Monday, May 2, 2022

Perspectives From The Canal Surface

 I return today to Winterlude 2020 (this has been a long retrospective, and I swear, it doesn't look like this anymore). One day I was on the Bank Street Bridge and photographed the Canal, both east and west.

Down below, I took a shot of the bridge from the ice surface.

By contrast, the same view at night.

On another day I went for a walk on the ice on a bright sunny day. I started by accessing the Canal at Lansdowne.

My path led for the downtown, with the Flora Bridge gracefully spanning the Canal.

A short walk beyond is the inlet for Patterson Creek, which emerges from under this stone bridge and joins the Canal.

The ice is cleared up to an island in the background and counts as part of the length of the Canal skateway.

Coming back out, I looked back.

And then carried on, past the next bridge, the Pretoria Bridge.

Around the last bend in the Canal is this final stretch. The Corktown Bridge is another pedestrian bridge like the Flora, linking Centretown with Sandy Hill and the University of Ottawa.

My last view for today: from on top of the Corktown Bridge looking back where I'd come from.


  1. When does the ice begin to thaw out there William?

  2. It's amazing to walk on the water 😉😄

  3. The night photo as mystery, while the sunny day photos, brightness vibes.

  4. ...the canal is an amazing feature for Ottawa.

  5. Beautiful views of the canal. Take care, enjoy your new week ahead.

  6. The night view looks so different!

  7. You sure about that snow? You ARE in Canada! (Love the Patterson bridge photo)

  8. A very nice look back at the ice on the canal.

  9. It is such a wonderful event for Ottawa when the freeze comes.

  10. It might have been 2020, but I still some people out there enjoying the ice.

  11. I like the shadows in the last photo.

  12. @Amy: late March.

    @Italiafinlandia: it is.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @Maywyn: thank you.

    @Tom: yes it is.

    @Eileen: thanks.

    @Iris: I agree.

    @Marie: indeed.

    @Jeanie: me too.

    @Jan: yes it is.

    @RedPat: very much so.

    @Sharon: people make the most of it.

    @Bill: I do too.

  13. What a wonderful place for a walk ~ awesome canal photos and am sure the canal must change each year ~

    Thanks for letting me know that you too need monitor the Spam solder on blogger ~ must be the reCaptcha that is doing the spam stuff ~

    Wishing you love and laughter in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  14. Las gentes se lo pasan muy bien, en esas pistas de hielo natural.

  15. This gives me good memories of winter!

  16. It certainly looks cold. I've never been to Ottawa in the winter, well, once, but didnt get out of the car, we just drove through.

  17. The fact that the river freezes over fascinates me. What a fun place to skate! Does anyone ever fall in?

  18. @Carol: there are a lot of weird things going on with blogger these days.

    @Ventana: thank you.

    @Jennifer: good.

    @Shammickite: I love winter here.

    @Denise: no, the people who maintain the ice monitor its condition for when it's time to close it. And since it's a canal its flow is regulated anyway.

  19. There is something magical about bridges day or night. William

  20. The ambience of the day captured perfectly.

  21. Wonderful bridges, especially that lighted, golden bridge.

  22. Beautiful, interesting captures. Loved the night shot the best!