More Scenes From Downtown Ottawa


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This collection of images were taken last summer in Major’s Hill Park and around the Plaza Bridge. Once known as Colonel’s Hill after Lieutenant-Colonel John By, builder of the Rideau Canal, this area’s name was changed when Major Daniel Bolton took up residence on the hill. In the spring, Ottawa’s first park, Major’s Hill is a picturesque setting for Ottawa’s Tulip Festival. In the summer these sprawling beds are filled with colourful annuals.

The Plaza Bridge is an automotive and pedestrian bridge that crosses the Rideau Canal just south of the locks. The Château Laurier abuts the bridge at the east end, while Parliament Hill is just beyond the west end. The bridge is constructed of three masonry spans. The central span is over the Canal.




Couple on a bench, on the Plaza Bridge.




Stairs to the canal under the Plaza Bridge.




Canal under the Plaza Bridge.




Statue of Laura Secord at the Valiants Memorial in Ottawa.




One of the gardens in Major’s Hill Park.




A couple enjoying Major’s Hill Park.




Statue of Lieutenant-Colonel John By (7 August 1779 – 1 February 1836). He was a British military engineer, best remembered for supervising the construction of the Rideau Canal and, in the process, founded Bytown, that would become the city of Ottawa. The Fairmont Château Laurier is featured in the background.

See my previous post Scenes From Around the Château Laurier – Ottawa for more pictures of this Hotel and the Rideau Canal locks. Remember to click on the images to enlarge for better viewing.



4 thoughts on “More Scenes From Downtown Ottawa

  1. Love the stairs to the canal ….. love the angles and natural framing. Beth, here is a tip a photographer gave me that I found useful ( but sometimes hard to follow), he said,” have the confidence to show your best work, do not dilute your portfolio.” Cheers!

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