A few days ago I decided to photograph the Supreme Court of Canada. This Art Deco masterpiece is the current headquarters of the Court, designed by Ernest Cormier, and neighbours Parliament Hill. Construction of the building began in 1939, with first cases heard in 1946.
Saturday, July 31, 2021
Friday, July 30, 2021
Continuing on today, here we have views from the main viewing area of the Chaudiere Falls. And here is one of the videos I took during this visit.
Thursday, July 29, 2021
After my stop at the War Museum, I went onward towards the Chaudiere Bridge as it crosses the Ottawa River to visit the Chaudiere Falls. This is a set of cascades and waterfalls with a total drop of fifteen metres over its length. Backed by a ring dam that diverts some of the flow for hydro use, these falls have been greatly altered. They were effectively cut off from view for a century with industrial uses of the islands around them, but that has changed now and parkland occupies the best viewing areas, while some of the old industrial buildings remain, at least for the moment, as a nod to its complicated past. This first view is from the first viewing platform area.
Walking towards the next platform brings us towards this building, seen in the first shot. The stone walls are still up, with a steel frame within, but that's all. I wasn't sure when they started reclaiming this area from its industrial past if this building and its neighbour would be among those brought down, but this appears to be staying. A platform lies between the two buildings.
No glass remains in the old building. A look at the far windows shows us the waters framed.
And from this platform, we get a good look at the waterfalls. Champlain first saw this during his 1613 journey up the Ottawa River. First Nations peoples had known this place for thousands of years already.
A look downstream.
And then over at the falls again.
Passing by the second of the old buildings overlooking the falls here, I paused to photograph this sealed doorway. The old stone feels like the building was solidly made.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
I proceeded on to the Canadian War Museum during this walk. I wanted to pick up an annual membership that gets me into both this museum and the Museum of History. And I thought I'd take some pictures while here. This is on the river side of the building. The Ottawa River is wide here, just upstream of the Chaudiere Falls, which was my next stop. The bridge in the distance is due for rehabilitation as a pedestrian crossing with a new name. At the moment it is still a former train crossing called the Prince of Wales Bridge.