It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Sunny Saturday Stride

This is where I go most summer weekends, at least once. Along the canal which runs through the centre of this lovely city is a bike and pedestrian path. It’s about a ten minute walk or less from my house to the canal. With this only three blocks from one’s home, who wouldn’t want to go for a stroll?? Actually, I never stroll – I stride. Strolling hurts my back.

Now I’ve turned around to show you the view in the other direction. That handsome fellow is my sweetie. And once more I ask: With such great company, who wouldn’t want to go for a stroll, er, stride?

Proceed a little further towards the downtown – see the buildings getting bigger? – and this is what you see. More gorgeousness! The canal does an arc to the left, and shortly we’ll come to the bridge we cross to get downtown, though we could, if we chose, continue along the canal to The Market, a pedestrian-friendly area chock full of tourists, restaurants, bistros, and crafty-type shops.

I love this little bridge. It’s just so pretty! The inlet behind it has a grassy park around it, and some very pricey homes back onto it. I was going to take you right downtown with me, about a 30 minute walk, but I got distracted by conversation with my sweetie, so I’m afraid our tour ends here.

See why I love living in this city??

August 27, 2005 - Posted by | Ottawa, outings


  1. It look beautiful. I’ll have to come visit sometime.

    Of course, I’ve had “visit Canada” on my list of things to do soon since I was 18 & hung out with a Canadian guy for a few months hitchiking. But it is still way up there!

    Still SW England is pretty too. I like living at the seaside, next to a gorge, only a few miles from the beautiful city of Bath and within a day trip of some of the most facinating historical & pre-historical monuments in the world:-)

    Comment by Mrs.Aginoth | August 27, 2005 | Reply

  2. The last time I visited this blog I read something brilliantly written about … doesn’t matter. Then the photies of god knows where. That’s very technological. Apparently, you can’t do that on this machine even if you knew how. Put in photies. Nice place though wherever it is. Interested in sex and Irish beer? What’s the matter with you back? Visit my blog. Cure your back. Hotboy

    Comment by hotboy | August 27, 2005 | Reply

  3. Ontario? Light looks great. Your sweetie looks Scottish. A lot of Scottish people stand like that. Hotboy

    Comment by hotboy | August 27, 2005 | Reply

  4. It’s so nice to call someone a sweetie!

    Comment by hotboy | August 27, 2005 | Reply

  5. ‘visit Canada’ has been on my list all my life [sigh]

    most of my family live in Toronto and my god-daughter and her long-suffering mama have been in Calgary for the past three years..

    Mind you, I also have ‘visit Providence’ on my list – perhaps in the vain hope I might ‘accidentally’ bump into Mike Farrell while they’re filming the show of the same name 🙂

    Comment by craziequeen | August 27, 2005 | Reply

  6. At least I can say I’ve been round a lot of the uK. Of course it’s a little bit smaller than Canada….

    There’s still loads to see though, plus now I need to go back to everywhere with the kiddies.

    Comment by Mrs.Aginoth | August 27, 2005 | Reply

  7. I concur, looks lovely :o)

    Comment by Aginoth | August 27, 2005 | Reply

  8. Mrs.A: I’ve been to England twice in my life, the first when I was sixteen. (I have reams of family in the midlands.) It’s lovely, and I love the people. Of course it’s true that everyone seems so much friendlier when you’re on holiday, too. Except in Paris. Stiff lot, those Parisians.

    I read somewhere you can fit England (or was it the whole UK?) into Ontario 5 times. And this is important, because we all know that bigger is better. Uh-huh. I love my city, think my country is gorgeous and well worth the visit, but I am planning to go back to Britain as soon as I can scrape together the funds. It’s a lovely place, but pricey!

    Hotboy: I’ve seen you on – whose blog is it? – but had completely forgotten, or didn’t notice, that you’d been here before. How could I have missed? You’re making sure you’re noticed today, at any rate.

    Brilliantly written? Thank you. I aim to please. And for that bit of flattery you are welcome back any time.

    Ontario: very good! Either that or you read my profile. Irish beer, rich and creamy. Yum. Photos are of the Rideau Canal here in Ottawa.

