Thursday, March 29, 2018

Rideau Falls In Winter Conditions

I finish this tour from the New Edinburgh area with a look at the Rideau Falls in winter. New Edinburgh starts at the east bank of the Rideau River, so here on the viewing platform, I was standing at its edge. The falls had over the course of the winter largely frozen over here in the east branch. One  portion of it was open, and water was pouring down into the Ottawa River below, gradually starting to create a plunge pool in the ice at the base, carrying floes of ice from the work being done to break up the ice just upstream from here. The buildings you can see in the background include the Diefenbaker and Pearson Buildings south of Sussex, as well as the National Research Council building on the north side of the street. The Pearson and NRC buildings are on the west shore of the Rideau River. Green Island itself is home to several military monuments on its north end.

The falls looked rather magical all iced up like this.


  1. Deeply magical to me William. These are things I just never get to see!

    1. Look on "you tube" Rideau Falls Ice Caves.

  2. I agree with your summation and was thinking as to how some of these photos would make good covers for mystery novels!

  3. Wonderful pictures.

  4. Must be cold to have a falls ice over like that, quite amazing

  5. Geez I am freezing when I see your (beautiful) pictures !

  6. What impressive scenes, William !

  7. It has been a long time since I've been in such a fiercely cold climate. Kind of miss it in MODERATION, like a little bit in January.


  8. Amazing looks at the frozen waterfalls, looks so cold!

  9. Even the mighty waterfall is stopped in its tracks sometimes.

  10. Fozes waterfalls are beautiful and quite mysterious somehow.

  11. @Cloudia: it's quite a thing to see.

    @Lowell: I could see that.

    @Mildred: thank you!

    @Bill: it can get quite cold, and as long as it stays below freezing, once these ice over, they can stay that way for quite awhile.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Tom: by now it'll look quite different.

    @Gattina: we get a respectable winter here.

    @Karl: thanks!

    @Janis: we had our coldest temperatures of the winter in late December and early January.

    @Marianne: you wouldn't have wanted to fall in that water.

    @Sandi: at least at the surface.

    @Marie: they are!

    @Jan: I agree.

  12. Hello, Wow! I thought it was cold here. Beautiful captures of the frozen falls. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

  13. Great pics of the water/ice, William!

  14. Each set of falls has it's own spectacular feature. This one has a pattern to it which makes it interesting . Nice shot.

  15. It really does look like a scene from the Ice Queen fairy tale!

  16. kind of makes me think of the shot they were showing not that long ago of Niagara Falls ... that was amazing. yours is just a bit smaller and still way awesome!! great share. ( ;

  17. @Eileen: the falls do tend to ice over, at least in part, over the course of a winter.

    @RedPat: thanks!

    @Red: I like the patterns too.

    @Christine: it does, yes.

    @Beth: it's the same effect, though Niagara has a whole lot more water!

  18. That's very interesting to see.

  19. I'd be interested in how long it takes to melt! Rain on the way today!

  20. Frozen waterfalls are very impressive, something you don't see too often.

  21. @Sharon: it is!

    @Jennifer: I expect a lot of it collapsed since I took these shots, but it wouldn't surprise me if there's ice still on the rock walls surrounding the two sets of falls.

    @Fun60: it is!

    @MB: I agree.

    @Bill: here it happens.

  22. This just illustrates what a desert rat I am. I had never heard of a plunge pool before.

  23. It's gotta be terribly cold for moving water to freeze like that. It's quite a sight.

  24. Astounding images! Something I could never imagine William so it's fascinating to see here!

  25. Magical indeed -- and very, very cold! What a sight!

  26. Wauuu ... These ice are really great.
    And by the way, I like your header, too.

  27. I always love time photos, showing the same place at different times of the year. Thank you for following me, I've just discovered you! :-)

  28. Really nice photos William. They makes me want to go put on a jacket.

  29. WOW! This is winter! Great shots.

  30. @Mari: I'm familiar with it from the Niagara escarpment.

    @Kay: it would be.

    @Jack: so do I.

    @Grace: thanks!

    @Jeanie: emphasis on cold.

    @Orvokki: thank you.

    @DJan: you're welcome.

    @Pat: and a scarf. And a toque. And gloves.

    @Norma: cold is good for you!

    @Jan: thank you.

    @Klara: thanks!