Friday, April 8, 2022

Sculptures And Skateway

 In 2018, snow sculptures in the Byward Market were of a transportation theme, with the LRT and a city bus emerging from walls of snow.

A classic view of Dow's Lake, with Muskoka chairs on the east shore.

Down on the lake, preparations were being made for the annual bed races, a long tradition for Winterlude. I didn't stay, but got to photograph some of these up close. They ranged from the colourful but basic frame.

To things with unusual decoration motifs.

Snow falling over the Rideau Canal downtown in the evening, and skaters below.

Another day on the Canal saw me down on the ice surface. I was in the Glebe,

Downtown again, this view from the Mackenzie King Bridge looks southeast.

And this looks northeast, under different conditions from that one a few shots up.

Further upstream and back in the Glebe, a look at the Patterson Creek inlet, an ideal spot for learning how to skate before going out onto the Canal proper.

From within the inlet, a look under the graceful bridge leading onto the Canal. We pick up here tomorrow.


  1. Nice sculptures for the transportation theme. It would be interesting to watch the races. Enjoy your weekend.

  2. I like the bus sculpture, it mustve taken the artist quite a bit to do.

  3. The bus sculptures are very original ! and apparently people still have fun in the snow ! while we are (not) singing in the rain.

  4. The train needed a lot of snow and a lot of work.

  5. Such a variety of things and views. I made sure to comment from my computer because my last two comments to you from my ipad went into the ether.

  6. Hello,

    The bus sculpture is cool. Looks like a nice day to be outside skating. Take care, enjoy your day and happy weekend!

  7. @Nancy: the bed races are weird.

    @Amy: it was a good sized sculpture.

    @Gattina: it's snowing this morning.

    @Italiafinlandia: indeed.

    @Anvilcloud: I've been checking my spam folder a couple of times a day for some time now. Some legit comments get shunted there.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Marie: thanks.

  8. That train is impressive but I really love the adirondack chairs looking out on the lake. Someday soon...

  9. Bed races, makes laugh what folks do for fun. Muskoka chairs! Yes! I didn't know about them, the curves. I like Adirondack chairs, but to sit, not so much because the edge is too sharp.

  10. The Rideau Canal was beautiful in the sun.

  11. That evening shot of the canal is really nice.

  12. Love especially the third pic and with weekend now, I´m done with trains ;-)

  13. The bus is pretty impressive.

  14. ...things look festive at night.

  15. Chairs on the shore is a good idea :0) u can cover yourself with blanket and watch people...

  16. @Jeanie: hopefully.

    @Magiceye: thanks.

    @Maywyn: bed races are peculiar.

    @Jan: I thought so.

    @RedPat: thank you.

    @Iris: that figures!

    @Bill: I think so.

    @Tom: they do.

    @Klara: indeed.

  17. hahah William, I'm staring at the ice surface and it looks like sand to me. Talk about wishful thinking on my part! Great looking sculptures. One of these years, I'll make it over for Winterlude.

  18. I just read your comment regarding Doug Ford and the glass of water over on AC's blog....WOW! I was at the Legislature building last Wednesday (my grandson is a page there)and ran into Doug as my elevator doors opened. I said Hi to him. He wasn't on fire!

  19. Those snow sculptures are very snow intensive.

  20. That third photo is spectacular William.

  21. The transportation sculptures are fantastic and wonderful photos of the winter festivities ~

    Wishing you love and laughter in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)