Sunday, April 3, 2022

A Cold Day For A Skate On The Canal

 One snowy day during Winterlude 2018, I set out for a walk on the Canal skateway. I approached the Pretoria Bridge.

Here was the view looking further upstream.

On the ice surface I caught one of the plows that keep the ice surface clear.

Further downstream I took a shot of the freeway bridge that runs parallel to the Pretoria Bridge.

Turning around gave me this view. The campus of the University of Ottawa is off in the distance, obscured in the falling snow.

I was approaching the Corktown Bridge.

Here's the view from on top of the bridge looking down the last stretch of the Canal.

At City Hall, I took this shot of large inflatable Ice Hogs.

The Ice Hogs themselves were here at the time.

For today I finish off with this night view of the rink at City Hall, with the Cartier Square Drill Hall in the background. We'll pick up here tomorrow.


  1. Beautiful pictures of the skaters on the canal, especially at the bridges, that's very nice.
    A new record has been broken in the Netherlands today. For the first time this morning on April 3 it was possible to skate on natural ice.

  2. Hello,
    The Ice Hogs are cute! Great views of the canal and skaters.
    Take care, have a great day and a happy new week!

  3. Skating looks pretty popular where you are.

  4. Lots of people out in the cold there! We are fasting for Ramadan and it's pretty hot here, so I'm not going out at all!

  5. Love the second and ninth shots!

  6. @Italiafinlandia: indeed.

    @Jan: that's good news!

    @Eileen: they're good mascots.

    @Sharon: many tale part in it.

    @Susie: it's very different here from there.

    @Marie: thank you.

  7. ...these days should be coming to an end soon.

  8. In all of the dull and monochromatic photos, the blue coat really stood out in one of those later photo of the skaters.

  9. Ottawa is fun in the winter judging from your pics!

  10. Nice photos, skaters on the canal are favorites.

  11. Winter fun down on the canal. Nice photos!

  12. Quite a contrast with the tulips in your header. :-)

  13. Se ve un día poco apetecible para salir a la calle, pero ahí están los grandes deportista que no le tienen miedo al frío.

  14. Winter fun ~ that canal looks awesome ~ great photos ~

    Wishing you love and laughter in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  15. I'm one of those people who has the clumsy gene. Last time I went ice skating was about 25 years ago and I kept falling down.

  16. @Tom: already done.

    @anvilcloud: indeed.

    @magiceye: overcast days have that effect.

    @RedPat: I think so.

    @Maywyn: thank you.

    @Bill: thanks.

    @Revrunner: a big difference.

    @Ventana: thank you.

    @Carol: it is, yes.

    @Amy: I can't skate, but am good walking the ice.

  17. i recall these characters last year and they really make me smile. so cute. have a great start to you week, William. all the best. ( ;

  18. The trouble with going all that way is having to turn around and skate back.

  19. Some of these are like Old Masters paintings William

  20. The ice hogs are really cute. Looks like people are really enjoying it.

  21. I do like the Ice Hogs :)

    All the best Jan

  22. The skating photos are wonderful. I love the occasional colour of a warm jacket in contrast to the grey of the scene:)

  23. It's cold but it's fun when u skate :0)