Sunday, February 28, 2021

Ottawa In The Deep Chill Of Winter

Late in January I was heading to the Portage Bridge to photograph the view downstream on the Ottawa River. Before getting there, I paused to look down at Richmond Landing, which is close by, with a view of the frozen river and Parliament and the Supreme Court downstream.

A short walk away I took this shot of the Canadian War Museum.

I've never photographed this before, but have crossed over it many times. This is a channel of the Ottawa River, artificially created at some point in the past. It feeds into a water pumping station a short distance away from here, and then goes out through what feels like a natural channel, rejoining the main body of the river at Richmond Landing.

Parallel to it here is the track for the city LRT line. This is Pimisi Station. One LRT train can be seen pulling out to the west, while the train in the foreground is about to leave, going east. The system's phase one is completed (with a whole lot of kinks and delays along the way), and expansion for phase two is underway.

A short walk from there, I was heading for Little Italy when I noticed these two snowmen in a front yard.

In early February I was walking through Major's Hill Park on a snowy day. I looked back towards the Chateau Laurier.

And then I looked at the National Gallery of Canada.

For today I finish with this view of the Gallery's neighbour, Notre Dame Basilica. You might notice the snow fence at the right side of the picture. It's providing some cover for the tulip beds beneath the snow. Tomorrow is the theme day, and we'll be back to more of this after that.


  1. Hello,
    We had a snowy February and it was very cold too. Beautiful views, I like the snowmen! Take care, have a happy new week!

  2. Around here people have gotten so creative with snowmen and other snow creatures this year. They are rapidly becoming a soggy pile of snow, however.

  3. Lovely snowy pictures. Cute snowmen.

  4. What a lovely tour! It's been a long time since we've been. JB has an injection in the city at the General in March, I dread it!

  5. Brrr! That is glllobbbal warrrmiiing? LOL
    The snowmen are nice!

  6. Loved the Pimisi station pic the best!

  7. @Italiafinlandia: today it'll get above freezing, and apparently drop sharply by tomorrow night.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @David: people are drawn to making them.

    @Nancy: thank you!

    @Jennifer: you should try getting in for other reasons.

    @Ella: thanks!

    @Marie: I agree.

    @Magiceye: thanks!

  8. ...the deep freeze may be behind us. Take care and stay warm.

  9. There is so little colour in winter.

  10. Like you, most people should get out in the chill of winter.

  11. A wonderful snowy world. The snowmen are beautiful and I like the lines in your photo of Pimisi station.

  12. What a view in that first photo!

  13. Beautiful photos and views. Love the snowmen.

  14. By coincidence, I happened by the train station here earlier today. No trains, though.

  15. Wow! Great wintry scenes and blue skies too ~ ^_^

    Living moment by moment,

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    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  16. A lovely but chilly walk. Love the photos.

  17. @Tom: time will tell. We're supposed to drop to -19 tomorrow night after being above freezing tonight.

    @RedPat: that is true.

    @Red: I like doing so.

    @Maywyn: they do!

    @Jan: thanks!

    @Sharon: indeed.

    @DJan: I think so.

    @Catarina: definitely.

    @Bill: thank you.

    @Revrunner: most of the traditional trains keep their tracks to the south of the downtown. The LRT actually goes underground at Pimisi and doesn't emerge until the University of Ottawa campus.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Gemel: thanks!

  18. First picture is my favorite. Like the lighting.

  19. Very nice snow photos, loved the little snowmen very happy.

  20. how fun to capture something you hadn't photographed before. And I love the snowmen!

  21. Beautiful winter scenes William, Chateau Laurier looks wonderful in any kind of weather 💙

  22. I have a friend living in the Ottawa area who once put out the front page of the Ottawa Citizen. We got into the newspaper biz together. I look at your pictures and think, I've got to get over to Ottawa soon. There is so much to see and do.

  23. Beautiful photos, I particularly like the last one:)

  24. I must confess I'm quite unable to brave weather like that anymore. All the more reason to appreciate these fine representations which really bring it all back to me. Thanks William

  25. Beautiful winter scenes.

    All the best Jan

  26. @Happyone: thank you.

    @Joanne: definitely.

    @Parsnip: thank you.

    @Jeanie: me too.

    @Grace: it does.

    @Rockinon: a good idea.

    @Rosie: so do I.

    @Cloudia: I'm in my element with winter.

    @Jan: thank you.