Friday, October 26, 2018

In New Edinburgh

As mentioned in yesterday's post, I headed over to New Edinburgh on Thanksgiving earlier in the month. Coming into the neighbourhood, I photographed some of the fall colours before heading over to Rideau Hall nearby. I'll be showing my visit there tomorrow. What is today a neighbourhood was founded as a village by stonemason and businessman Thomas McKay, who bought land on the east shore of the Rideau River where it meets the Ottawa River in 1829. He named the settlement after Edinburgh in his native Scotland, and prospered here. Today a mix of lovely homes, churches, parks, and embassies are nestled around Rideau Hall. The colours here are particularly lovely in the fall.

This view looks down the roadway alongside Rideau Hall's grounds towards some fall colours.

After I left Rideau Hall, I took this shot looking down Sussex. I proceeded on towards the spot in the shot that follows, a few metres down the road.

Here we have a view of the Embassy of France beyond the fall colours. Canada geese were on the grass in the foreground, likely taking a break on the migration from points further north.

The embassy borders the parkland that surrounds the Rideau River in its last stretch. The Rideau splits into two branches at Green Island, and both branches spill into the Ottawa River as the Rideau Falls. This is the east branch, taken from the viewing platform with fall colours present and accounted for.

I photographed across towards Gatineau. Leamy Lake Park is the heavily wooded area along the shore, and the rise of the Gatineau Hills can be seen in the background. I'll be showing you a fall tour taken on another day up that way soon.

Here we see the east falls from a viewing area on Green Island.

The park features a number of monuments, most of them military in nature. This glimpse towards two of them features an artillery monument and a statue of the First World War soldier and poet John McCrae. I'll have a post with more shots of them at Remembrance Day.

Here we have a view of the west branch of the Rideau Falls. Both branches are regulated by dams, so the water flow varies.


  1. Lovely fall colours, William !

  2. Nothing beats a lovely day in fall. Great captures.


  3. I specially like all the red colours in Ottawa these days.

  4. The red coloured trees are beautiful William.

  5. ...maples sure brighten the landscape this time of year.

  6. That is so gorgeous! The colors are so vibrant there.

  7. @Maywyn: thanks!

    @Marianne: indeed!

    @Karl: I thought so!

    @Janis: I agree.

    @Jan: we've got a lot of them.

    @Marleen: thanks!

    @Tom: they do.

    @Sandi: they are!

  8. Hello, the Autumn trees and colors are looking beautiful. I like the view of the falls. Have a great day and weekend.

  9. Too too gorgeous William, glorious autumn colours. I was hoping to gets glimpse of Rideau Hall, it's one of my favourite buildings ✨

  10. Teh Rideau Falls look wonderful. I look forward to reading about John McCrae:)

  11. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. :-)

  12. That's a great history lesson in this post.

  13. @Eileen: thanks!

    @Grace: I do enjoy getting over there.

    @Rosie: he was quite an extraordinary man.

    @DJan: you're welcome.

    @Marie: I do too.

    @Nancy: thanks!

    @Red: true!

  14. The fall colors can certainly lead you onto a longer walk than you intended! Lovely!

  15. Beautiful waterfall and fall colours.

  16. Those fall colors are amazing. I love seeing the waterfall too!

  17. Awesome colors and love the waterfalls!

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

  18. @RedPat: thanks!

    @Bill: I agree.

    @Lois: I enjoy each chance I get to see those waterfalls.

    @Cloudia: it certainly is.

    @Carol: thank you.

  19. About the only way I'm going to enjoy fall this year, I think. A nor'easter blowing through tonight here. Should dispatch whatever leaves that are left.

    1. I've missed going into the Gatineau Hills this year, more's the pity.

  20. Beautiful colors and I like the waterfall.

  21. The colors are wonderful but the waterfall is the real star in my book.

  22. Such lovely autumn photographs, the colours are gorgeous.

    All the best Jan

  23. I love the reds! It is so delightful.
    So nice seeing a waterfall. I don't know what it is about that rushing water....

  24. awesome falls! so cool!! great shots. ( ;