Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The Landing

Richmond Landing is a place of history. Veterans of the War of 1812 landed at this spot with their families and headed inland, founding the town of Richmond a few years before the founding of Bytown. Today Richmond is a part of the greater city of Ottawa. The Landing has two channels of the Ottawa River on either side, with the main shore at right and Victoria Island and Gatineau to the left. Familiar landmarks like the Alexandra Bridge, National Gallery, and Parliament Hill are in the background.

The river looks deceptively tranquil, but it was flowing fairly swiftly at this spot. A few days before I took these shots, there were two drownings upstream from here. And the last time I'd been down here, in the spring of 2019, the spot where I was standing this time was just at the high water mark.

I went back upslope to the monument. This side is inscribed with theatres of operation for the Canadian navy.

Richmond Landing also marks the start of the Rideau Trail, with a plaque here. The trail heads all the way to Kingston, following the route of the Rideau Canal and the Rideau River.

Three more views of the monument.

At the top of this area stands a work of art, a sculpture called The Gather-Ring, a First Nations work.

And here's a view from atop the Landing, with the channel of the river flowing out between it and the main shoreline.


  1. Hello,

    The plaque and monument are beautiful, I love the river view! Take care, enjoy your day!

  2. Cities everywhere have swallowed up distinct small communities, but some are able to maintain an identity. I think of The Glebe in Ottawa as doing this.

  3.'s wonderful to see your First Nations monuments, this is something that is rarely seen here!

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  5. The river view is beautiful. Nice monument!

  6. I like the monument and the First Nations sculpture.

  7. The views and art are wonderful, William!

  8. Great sculptures and great views.

  9. This place does have a lot of history, but it was rather difficult to read the monument's inscriptions, so thanks for the background info, William.

  10. @Gattina: it is.

    @Eileen: thanks!

    @David: the Glebe does that. Richmond still maintains its character.

    @Tom: quite true.

    @Agnieszka: thanks.

    @Bill: I agree.

    @Jennifer: so do I.

    @DJan: me too.

    @RedPat: indeed.

    @Sami: I agree.

    @Beatrice: you're welcome.

    @Sharon: it is. I think I might use it for a summer header for next year.

  11. That is a great setting in that first photo.

  12. Very interesting----love the history and I like the Gather-ring

  13. I can see deceiving ripples in the water's surface, scary. Nice photos of the area, it looks like a pleasant place to walk and reflect.

  14. Wonderful views William. The monument is an impressive sight.

  15. Wonderful place and awesome photos ~ you have the best monuments and sculptures ~ ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  16. Great spot and interesting art/monuments.

  17. Great photos and thank you for the interesting information.

  18. The Ottowa River reminds me very much of the Swan River William. Excellent series of shots here ✨

  19. I always enjoy learning more of Canadian history from your posts. That river looks mighty powerful.

  20. I do like the river views.

    All the best Jan