Thursday, March 7, 2019

Views Of The Rideau Canal

Patterson Creek pre-dated the Rideau Canal, a small stream that originally ran to the Rideau River east of here. When the Canal was built, the creek ended up emptying into it. Portions of its western reaches disappeared under landscaping efforts in the 1890s, but the eastern stretch is still visible today from the Canal to Central Park. During the skating season it is home to a stretch of the Canal that offers a bit of a safe haven for children and other skaters who'd like a quieter stretch to skate on. This bridge spans the way in.

Here we see the view down the skateway on Patterson Creek.

A chalet has long stood in the parkland bordering the creek, offering skaters a spot to change their skates. I like the architecture. 

I took one more shot of the small bridge and continued for a bit along the shoreline of the Canal for my next destination.

That happens to be the next bridge, the Pretoria Bridge, which links the north ends of the Glebe and Old Ottawa East neighbourhoods. The name is a nod to the veterans of the South African War, and the bridge is a lift bridge, with its middle section capable of being raised to admit taller boats on the Canal during the season. A bridge for the 417 freeway stands to the north of the Pretoria, less visually appealing than its older counterpart.


  1. That makes me nostalgic to see the skaters on the frozen river. Our winter passed by without any ice on the canals...

  2. Beautiful snowy scenes especially the ones with the small bridge. Over here, we are sweating away in the heat.

  3. Uma verdadeira pista de patinagem, aproveito para desejar a continuação de uma boa semana.

    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

  4. Well, now I've spent a long time to watch to your frozen world, William !
    Wonderful ice sculptures and great scenes at the Rideau Canal !

  5. Nice and friendly looking winter shots with that clear blue sky.

  6. Such a great celebration of winter.

  7. Hello, it is nice seeing the ice skaters on the canal. Great series. Wishing you a happy day!

  8. The whole thing is so wonderful but that Patterson Creek is really charming.

  9. I think it was 2003 that I was on skates on fake ice in my city!
    Thought you might be interested in this, #7 'Wait For Me, Daddy'...

  10. I'd like to be one of those skaters playing in the sunshine. But this is the next best thing. :-)

  11. I like that stretch of the creek. It is very scenic.

  12. We have very bad weather at the moment ... rain, rain and more rain ...
    Where is the real spring?!!!

  13. One would certainly have to watch when skating as there are so many walkers. I notice one group standing in the middle of the canal for photos.

  14. @Marianne: we've had a good skating season on the Canal. I wonder how long it'll last.

    @Nancy: the heat will come, but it'll be months away.

    @Francisco: thank you!

    @Karl: thanks!

    @Jan: it was a good day.

    @Beth: no, I don't skate.

    @Marie: that it is.

    @Eileen: thank you!

    @Anvilcloud: I like the creek too.

    @Iris: I'll have a look today!

    @Italiafinlandia: that it is.

    @DJan: lots of skaters get on the ice.

    @Sharon: that it is.

    @Ella: spring is still a long way off.

    @Red: and the walkers need to be wary of skaters.

  15. Love seeing your icy cold images William, so hot and humid here at the moment ✨

  16. Such A Beautiful Location


  17. The views of bridges from below are often only available to it's neat to have ice there upon which to walk/skate .

  18. A century or so ago there was a lot of skating on the Fens of Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. Some say that it was the home of the modern sport of speed skating. Alas, it is rare now to see any ice on the fen, let alone enough for skating.

  19. These are lovely bridges! This smaller area for skating feels so friendly compared to the big canal.

  20. Beautiful photos. The canal is a winter destination dream!

  21. If you want to really celebrate winter, Ottawa is the place to go. A wonderful window in to the winter fun.
    Excellent shots, William

  22. Wonderful looking photos and what a great place to go ice skating.

  23. Always fun to see your photos of people skating on the river. I wish I could ice skate!

  24. ...what a fun way to get around the city!

  25. @Grace: it's still cold here.

    @Padre: that it is.

    @Barbara: yes, it's nice to get down here when the ice is strong. As I don't have a boat, that's my only time to get such perspectives.

    @John: here the ice stays in good shape.

    @RedPat: yes, it does.

    @Maywyn: that it is.

    @Bill: thank you!

    @Happyone: thanks!

    @Denise: I can't!

    @Tom: it really is.

  26. I always wanted to learn how to ice skate, but never did. Wonderful snow scenes. Love the bridges!

  27. These photos took me back to my kid-hood in North Dakota when I nearly lived on ice skates through those long winters. The streets were even icy allowing me to skate to school! I like your photos of Patterson Creek best.

  28. Ottawa makes the best of a long winter. There's no shortage of things to see or do.

  29. Beautiful views along the canal and of the bridges:)

  30. Fascinating canal and wonderful winter activity and neat photos too ~ love the arch bridge ~

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

  31. Lovely views! You all know how to enjoy winter! This reminds me of my childhood book, Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates."

  32. The bridges are lovely but I especially love the one in the first photo.

  33. @Betty: I never learned.

    @Catalyst: some streets here can seem to get that way.

    @Kay: that is true.

    @Rosie: thank you!

    @Carol: thanks!

    @Sharon: I can see that.

    @Klara: definitely.

    @Jeanie: me too.