I have more views of the Rideau Canal today during Winterlude. Here we start from a familiar point, looking east from on top of the Bank Street Bridge on a grey day.
Dow's Lake is further west, where the Canal widens out at this spot. The skateway comes up the length of the ice and goes back down again. Snowplows are parked around here to be deployed on the ice surface as needed. Numerous skaters will start off from here, and there is even a ramp down to the ice if you're using a stroller or a wheelchair.
These were taken less than a half hour later- a nod to how fast skies can change this time of year. The city's transit system runs free shuttles on the weekend during Winterlude, and I took one from the lake back towards the Bank Street Bridge, where I crossed the ice. This view west takes in skaters; note the two paramedics in the green jackets among them. Medics skate the length of the skateway in pairs during the skating season, toting backpacks with essential supplies (presumably even a defibilrator), responding to anyone who's in need of attention.
This view east still has blue sky, and a view of the bridge itself from the surface level.
Then I turned back and looked west again.
A few days later, I was waiting for the Winterlude shuttle below the bridge and took shots from this perspective. The eastern view gives a glimpse through the trees of the former convent that houses the Royal College Of Physicians and Surgeons up on the top of the slope. The western view that follows it has the skaters making their way through what was a snowy afternoon.