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.
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!ReplyDelete
Guess, also, you´re not a fan of love locks! ;-)
A great spot if you like ice skating! :)ReplyDelete
Is it still frozen or are this older pictures ? I am surprised that you still have snow !!ReplyDelete
O canal deu uma bela pista, aproveito para desejar um bom fim-de-semana.ReplyDelete
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros
It never feels so cold when the sun shines down from a clear blue sky. You've captured the scene well.ReplyDelete
...it's great to see so many folks out enjoying a winter day.ReplyDelete
One of my grandsons is at the University of Ottawa.ReplyDelete
A lot of happy skaters !ReplyDelete
Beautiful pictures, William !
Like a naif painting...ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
How beautiful your photos are. The combination of the icy canal and blue sky is wonderful:)ReplyDelete
As many photos of the skateway I see, it always seems a bit magical.ReplyDelete
@Iris: not a fan!ReplyDelete
@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.
@Jo: thank you.
@Anvilcloud: it does.
happy weekend, it is here, yippeeee!! great shots. enjoyable. ( ;ReplyDelete
Many people are out enjoying the snow and ice skating.ReplyDelete
So many happy people outdoors in the sun and with beautiful blue skies! Thanks for the great shots. :-)ReplyDelete
It looks like such a lovely day!ReplyDelete
Beautiful snowy scenes!ReplyDelete
Have a great weekend!
I loooove those glimpses of Chateau Laurier William ✨ReplyDelete
A pleasure to see the skating fun under the clear blue sky.ReplyDelete
I see some rather large eyes watching everyone.ReplyDelete
the skaters certainly had blue sky for their skating .ReplyDelete
Some really nice photos of the Canal and all the skaters.ReplyDelete
It always looks busy on the River.ReplyDelete
Great photos of a lovely place,ReplyDelete
I imagine artists and photographers lining the way.
Hello, it is wonderful seeing so many people enjoying the winter day and ice skating. Happy Friday, enjoy your day! Have a great weekend!ReplyDelete
A wonderful day to be out enjoying the winter festivities.ReplyDelete
@Beth: thank you!ReplyDelete
@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.
@Bill: that it is.
What wonderful photos of the canal ~ reminds of a childhood book Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates ~ ^_^ReplyDelete
Happy Day to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)
That's a common theme, it seems.Delete
I always enjoy seeing your photos of the skaters on the canal.ReplyDelete
I enjoy photographing them.Delete
We're doing all we can to escape the cold and ice. :-)ReplyDelete
But cold is good.Delete
Looks awfully cold to me! You guys must be very used to it!ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
They were, as I recall, though when I'm on the ice, I prefer a quieter time.Delete
The skaters on the canal have a grand canvas to travel a skating journey...plus views along the way...ReplyDelete
So impressed by your beautiful blue skies. I'm looking forward to seeing some here. Eventually.ReplyDelete
Blue skies can be a rarity here in winter.Delete