Today happens to be the two thousandth published post of Ottawa Daily Photo.
On the second Sunday of Winterlude, I was down at Lansdowne Park at the farmers market and decided to walk for a stretch of the Rideau Canal back downtown. It was one of those days when you'd look in one direction- in this instance south and west- you'd have a hazier sky, and in the other direction- north and east- you'd have blue skies. I start with this view at Lansdowne. The Aberdeen Pavilion is at the center here, and it houses the farmers market over the winter. The stadium is at its left, and at right is the Horticulture Building.
From here I headed over to the Rideau Canal, which passes by Lansdowne in one of its curves through the downtown core. Skaters were on the surface as I looked to the south.
Turning around and looking in a northeasterly way shows what a difference the sky was that day. Both the above and below views were taken in the same general spot.
I got down onto the ice and photographed one of these chalets, to be found along the ice here and there. These are placed in the fall and removed in spring. They're used for changing your skates.
This panel shows some of the facts about the skateway.
I headed along the Canal for the downtown. This bridge is a new one, seen in an above shot. The Flora Bridge is a new pedestrian bridge being built connecting the Glebe and Old Ottawa East, due to open later this year. I'll have more of it in a coming post, but wanted to introduce you to it here.
The Canal led me on. I never learned how to skate, but the ice surface is walkable- though ideally you prefer to get along the sides as you see with the couple on the left. There's usually four feet of a thin layer of snow on the ice surface at the sides, between the skating surface and the piled up snow. We'll pick up with more of this tomorrow.