Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Winter Views Within A Capital City

 A couple of days ago I left off in Major's Hill Park. Today I start a short walk away from there. Once a month I come out to a platform where the Alexandra Bridge crosses the Ottawa River. I photograph the view looking towards Parliament Hill at right, and the Chateau Laurier at left. The Rideau Canal descends between them, with the Bytown Museum alongside it. I took one shot for a post I'll have later in the year of this location, and decided to use this shot for today.

Heading away from there I paused on the Mackenzie King Bridge looking south over the Canal. Skaters were on the ice.

I mentioned a couple of days ago about a channel of the Ottawa River that starts out artificial and straight before rejoining the main body of the river at Richmond Landing. This is that channel, after it has emerged from a nearby water pumping station. In warmer weather this area is used for white water rafting. This was taken a couple of days after the above shots.

This is close to home-  two views out my apartment windows. The neighbouring house has a problem with ice, building up gradually and extending the full height of the building. The ice buildup had already collapsed into the laneway below once before I took these shots in early February.

And finally, a return to the Canal on another day. This looks south from the Mackenzie King Bridge at skaters on the Canal.

Here's the view looking north. The skateway begins near the base of the bridge over there, Plaza Bridge. It's fitting to end here. Tomorrow I'll start showing you a series of photos taken on another day as I walked from there to the far end of the skateway.


  1. Beautiful shots - I especially like the last one.

  2. Wow, it must be like really, really cold in your place!

  3. Yes I know! Your favorite season ...

  4. Beautiful winter scenes. Must be really cold over there.

  5. You have still some real winter overthere. Here we have quickly changed into spring in one week!

  6. ...the skating on the canal is a wonderful sight!

  7. @Rosemary: thank you!

    @Iris: cold in my city, anyway.

    @Ella: that it is.

    @Nancy: this morning it is.

    @Jan: I knew you'd like them.

    @Stefan: very much so.

    @Marianne: winter will still last awhile.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @Tom: that it is.

  8. You will have to put all these images together in a book in time for the tourist season. Oops, I forgot. With COVID there will be no tourist season!

  9. Hey good photo's here. I like them and your Darwin post about human stupidity is also very nice to see.

  10. It looks cold !! we have 17° today !!

  11. Love to see those skaters. Looks like fun. :-)

  12. Skating on the frozen canal is a Canadian moment!

  13. we have had some wild looking icicles the last ice storm we did have ...it was like 5 or 6 days to get out of this house. the driveway took forever to melt. glad the hubby didn't need to get out for work. i did joke about needing a driveway that u flip a switch to melt it. my Mom replied that my relative who did live in PA had a roof that was like that. can u imagine? i guess if u r a person (or live in a state, area) that has lots of snow or ice ...it would be a real gem, make life easier. our neighbors had a better time, i guess it has to do with the angle of the snow and all that jazz. u take care. bye for now. ( ;

  14. That first photo makes it look very cold and possibly windy and the last photo looks so crips and clear. Two different weather days.

  15. The skating season on the canal has been short this year?

  16. Impressive wintry shots! Happy Week to you,

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  17. The first photo has a mysterious Gothic vibe, very nice.

    I've seen one of those ice runny noses, but it was on the side of a metal building. Scary that it breaks off in pieces. Stay safe

  18. Canadians love their skating. Beautiful photos of the people out on the canal enjoying themselves.

  19. They are dismantling our skating rink today.

  20. More cold looking pictures but looks fun to skate along there.

  21. Beautiful post. Brisk nose dripping weather, brrr

  22. Wonderful photos of the skaters on the canal.

  23. You really show a magical city in these photos!

  24. That ice is scary. On the building, I mean.
    I used to skate there. hard to believe. I took sp.ed. PD courses Tuesday and Thursdays one winter. I loved it!

  25. @David: so it seems!

    @SC: thank you!

    @Gattina: it's cold today.

    @Magiceye: it's a classic view in the city.

    @DJan: yes, for those who can skate. I can't!

    @Marie: very much so.

    @Beth: is salt put on the roads there?

    @Sharon: very different indeed.

    @RedPat: yes, just under a month.

  26. @Carol: thank you.

    @Maywyn: that section of ice has fallen off and regrown itself twice since I took those shots. It's starting to grow back again. This will probably be the last of it for the winter, though.

    @Bill: people did make the most of the Canal during the skating season.

    @Revrunner: some skating rinks here stay open well into March.

    @Happyone: people do enjoy it.

    @Gemel: that it is.

    @Marleen: thanks!

    @Cloudia: so it seems.

    @Jennifer: I'm glad it wasn't on my building.

  27. That's a lot of ice cascading down the side of next door. It must be doing some damage.
    Ottawa is a lovely town in the winter, love the look of the canal.

  28. I'm not a skater but I love to see people do it -- what a great spot to both skate and view!

  29. It’s a marvel to me to see people cheerfully ice skating right through the center of the city! Beautiful.

  30. You get some nice views from your apartment though

    1. Well, another wall, but not much in the way of windows.

  31. Lovely photographs, especially the last two.

    All the best Jan

  32. Stunning winter shots William, always enjoy seeing Chateau Laurier in any weather ✨