A reminder to members of City Daily Photo that the theme for March 1st is Solitude.
Today I begin a series on Winterlude, the annual winter festival in Ottawa and Gatineau. It's actually going to be a retrospective tour through the archives, as for the second year in a row the formal events are called off because of Covid. That said, the centrepiece of the entire event is the Rideau Canal Skateway, and that's open for skaters. And so today I'm showing you some of the Skateway, which winds 7.8 kilometres from Plaza Bridge down to Carleton University. To begin with, in the latter part of January, I was crossing the Canal near its starting point and took two shots.
Coming back from my errands, I photographed again from the Mackenzie King Bridge. This view looks northward, including the National Arts Centre and Parliament Hill on the left side, and the Chateau Laurier and Government Conference Centre on the right.
On the other side of the bridge, this view looks towards the Laurier Avenue Bridge, with Confederation Park at right. The Cartier Square drill hall lies beyond the bridge.
On an early February day, I took a walk along a portion of the Skateway. I started with this view from on the Pretoria Bridge.
Here's a look at the bridge from the ice surface.
Further along is an inlet feeding into the Canal. Patterson Creek is in the heart of the Glebe, and a portion of it is cleared for skaters. It's a quiet area suitable for beginners to learn.
This looks back at the main body of the Canal. Skaters were just going by as I snapped this shot.
I carried on. The Flora Bridge is one of two pedestrian bridges spanning the Canal in the city, and it's the newer of the two.
I left the Canal at the Bank Street Bridge, first photographing the view to the east.
And then the west. Tomorrow we start looking into the past.