Sunday, May 8, 2022

A Walk Along The Skateway

When I originally started the Winterlude retrospective series, it was with an introduction from this year: images along the Rideau Canal skateway. That post ended at the Bank Street Bridge where the Glebe is on the one side and Old Ottawa South is on the other. So I start again for a two day encore of Winterlude 2022, with the bridge, with this view looking east. I was up here on a day in February, with people making use of the skate surface.

I went down to the ice surface to head west, and took this view of the bridge.

My path carried me on.

The Bronson Avenue Bridge was ahead. Beyond it the Canal widens into Dow's Lake.

Here's the bridge from the other side.

One of the signs one finds along the skateway, giving various facts about it.

And here we have a view of the lake, with the Arboretum on the west shore.

I headed towards the north end, with the pavilion overlooking the lake.

A final view from the docks at the north end of the lake. This was actually my last shot of the walk, but on my way up the lake I had noticed something off to the east that had caught my eye. We'll get a look at it tomorrow when I wrap up this series.


  1. William - I love this! I hope the climate continues to make this skateway possible!

  2. You mentioned disappearing comments. Are you using Safari? On some blogs, it won’t even let me read the comments much less add one. I wonder if Google is trying to damage the competition?

  3. Brrrr. Makes me a little worried as we have had our first frost for the season this week. I don't really love cold weather.

  4. Hello,
    Looks cold, I am sure the skaters are having fun. Great series! Have a great day and a happy new week!

  5. ...I hope that the ice has finally melted.

  6. Love that colour in the last shot, William.

  7. A skating season of average 50 days ... I could only dream of that.

  8. That was a very overcast day, but you get a lot of exercise in your photo forays.

  9. @Angie: I hope so.

    @Linda: I use Chrome. It depends on the blog. Yours and Tamera's blogs seem to be the most problematic in terms of writing comments that stick.

    @Italiafinlandia: indeed.

    @Joan: I go for it.

    @Eileen: thanks.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @Tom: it has.

    @Marie: thank you

    @Jan: it does for us.

    @Jennifer:: thanks.

    @Anvilcloud: I do .

  10. Love your cover shot! The Skateway is impressive with a million visits a year. WOW! I grew up in Illinois. In the winter, our pond would freeze over which allowed us to skate, but we didn't have actual skates so we shoe skated. It was still fun.

  11. The last pic is my favourite!

  12. There were not many people out that day. It must have been a really cold one.

  13. wow. it looks chilly. we have had rain all weekend. so lazy. yawn. lol!! ( ;

  14. The skaters are gliding along!

  15. Lovely photo walk with you ~ wonderful canal and bridges ~

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  16. La pista está bien concurrida, hay bastante gentes que quieren patinar.

  17. @Betty: it is a wonderful part of the city.

    @Magiceye: thank you.

    @RedPat: I believe this walk was on a weekday, so there will always be less people.

    @Beth: sunshine here.

    @Sharon: they do!

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Ventana: thanks.

  18. A million visits a year is an amazing fact and I can see why as the canal looks like an ice skaters dream!

  19. What a great place for skating.

  20. So although there was no ice sculpture competition, there was a Winterlude celebration this year? It looks so lovely the way people can skate down what looks like an ice river! I can only imagine, never having lived anywhere that cold.

    1. Since the Canal is there and it was cleared for skaters, Winterlude happened, but without much of the activity.

  21. Looks like the perfect day for skating.