Saturday, November 6, 2021

Portage Bridge And Richmond Landing

 Today I begin a set of posts taken on a late October day. I was en route to the Portage Bridge to take my twice a month shots of the river and decided that with conditions being as they were, it would be ideal to follow the river downstream. This first shot, taken near the bridge, is actually uphill from one of the channels of the Ottawa River, which between the Chaudiere and Portage Bridges goes through a series of channels among islands in the river. 

I emerged from an underpass into the upper area of Richmond Landing, a park descending down to the river, and took this shot.

Victoria Island lies beyond the second of the channels, and this first view is from Portage Bridge. Note the old mill hidden among the trees. The island is still closed off for remediation work after flooding  in 2019 wrecked the eastern point of the island. It was necessary to shore up the north flank of the island, where the main channel of the river lies.

Here we have a look from the north side of the island.

I took two shots looking downstream as is my custom. The first will be in a post sometime in March, I expect. Here we have the second shot of the main channel of the river as it winds between Gatineau at left and Ottawa at right. Landmarks of the city are seen here: the Alexandra Bridge, Nepean Point, National Gallery, Notre Dame, Parliament Hill, and Supreme Court.

I headed back towards Richmond Landing, first taking this shot on Victoria Island through the fenceline.

Descending past Richmond Landing, which houses the Royal Canadian Navy Monument, I headed along the path along the shoreline, and took this shot looking towards the monument and Victoria Island beyond it.

A short walk away, I took this shot of fall colours on the slope. This is the same ridge that Parliament Hill itself is part of. 

I leave off today with this view of two of the river channels, with Richmond Landing meeting the water between them. The landing is the spot where veterans of the War of 1812 and their families landed and made their way inland to found what would become the village of Richmond, a decade before Ottawa itself would be founded.


  1. William - Autumn is such a wonderful time for photography - the contrasting colors of leaves add so much texture to the photos. And a river is always a lovely foreground for pictures!

  2. Beautiful autumn colours in your photos. I like the last photo. Happy weekend.

  3. Beautiful colors and the river is so mighty...

  4. Love the second photo with the autumn colours brightened by the sun.

  5. Nive walk again. Especially the trees in your second photo are wonderful, I think.

  6. Hello,

    The Autumn trees are beautiful, lovely views and photos. Have a happy weekend!

  7. @Angie: I agree.

    @Nancy: thanks.

    @Italiafinlandia: indeed.

    @Iris: yes it is that.

    @Stefan: thank you.

    @Fun60: I thought so.

    @Jan: I do agree.

    @Eileen: thank you.

  8. Beautiful colours in the foliage. The water has that wintery look to it already.

  9. ...the water flowing through Ottawa adds a lot of interest to the city!

  10. Buenas fotos, de tu largo caminar. El r├şo tiene mucha belleza y los ├írboles sigue mostrando esos bellos colores oto├▒ales.

    Que tengas un hermos fin de semana.

  11. I really enjoy your photos of Parliament Hill. I haven't been in ages.

  12. Ottawa is such a beautiful city with the river and the canal running through it. Thanks for showing us such views.

  13. All shots are beautifully composed! Lovely!

  14. You show some interesting territory with the river, islands and great fall colors.

  15. My trip to Ottawa is long overdue.

  16. Awesome place and wonderful autumn photos ~ ^_^ ~ love the rivers !

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  17. The look of fall is present in all these shots. My favorite are the trees in the second shot.

  18. Ottawa is a lovely city and joining you through it almost feels like being there too with all these lovely shots!

  19. Beautiful fall colours. Thanks for the tour.

  20. @Gemel: it does.

    @Tom: I agree.

    @Ventana: thanks.

    @Jennifer: I love its architecture.

    @RedPat: you're welcome.

    @Magiceye: thank you.

    @Red: definitely.

    @Catarina: you should visit.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Sharon: it stands out.

    @21 Wits: thanks!

    @Bill: you're welcome.

  21. A lovely walk around a beautiful place.

  22. Impression is of expansive parks and trees which is great for walking for one thing. The Fall means more there.Fall is the special word, I guess,deciduous trees are not widely growing, mores the pity, so there 'autumn' becomes a more apt word.

  23. I think color came late this year. You had some gorgeous days for shooting!

  24. Beautiful views! I especially liked seeing the old mill as when I lived in Brooklyn, NY, my neighborhood was named after an old Dutch tidewater mill that used to be located there