Sunday, September 2, 2018

The Old Carbide Mill On The Island

This being the Labour Day weekend, I will be likely fairly scarce today and tomorrow, and will have to catch up after the weekend.

One day back in early July I came up to Portage Bridge to take a shot or two of the Ottawa River for the Change theme day. I decided to photograph the former Willson Carbide Mill that resides here on Victoria Island. Compare it to this winter visit from a post in February. The river itself and the Alexandra Bridge can be glimpsed in the background. I started walking around the perimeter, photographing as I went.

This final view of the structure includes the spires of Parliament Hill in the background.


  1. Oh my word, William, I clicked back to your winter post; what a difference. Like Gattina above, I love old buildings. Thanks for sharing. Jo

  2. Love the old mill building William, in any season.. was wondering if it is or will be used for anything?

  3. ...this was built to last, I hope that it is put to good use.

  4. An investor could turn this mill into a destination all on its own. We've got one that has been repurposed and is amazing. That stonework is fabulous.


  5. I like how they used stones in the walls.

  6. enjoy your Labouring ... yep. i will say it that way. lol!! why not??! love the stone work. ( :

  7. What a great old building with those fantastic stone walls.
    Although you've made some very nice shots of it again, I prefer the winter series as a whole.

  8. Lots of texture in the walls of this old building. I love seeing things like that. So many interesting angles to shoot.

  9. @Gattina: so do I.

    @Jo: you're welcome.

    @Grace: I'm not sure. The island status may not allow for anything but preservation, as there is a First Nations site close by.

    @Tom: they built it solidly.

    @Janis: it is quite a building.

    @Sandi: me too.

    @Beth: thanks!

    @Jan: both suit me.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Jeanie: true!

  10. An industrial plant from another age. How different!

  11. That is a very solid looking old stone structure. I'm surprised it hasn't been turned into something else.

  12. Good thing it wasn't taxed per window.

  13. Interesting photos. I wonder about all the bars on the windows.

  14. Love the stone works and neat photos!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores

  15. That is quite a contrast. I guess the snows are not that far away?

  16. Beautiful old building. It's sad it isn't being used.

  17. @RedPat: I have always liked it.

    @Red: they built it well.

    @Sharon: I think there are several reasons it isn't beng used.

    @Revrunner: true!

    @Marie: definitely.

    @DJan: I am not sure about that.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Bill: it is indeed.

    @Janey: and closer to winter each day!

    @Marleen: that it is.

    @Maywyn: it has character.

  18. Beautiful old building -- well made and made to last. I was just wondering if Canada celebrated Labor Day too. Now I know, thank you!! Hope you are enjoying your long weekend.

  19. Don't you just love these old buildings and the colour of the stonework!
    Great pictures William, thank you.

    All the best Jan

  20. I'm going to have to look up carbide!

  21. I remember liking this place from the older post. I also like seeing places in different seasons.

  22. @Klara: it's quite a location.

    @Sallie: we do indeed.

    @Cloudia: thank you!

    @Jan: you're welcome.

    @Jennifer: it's not something you hear every day.

    @Jenn: I go over to that area every once in awhile for the view from the bridge for a photograph. My theme day for October will be from that spot.