Monday, November 4, 2013
Walking in Ottawa
We spent a few days in Ottawa. The weather co-operated enough that we were able to walk (though there were moments went the winds made me feel I would fly). The Rideau Canal cuts through the city; it was once an important link between Ottawa and Kingston, with barges plying the waters. Now it is pleasure craft that use the waterway in summer and skaters in winter.
On the pedestrian bridge there were many locks - the tradition of love locks has reached Canada. Some had names written on them in markers; others were engraved. There were strings of locks attached together, combination locks, key locks, bicycle locks - each representing relationships.
And then there were the other locks - the ones that raise and lower the height of the water so boats can pass between the Ottawa River and the canal.
After a stroll along the canal it was time to climb up to the city streets.