Friday, June 5, 2020

A Meeting Place Of Two Rivers

One day in early April I headed out to the New Edinburgh area to visit this waterfall. The Rideau Falls are where the Rideau River ends, pouring into the Ottawa River east of the downtown in two plunge falls, separated by Green Island. On this shore, the New Edinburgh side, the east falls were filled with spring run off. The falls were sighted by Champlain when he first came up the Ottawa River in 1613; Rideau means curtain in French. From time immemorial before that, First Nations tribes lived and journeyed through this area, and they were already familiar with this place.

In the background are a couple of buildings, both for the foreign ministry. The Diefenbaker Building, at left, stands on Green Island. Beyond it on the west shore of the Rideau River is the Pearson Building. And the National Research Council has labs facing the Pearson Building, seen at right in the background.

A look across the Ottawa River takes in the Gatineau shoreline. That wooded area is parkland, the Leamy Lake Park. Outlets of the Gatineau River merge with the river over there, though the main channel lies to the east.

I started along the bridge crossing over the falls.

Here we have a look at the east falls from the viewing platform on Green Island. We'll pick up from here tomorrow.


  1. Spectacular falls, we have nothing on that scale in the UK.

  2. Schöne Bilder von den Wasserfällen.


  3. Hello, beautiful views of the falls and river. Enjoy your day, have a happy weekend!

  4. Looks amazing! The spring run off makes such a difference, we rely totally on rainfall and there's not overly much of that!

  5. Beautiful waterfalls. Great photos.

  6. Those waterfalls look quite powerful!

  7. Such gorgeous waterfalls. Looks extra beautiful with sun shining on!

  8. The waterfalls are beautiful and powerful.

  9. I wonder (he said, darkly) how many have jumped from that walkway into the water. And eternity.

  10. The falls are such a lovely sight in that area.

  11. That water is looking very appealing after a week of 110 degrees.

  12. It's a beautiful spot. I am in awe of the people who were here long before us.

  13. @John: well, they're about nine metres in height.

    @Noke: thank you.

    @Iris: thanks!

    @Eileen: thanks!

    @Sami: I've always thought so, particularly in spring.

    @Grace: it'll probably be less like this now, as we've been in dry conditions lately.

    @Tom: that it is.

    @Barbara: thanks!

    @RedPat: they can be.

    @Tamago: quite true.

    @Bill: I agree.

    @Catalyst: if they do, they'll be in a foot or so of water. If the hydro dam wasn't behind the falls, there would be more.

    @Marie: that they are.

    @Sharon: I can appreciate that.

    @Jennifer: me too.

  14. Dynamic photos ~ powerful waters merging ~ wish ~

    Be Safe, Be Well,
    A ShutterBug Explores
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  15. Very beautiful waterfalls. I enjoy seeing such beauty.

  16. Such wonderful views of both the falls and the river.

    All the best Jan

  17. @Carol: thank you.

    @Kay: I think so.

    @DJan: me too.

    @Jan: it's a good spot.

    @Klara: I do too.