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Old Dec 20, 2006, 7:24 PM   #1
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Here are 2 pics of the Rideau canal in my hometown, Ottawa. This canal runs right through the centre of the city and is used for winter and summer activities, sports etc. These shots show only a small portion of the north end of the canal.

In the winter pic - the canal is a skating rink (I believe it is close to 8km in length). It also hosts 'Winterlude', our winter festival. I had already posted this shot in Landscapes 10 days ago.

In spring and summer, it is a place for fun and relaxation, and boating - it is a big part of our festival of spring capped of by a boat flotilla.


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Old Dec 20, 2006, 7:26 PM   #2
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Old Dec 20, 2006, 8:41 PM   #3
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Wow! How inviting! Make me want to see you city now!

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Old Dec 20, 2006, 9:05 PM   #4
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Is the second pic looking at the same bridge from the opposite direction? Is seems the lights along the edge are gone, or thinner, but the building in the extreme forground of the second one is probably the same one that's in the distance on the first.

Just a little phobia of mine, trying to piece things together.....sorry.


Now I see, there must be two bridges, pretty close together. I was wondering why they had a different structure for either side.

Is this right?

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Yes there are 2 bridges. The bridge with the green arches is very old and was the only bridge crossing the canal 100 years ago. There must be about 7 now.

The shots were taken from opposite directions.

Thanks for the comments and interest.
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WOW! Your home town looks like so much fun, summer and winter! How fun it would be to skate in such a wide open area!! I'm afraid where I live, our rivers and ponds only freeze enough to skate on ever 15 or so years!! ANd the only skating rink we had in our area closed 6 years ago.....Thank you for sharing!!
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Beautiful shots of a beautiful location. I assume they remove those stairways in the summertime to prevent accidents. I would love to visit there sometime.

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Old Dec 21, 2006, 5:38 PM   #8
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Thanks so much everyone for the comments.

Yes, calr, the stairways are removed as are all the vendor's outlets ( for food, coffee, hot chocolate etc, and 'beaver tails' - a very popular snack food for cold winter days) and warm up huts for changing into and out of one's skates.
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Looks like a nice place to visit. I do keep wanting to go there to do genealogy research. But, alas, there is never enough time.
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