Sunday, July 25, 2021

Richmond Landing

 A few days ago on a day with cooler temperatures than those before, I set out for a walk to photograph a few places and fill out the month. My first stop was Richmond Landing. This spot on the Ottawa River ascends through parkland up to the Portage Bridge and includes a monument. Veterans of the War of 1812 landed here following the war with their family and went inland, establishing the village of Richmond, which today has been amalgamated into the city of Ottawa. This pre-dated the building of the Rideau Canal, and so Richmond is older than the city it is now part of.

This is a first view of the monument, dedicated in 2012. It is the Royal Canadian Navy Monument.

This is a portion of the monument, with names of ships and navy establishments inscribed on a low wall curving around a navy yardarm flagpole.

The other part of the monument includes inscribed theatres of operations.

Turning around from the above shot gives us a view of the Ottawa River itself, with Parliament Hill downstream.

Turning to the left gives us this view of an old mill on Victoria Island. The river goes through a series of channels in this area, and Victoria Island is the largest of the islands here.

Right down at the tip of the Landing, and how more Canadian can a photograph get? Canada Geese basking in the water with the Hill and the Supreme Court as a backdrop.

I departed back up slope and noted this flower among the growth here. Any help on identifying it?

These views are from the Portage Bridge. From here I was heading onto the bridge for one of my twice a month shots of the river looking downstream before heading onto my next destination, which we'll see tomorrow.


  1. Beautiful shots of the water and I like the monument.

  2. A rose, but someone must have planted it - I am not aware of wild red roses only single flowered pink and white ones.

  3. Hmmmm? A rose! The last two photographs are so inviting. Lovely photo of the geese on the river too.

  4. Wonderful serie, William. That is a nice sleek and modern looking monument.
    The flower is some kind of rose, I think.

  5.'s a rose of some sort. Ottawa has so many wonderful memorials.

  6. Hello,
    Looks like a great day for a walk. The monument looks nice and beautiful views of the river.
    Take care, have a great new week!

  7. You are quite right, William, it doesn't get much more Canadian that Canada Geese in front of the parliament, two gaggles of honkers together!

  8. @Linda: thank you.

    @Rosemary: i know that landscaping is done here, so at one point it was planted.

    @John: this is a good spot to take in the river.

    @Gemel: thank you.

    @Jan: thanks!

    @Tom: you'd know.

    @Anvilcloud: it can often be overlooked.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @David: all that's missing is maple syrup.

  9. The Atlantic convoys during WW2 were a costly venture for the Canadian Navy.

  10. A lovely red rose, William. Love the Navy monument.

  11. this is a very attractive area in mid summer.

  12. breathtaking photos!

    I wonder if there is any connection to Richmond, Virginia. Not too far apart, as the crow flies.

  13. What a beautiful area for a walk !

  14. Some fabulous view on this walk.

  15. Great place for walking. Every time I see a path or trail, I want to walk along it! :)

  16. Some great views to enjoy on this walk. Thanks, William.

  17. Interesting monument. That flower looks suspiciously like a rose to me.

  18. @Marie: they were.

    @RedPat: it was a concept well carried out.

    @Red: very much so.

    @Magiceye: thanks.

    @Sandi: yours is named for an English town. Ours is named for the Duke of Richmond.

  19. @Gattina: that it is.

    @Sharon: definitely.

    @happyone: I can relate.

    @Bill: you're welcome.

    @DJan: so it appears.

  20. Reminds me of a famous saying by Gertrude Stein: "Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose." :-)

  21. That is an extremely Canadian shot! Like it should be on the money or something, William

  22. That is a rose. I wonder why it was planted, though it could be a hip buried by a squirrel. Very slim possibility.

  23. Yes your squirrels aren't only messing with the tulips William, definitely a 🌹 Excellent series of shots from your walk.

  24. The golden orb on the monument is especially beautiful. And what a wonderful setting.