow.


  1. ...green spaces like this are such important part of a city.

  2. That's a beautiful fountain. Great that you could photograph that cute squirrel.

  3. I like a park with wild squirrels hopping around. We never see that here.

  4. Those steps...
    I hope you have a fit bit, or something to count the steps you take. You got a lot that day.


  5. @Tom: they certainly are.

    @Jan: it was a good photo subject!

    @Marianne: they are quite common here.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Janis: my posts for the next few days are all from that day.

  6. What a beautiful park, William. The setting is so serene.

  7. Beautiful urban park that gives people a pleasant place for a walk or just to be outdoors.

  8. You sure get around. I appreciate it!

  9. Somehow I keep thinking that the park like setting is the perfect place Le Cordon Bleu to be located.

  10. @Susie: it's a pretty location.

    @Red: definitely!

    @Marleen: it is.

    @Jennifer: I get a lot of walking in!

    @Lois: so do I.

    @Sharon: it's a pretty area.

  11. I like especially the beautiful fountain, and well, that little squirrel too !

  12. Another beautiful park! The fountain is particularly beautiful.

  13. It's a nice park. I love the beautiful fountain and the view down from the stairs!

  14. I agree with Sharon.. the Cordon bleu school would fit perfectly in these surrounds William. Very sweet wee squirrels, although I bet the park gardeners don't think so ☺

  15. You are troubadour of the area, William

  16. There are so many parks in Ottawa!

  17. The park looks like a great place to walk. It even has wild squirrels, we don't see them here.

  18. Nice pictures. Stairs are my favourite.

  19. What a beautiful park, and a lovely header photograph - the colours in those trees are wonderful.

    All the best Jan

  20. Great park, William! I love the squirrel, steps and fountain! :)

  21. I always wonder if those squirrels remember where they hide those nuts?

  22. Another gorgeous park along that magnificent river. The squirrel is kinda cute. I think I have a certain affinity with squirrels - it has something to do with being "nuts."

  23. Another great series William. The old fountains always seem to be very impressive, and I like the staircase. The little squirrel is burying or digging up his acorns perhaps. If he forgets where some are, maybe there will be more mighty oaks in your park.

  24. @Karl: I suspect that squirrel had peanuts on his mind.

    @Christine: this is certainly a pretty park to spend time in.

    @Tamago: that fountain has proven to be popular.

    @Grace: fortunately the squirrels are so cute.

    @Revrunner: yes, I didn't walk back up- took the street instead.

    @Cloudia: that's one good description.

    @RedPat: we've got a lot of them.

    @Bill: we've got many squirrels!

    @Klara: they're quite a descent.

    @Jan: thank you!

    @Linda: thanks!

    @Janey: they can't keep track of all of it!

    @Lowell: I know the feeling!

    @Denise: that's what the trees all count on!

  25. gorgeous park, love the fountain. nice!! seems very well taken care of. ( ;

  26. Lovely fountain. The squirrels look well fed. They are probably getting ready for winter.

  27. Beautiful park with a lovely fountain. It is wonderful to see squirrels busy in the park.

  28. @Beth: I suspect it'll be shut off for the winter very soon.

    @Mari: this one certainly looked in fine shape. They do stay out during the winter, though we see less of them. The chipmunks disappear for the season.

    @Nancy: this one was definitely busy.

    @Kay: it is. I don't get out that way very often.

    @Norma: I do too.