    No, he’s not Scottish. Fourth or fifth generation Canadian, origins probably German, god help me. And yes, it is nice! (To call and to have.)

    CQ: I lived in Toronto for about eight years, and quite liked it. Though its pollution levels are worse, it gets a much milder and shorter winter than Ottawa! I like the size of Ottawa better, though. From Ottawa to Toronto is about a five hour drive; Calgary, you fly to!

    Aginoth: Thank you. Maybe tomorrow I’ll remember to keep snapping those shots, and have more to show. Don’t hold yer breath: my memory is as the sieve.

    Comment by Mary P. | August 27, 2005 | Reply

  9. Great pictures Mary, thanks for showing us around. I would stride here everyday if I could also. 🙂

    Comment by August95 | August 27, 2005 | Reply

  10. I concur with August 95–great pics, and looks like a nice place for a walk.

    I’m with you on the striding vs. strolling thing. I think that’s why I hate grocery shopping. Get out of my way, people!

    Comment by Sharkey | August 27, 2005 | Reply

  11. August: that’s some compliment, coming from you, who has some of the most beautiful scenery in the country just outside her back door! Thank you.

    Sharkey: Exactly! Sometimes I get stuck behind people on the sidewalk, and they’re going so slowly you wonder why they’re not teetering from side to side, they spend so long on each foot. Some of them may be frail or ill in some not-obvious way, but not that many! Outta may way, indeed!

    Comment by Mary P. | August 28, 2005 | Reply

  12. Great pictures. Ontario looks like an exceptionally clean city. You, your sweetie, your city – from where I sit, all look like a perfect fit!

    Comment by snaars | August 28, 2005 | Reply

  13. Thanks. Ontario is, of course, the province in which we live. Ottawa is the city, the capital of Canada. I’ve lived in five (Canadian) cities in my life, and Ottawa is not exceptionally clean in my experience, just normal. However, people more experienced with travel to and from the States tell me that Canadian cities are, on the whole, cleaner than American ones.

    And yes, this city is a good fit for me, and my sweetie? He’s perfect!

    Comment by Mary P. | August 28, 2005 | Reply

  14. Beautiful photos, Mary. Ottawa is one of my favorite Canadian cities (having been there twice, last time was about this time of year in 2003). I’ve got a friend up there who keeps trying to convince us to move there. With GWB’s America, it’s sorely tempting, if only we could figure out some sort of employment.

    Comment by aaron | August 28, 2005 | Reply

  15. So…what weekend is good for you?

    We can be there anytime in September and October.


    Comment by misfit | August 28, 2005 | Reply

  16. Aaron: I’m sure we Ottawans (is that a word??) could shove over and make room!

    Misfit: Make it September, and you’ll see the leaf change at its best. Pick a weekend when my stepkids aren’t here, and we have a ton of extra beds! I’ll even change the sheets.

    Or you could come in February and take advantage of the cold and snow in our winter festival, Winterlude. Ice sculptures, huge slides for the kids made of snow and ice, all sorts of activities.

    Comment by Mary P. | August 29, 2005 | Reply

  17. SNOW! I love snow! We don’t get much of it here in Cincinnati…well, we got A LOT of it last winter, but usually not so much.

    I’m loving the idea of huge snow/ice slides. *Just* for the kids? Would I be frowned upon for partaking?

    Comment by misfit | August 29, 2005 | Reply

  18. Misfit: Adults go on them all the time, no problem. Just wear snow pants, because the slides are lined with ice, and that’s stuff’s HARD. Bruised bottoms all round…

    Comment by Mary P. | August 29, 2005 | Reply

  19. Oops! Wow, how embarassing to confuse the name of an entire province with that of a city! I knew that Ontario was a province, of course, I just wasn’t thinking.

    Geography was never my strong suit, but now I been edumcated fer real in collij, I shud’a knowed better.

    Comment by snaars | August 29, 2005 | Reply

  20. Beautiful, Mary! Thanks for giving us the tour!

    Comment by LoryKC | August 29, 2005 | Reply

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