Friday, March 8, 2019

A Walkabout On The Canal

Starting where I ended things yesterday, here is a view from the north of the Pretoria Bridge.


I carried on with my walk along the Rideau Canal, with skaters enjoying the ice. In the distance, the last big bend of the route looms, with the University Of Ottawa campus in the background.


More of the campus buildings can be seen along the east side of the Canal. The university has its roots going back to the mid-19th century, and today its main campus is a mix of buildings. 


Now in that last stretch of the Canal, the view includes the Corktown Bridge, another pedestrian bridge that links Centretown to the University of Ottawa campus. Glimpses of the Chateau Laurier can be seen as one approaches.


I left the Canal here, and headed up onto the bridge for views (avoiding photographing the numerous love locks on either side). This view looks back at where I've come from.


And this looks north to the bridges that span the Canal before its final locks. I always enjoy making this walk at least once during Winterlude. Tomorrow we return to ice sculptures and begin wrapping up the Winterlude series.

36 comments:

  1. I reckon to you this is normal but I think it´s fascinating that a whole canal freezes like this! Parts, tiny parts of river Oker might freeze, some of the smaller lakes in some years even so much that you can skate on them - but they pump down most of the water first, too! It really must be unbearable cold in your place, to me, at least!
    Guess, also, you´re not a fan of love locks! ;-)

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  2. A great spot if you like ice skating! :)

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  3. Is it still frozen or are this older pictures ? I am surprised that you still have snow !!

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  4. It never feels so cold when the sun shines down from a clear blue sky. You've captured the scene well.

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  5. ...it's great to see so many folks out enjoying a winter day.

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  6. One of my grandsons is at the University of Ottawa.

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  7. A lot of happy skaters !
    Beautiful pictures, William !

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  8. Hi William, interesting too see you have a Pretoria Bridge! We have a large city called Pretoria in South Africa. thank you for regularly visiting my blog and commenting!

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  9. How beautiful your photos are. The combination of the icy canal and blue sky is wonderful:)

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  10. As many photos of the skateway I see, it always seems a bit magical.

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  11. @Iris: not a fan!

    @Ella: it is.

    @Gattina: still frozen and being used.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @John: today is another sunny day.

    @Tom: it is!

    @David: I've taken the odd class there.

    @Karl: thank you.

    @Italiafinlandia: indeed!

    @Jo: thank you.

    @Rosie: thanks!

    @Anvilcloud: it does.

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  12. happy weekend, it is here, yippeeee!! great shots. enjoyable. ( ;

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  13. Many people are out enjoying the snow and ice skating.

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  14. So many happy people outdoors in the sun and with beautiful blue skies! Thanks for the great shots. :-)

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  15. It looks like such a lovely day!

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  16. Beautiful snowy scenes!
    Have a great weekend!

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  17. I loooove those glimpses of Chateau Laurier William ✨

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  18. A pleasure to see the skating fun under the clear blue sky.

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  19. I see some rather large eyes watching everyone.

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  20. the skaters certainly had blue sky for their skating .

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  21. Some really nice photos of the Canal and all the skaters.

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  22. It always looks busy on the River.

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  23. Great photos of a lovely place,
    I imagine artists and photographers lining the way.

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  24. Hello, it is wonderful seeing so many people enjoying the winter day and ice skating. Happy Friday, enjoy your day! Have a great weekend!

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  25. A wonderful day to be out enjoying the winter festivities.

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  26. @Beth: thank you!

    @Nancy: lots of people take advantage of the ice.

    @DJan: you're welcome.

    @RedPat: it was, but cold!

    @Lea: thank you!

    @Grace: so do I.

    @Jan: a pleasure to show it.

    @Sharon: some very big eyes indeed!

    @Red: they did indeed.

    @Shammickite: thank you!

    @Marie: it is quite busy.

    @Maywyn: more so in spring when the tulips come out.

    @Eileen: thanks!

    @Bill: that it is.

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  27. What wonderful photos of the canal ~ reminds of a childhood book Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates ~ ^_^

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

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  28. I always enjoy seeing your photos of the skaters on the canal.

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  29. We're doing all we can to escape the cold and ice. :-)

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  30. Looks awfully cold to me! You guys must be very used to it!

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  31. It looks like skating is very popular on the canal. I'm guessing these were weekend shots. It's nice that walkers can enjoy the canal, too.

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  32. The skaters on the canal have a grand canvas to travel a skating journey...plus views along the way...

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  33. So impressed by your beautiful blue skies. I'm looking forward to seeing some here. Eventually.

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