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.