One day early in February as Winterlude was getting underway, I decided to walk the length of the Rideau Canal Skateway. With most of the Winterlude activities cancelled because of Covid, the skateway remained open, opening late in January for the full length of 7.8 kilometres from Plaza Bridge to the Hartwell Locks at Carleton University. The skateway holds a record for the largest naturally frozen ice rink in the world, with an area equal to 90 Olympic rinks.
Here I took my first shot. It was only later when I was at the far end when I realized I should have taken a photo of the first marker down there at Plaza Bridge. Every 200 metres there are these markers. At this place, Parliament Hill can be seen, along with the government Conference Centre and spires of the Chateau Laurier as well.
Turning to the left, I photographed the National Arts Centre.
Turning back to where I'd be walking, this first view of the Mackenzie King Bridge shows the way.
Frequently along the way is signage about the skateway.
And here's the Ottawa Convention Centre.
I started on my way, heading towards the Laurier Avenue Bridge.
I looked back the way I came.
Here is the underside of the Laurier Avenue Bridge with its distinctive arches and spiral stairs on the east side. We'll be continuing this walk for the next few days.