Posts Tagged ‘phototour


The Canal

I was out on the Rideau Canal yesterday, which has to be some of Ottawa’s best public space during the winter, and I snapped some pictures. I skated from the National Arts Centre to the Bank Street Bridge and back, so they only encompass that part of the canal, but I still managed some nice shots.

Corktown Bridge

Free Hugs!

St. Paul's University

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On the road again: The Ottawa Project visits Saskatoon

As I mentioned in a previous post, I was in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan last week for the 71st annual Canadian University Press conference, and during one of the few times where I wasn’t busy taking in the conference, I took some time to get out and explore Saskatoon.

My initial impressions were that Saskatoon is a very different city from those in Ontario. Most of the roads were quite wide, which made everything look very spread out to my Eastern eyes. Additionally, Saskatoon doesn’t use salt on their roads, so instead of the wet, slushy conditions you get on Ottawa roads and sidewalks during the winter, you tended to have a very hard-packed snow covering most paved surfaces. In fact, not once did I regret my decision not to take heavy winter boots with me—unlike in Ottawa much of the time, running shoes were more than adequate to keep my feet dry.

Over on his blog, my friend and fellow conference-attendee Carl Meyer described Saskatoon as a “cold desert”. While that may be scientifically accurate (I believe most of Saskatchewan falls a little short of being classified as a desert climate), I can certainly agree with the sentiment. The air is incredibly dry, and the cold is a biting one; you don’t really notice it at first, but the longer you’re out in it, the more it gets to you. All that said, I did find it to be an interesting city, one I’d like to go back and have a chance to explore more during warmer months. Follow the jump to see some of my pictures with comments.

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Phototour #1: Sandy Hill

Perhaps the best way to start this blog off is with something I’d like to become a defining feature—a photo tour, beginning with the neighborhood of Sandy Hill. Sandy Hill is located just east of downtown, and just south of the Byward Market. The neighborhood was, at one point during the 19th and early 20th century, the wealthiest neighborhood in the city, but as more bridges were constructed over the Rideau Canal and as streetcars began service into the area, it became much closer to downtown. The upper class citizens began moving to different parts of the city, while the wealth of the neighborhood dropped.

Because of this, Sandy Hill today is very strange demographically. On the neighborhood’s western side, you tend to find poorer citizens and students living in subdivided houses, while if you travel east, you very rapidly begin to run into a mix of wealthier citizens, attracted once again to the older downtown neighborhood, as well as many embassies and high commissions. All this combines to make Sandy Hill into one of Ottawa’s most interesting and dynamic neighborhoods, with significant demographic changes over the span of just a few blocks.

Population (2006): 12,078

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