Tuesday, March 9, 2021

The Lake And Canal

 Looking back from where I left off yesterday, this is the view of the Rideau Canal looking east from near the Bronson Avenue Bridge.

The Canal widens west of the bridge into Dow's Lake, a man made reservoir for the Canal dating back to the construction period of 1826-32. Before that period, this was a swampy area named for a fellow named Dow, who preceded the Canal period by a decade.

The forested area on the west side of the lake is the Arboretum, a wooded parkland that is part of the Experimental Farm.

I looked back to the bridge.

This view to the north looks towards the Little Italy neighbourhood. There's a condo building over there nearing completion. Personally I don't like it- too big for the neighbourhood.

Each fall the skate changing shelters are put down when the water levels are lowered. This year because of Covid, the inside of these are locked, but there are bench spaces on the exterior, plus plenty more benches at each access point.

The signage over there at right is a decision point. Go right and the loop takes you to the top of Dow's Lake and back again. Go left and you're heading to the end of the line. I was going to the end of the line before coming back here.

Starting around the last bend in the skateway, I paused to photograph the Arboretum. A look through the trees will see some high ground, part of which is popular for toboggans this time of year.

The view down the last stretch. The tower in the distance is Dunton Tower, part of the campus at Carleton University.

Off to my right, one of two footbridges that cross a creek feeding into the Canal from the Arboretum. We'll pick up here tomorrow.


  1. They weren't that many people ... definitely was a cold day!

  2. ...you have a wonderful ribbon of ice.

  3. Do you find it gets tough year after year to photograph Ottawa?

  4. Hello,
    Pretty views, it is a shame the shelters were closed due to Covid.
    I hope things are back to normal soon. Take care, enjoy your day!

  5. That condo does stick out like a sore thumb.

  6. @Ella: it was.

    @Tom: indeed.

    @David: not yet.

    @Eileen: thanks.

    @Anvilcloud: indeed.

  7. The condo gives a reference point to the skyline. I like it.

  8. The changing shelters are a nice addition. Maybe they’ll be open next year!

  9. I honestly don't think I would survive a cold winter like that!

  10. Pretty, and you did all this on foot, not with the advantage of skates! Kudos to you!

  11. Wonderful wintry shots of a lovely area ~ ^_^

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  12. I just finished looking at some photos of roads through the desert in New Mexico and now I see a different road. Quite a contrast.

  13. The only advantage of that high tower flat under construction is that you can orientate on it. It is a waste of the surrounding landscape.

  14. looks so peaceful. yeah, once we did travel. not so much in 2020 or 2021. it has been so different. have to enjoy what we once did. running out of stuff to share. ( ;

  15. Beautiful winter images of the canal and river. It really looks extremely cold.

  16. The canal looks like a wonderful place to go ice skating! We expect more snow and colder weather this upcoming weekend

  17. You're right about the high rise.

  18. Wow so much winther still!!Nice photoes!

  19. Still looks freezing ! Here the weeping willow gets green !!

  20. @Magiceye: yes, but it really mars the neighbourhood.

    @Marie: no doubt.

    @Susie: I love it.

    @Barbara: thanks!

    @RedPat: it was a good long walk.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Red: ice roads are quite different from tracks through the desert.

    @Jan: you and I agree on that.

  21. @Sharon: no, I don't know how to skate.

    @Beth: it feels like this'll go on for years.

    @Bill: it was a cold day.

    @Orvokki: so do I.

    @Pat: today here it's above freezing.

    @Revrunner: and city council doesn't care.

    @Anita: thank you.

    @Gattina: those willows will, eventually.

  22. You're right -- that building is too tall!

  23. It seems the canal has been able to stay open for skating for some time this year.

  24. Hermosas fotografías aunque me da algo de frio. Te mando un beso
    Enamorada de las letras

  25. It's a bit chilly still, but the sun is out!!!!

  26. Amazing place for skating.
    You have snow we were on a wildfire alert on Tuesday.

  27. Looks really quite cold this series of photos.

  28. we have a windy day today. i guess that is what March usually has but the temps are very high compared what i recall in most March, i wonder?

    1. March varies here. It's around the freezing mark today, with a bit of a breeze.

  29. I like the look of the trees and their branches against the skies ...

    All the best Jan