On the last Sunday in January, I headed over to the Portage Bridge to photograph the view of the Ottawa River downstream, as part of a post that will come in late March. The river in this area goes around a number of islands. Before reaching the main channel, one comes across Victoria Island. The old Willson Carbide Mill drew my eye. A legacy of the industrial use of these islands, it is fenced off to keep out trespassers, though the building itself still looks sound. It was built circa 1899-1900. I last showed it to you in the fall.
Here we have a view from the bridge, over the main channel of the river. The water here tends to stay open over the winter, which is due to the Chaudiere Falls, upstream from here, churning the water and sending it swiftly downstream. There's no marker on the Portage Bridge as to the boundary between Ontario and Quebec, but this is roughly halfway out in the main channel, so for all purposes, I'm at the provincial boundary.
Coming back, I went down off the road onto the island, which is quiet through the winter. I wanted different perspectives of the mill and its adjoining structure.