Tuesday, June 26, 2018

River Viewpoints

My Doors Open visits included a new spot on the list of sites, close to the South African High Commission (which, unfortunately, cancelled its participation at the last minute). This modern building has stood at the northwest edge of the New Edinburgh neighbourhood for years, at 50 Sussex Drive. It had been empty for some time, but the Royal Geographical Society Of Canada moved into it as a new headquarters in time for the 150th anniversary of the country last year, and opened it up to the public for Doors Open this year.

The Society is an educational organization that funds research and expeditions. Among its ventures is the magazine Canadian Geographic; a number of covers were assembled on banners adorning the walls.

This display screen allowed satellite views of given locations entered into the computer.

This large map was about populations of First Nations people in the country.

The building comes with terrific views on its north side, from inside and outside, of the Ottawa River.

Here we have another look at the building itself.

The building neighbours the east branch of the Rideau Falls, seen here as it spills into the Ottawa River. One of the tourist boats was in the area while I was here, and got up close to the waterfalls.


  1. Great views and a worthwhile exhibition.

  2. Beautiful falls! You report on such interesting places.

  3. Lovely to acknowledge the First Nations. They are so diverse.

  4. Beautiful falls. So wonderful to be able to get so near to the falls.

  5. i always enjoy waterfalls. love the glass front. nice! ( ;

  6. @Lady Fi: thank you!

    @Linda: I've got a lot to work from.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Janis: they are indeed.

    @Nancy: it's quite a waterfall- or a set of waterfalls.

    @Beth: thanks!

  7. The Royal Geographical Society have got themselves a very nice spot there William. Lovely to see ✨

  8. Those are beautiful falls. :-)

  9. Hello, the building is pretty. I like the modern design. Nice views of the river and waterfalls. Enjoy your day!

  10. That is a great spot for the geographical society.

  11. Canadian geographic is one of my favorites.

  12. @Grace: it's quite a building.

    @DJan: they certainly are.

    @Eileen: thank you!

    @RedPat: it definitely is.

    @Red: it's a good magazine.

    @Catarina: yes, indeed.

  13. Now that is a place I'd enjoy visiting.

  14. Lovely water falls and other photos!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  15. The falls are pretty! Always nice to see more of Canada!

  16. Gorgeous falls and a lovely location for the Royal Geographical Society.

  17. @Marie: I enjoy coming up this way.

    @Sharon: from time to time I like getting out here. This was my first time inside the building, so it was a treat.

    @Cloudia: you're welcome.

    @Carol: thank you!

    @Jenn: it is indeed.

    @Bill: it's a good spot for them to have.

  18. ...the Rideau Falls look like a miniature Niagara.

  19. The boat is a good way to getclose to the falls. The building has a great view over the river:)

  20. I liked the falls, but that boat does look a tad close.

  21. I'd love to visit the Geographical Society! Those exhibits look outstanding. The building and location are very nice, too.

  22. That's a well-planned beautiful building and a pleasant way to learn. I would like to learn more from the map of the First Nations (am just now reading a book about another sad chapter in this country's history with one of our First people tribes. The book is "Killers of the Flower Moon.' ) The view from the windows is wonderful .... and that tour boat obviously gave its riders their money's worth!

  23. There are beautiful displays there and a splendid waterfall.

  24. That's such beautiful waterfalls. The view must be really nice up close from the boat!

  25. Lovely views of the Ottawa River.
    Nice to see the falls too.

    All the best Jan

  26. Interesting place and beautiful view.

  27. @Tom: emphasis on miniature!

    @Rosie: I have to get out on a boat sometime and do it that way.

    @Mari: I think they have gotten to know the water there quite well, but that's as close as they get.

    @Kay: it's a great spot!

    @Sallie: I was looking at a map recently at another spot of First Nations languages across the continent pre-contact. It's a vast network of cultures.

    @Jeanie: I enjoy coming up this way.

    @Tamago: it would be!

    @Jan: thanks!

    @Klara: thank you!