As a conclusion for Canada 150, something was added for the winter season to Parliament Hill: a skating rink. It opened up in December, and will stay open through Winterlude. These first shots were taken before the rink was open, in between snowfalls in early December. I photographed from near the base of the Peace Tower, and then descended to rink side for the second shot.
I came by one evening after it first opened for skaters. The lighting around the rink gradually shifts over time, from blues into pinks and purples. It creates a moody, dream-like sensibility. I photographed first when the ice was empty, then when skaters were on the surface.
On another day, young figure skaters from the Minto Skating Club were on the ice doing a demonstration. I have featured members of this club before on the ice at Ottawa's City Hall.
While the rink has generally been about skating, as opposed to hockey, it has hosted some games for the latter. Parliamentarians, for example, played a game here against journalists one day- a useful thing, I think, to have politicians from all parties playing together on the same team. And during the weekend of the Ottawa Senators- Montreal Canadiens outdoor game at Lansdowne Park, a number of Senators from the last twenty five years split up into two teams and played an alumni game here. I came by after the game was over. The last player still on the ice at this point was the goaltender Patrick Lalime, who played for the Senators from 1999-2004.
One final view of the rink from the perspective of the steps leading up to the Peace Tower. I took this one on one of the evenings when I was taking in the winter light show over the holidays.