Thursday, February 21, 2019


Here we have another view of that bas-relief from yesterday.

I mentioned snow sculptures when I started to post from Jacques Cartier Park. There were four large ones this year. This is the first.

Here we have the second.

This is the third, with more views of it in tomorrow's post.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

A Bas-Relief

Picking up where I left off yesterday, I came down past the bottom of the slide area and photographed this tree along the shoreline of the Ottawa River. The Macdonald-Cartier Bridge crosses in the background, connecting Gatineau and Ottawa.

Here we have the view of this slide from the right. The other one can be seen in the background, as well as the Museum of History.

I headed up the slope. Carved into the side of the mound of snow were spots for photo ops- with unusual body positions.

And carved into the back of the mound was this large bas-relief that really caught my eye.

For scale, that alcove at the left is adult sized. A couple of people were inside. I will be using some extra shots of this bas-relief for the Blue theme later in the year.

At the extreme right in this shot, the zipline tower that I mentioned can be seen.

And for today I finish with a look inside the alcove.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Sliding Down

More today from Jacques Cartier Park and Winterlude. These giant mounds of snow are sculpted to include slide runs, with water used as needed to make them more slippery. While I didn't go down this year, I have in the past, and it's a lot of fun on one of these tubes.

Finished with one slide area, I proceeded to the next one, approaching it first from the left side, where visitors were ascending the slope in the middle, and making use of slide lanes over on the left, at least on this day. This one takes particular advantage of the gradual slope in the park that leads down towards the river shoreline. I have more from the park to come.

Monday, February 18, 2019

A Playground

Over on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River, the city of Gatineau also hosts Winterlude activities. The main site here is Jacques Cartier Park, along the shore of the river. A large portion of the park is turned into a winter playground. At one of the entrances into the park stands a large sculpture of the legendary Montreal Canadiens hockey player Maurice "Rocket" Richard. With the angle of the statue's stance, the bulk of the weight is distributed through one skated foot and the stick. The sculptor had to plan this out carefully.

The park includes giant mounds of snow that form the basis for slides, along with sculptures and activity areas for beginners on skis. On weekends, a zipline is in use (I came on a weekday for less crowds and better chances at photography, so it wasn't open during this visit). This is one of the two mounds, with people in it for scale. The Ottawa shoreline is visible in the background.

There was a woodworker here last year as well, and I imagine this was the same one. While the man himself wasn't present, some of his works were to be seen.

Heading along the mound towards its lower end, I took shots of the Ottawa skyline, with Parliament, the Alexandra Bridge, and Nepean Point among the landmarks along the frozen river.

A smaller height of snow had been built up at the bottom end of the slide runs, where slide tubes are provided. This was advantageous for the photographer, or for parents watching their kids come down. The Canadian Museum of History, with its familiar curved architecture, can be seen in the background at the left in these shots, as well as tomorrow's post, where I'll pick up with more of this.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Hotel Carvings

Picking up where I left off yesterday, the south side beyond the main entrance at the Lord Elgin Hotel also had ice sculptures.

One more of the sculptures here at the hotel- this bear was outside the main entrance.

There are a number of hotels officially part of Winterlude, and some of them have more than the usual ice sculpture noting them as such. The Metcalfe is nearby, and this ice sculpture is outside. I photographed it some days later.

And the Chateau Laurier can always be counted on to have ice sculptures outside. Here they are.