On Twitter yesterday I asked if I today's 3D photos should be of the Rideau Canal or of the World Exchange Centre theatres, the only vote was from the Rideau Canal Skateway account. This is notable because in previous years there were only accounts for Winterlude (which is now run by the Department of Canadian Heritage) and for the Rideau Canal waterway (which is run in the non-skateway season by Parks Canada). Now both the Rideau Canal skateway and the NCC itself both are on Twitter, and the Skateway account actively engages with the public.
Given the warm temperatures on the weekend, today might be your last chance to skate on the canal for a while. So to entice you, I bring you photos of the canal, which opened on the relatively early date of December 31, 2013. Here it is that day at dusk at the Concord rest area at the far east end of Centretown:
The night before, I also took photos of the Canal. Here's a stunning 3D nighttime view of Bank Street bridge with Lansdowne Park's construction cranes in the background. Make sure to view it full screen and zoom in if you can:
A similar shot on opening day from the surface. It was only open far enough south/west to allow access via the stairs at Bank Street. On opening day, the section west of Bank was still very bumpy:
The broom tractors were out in full force to sweep away the snow that was accumulating on the ice:
Here's a shot looking down at the far northern end of the Canal from Plaza Bridge down toward Mackenzie-King Bridge on January 5, after the rest of the canal had opened up:
By then, lots of people came out. Here's looking down from the canal from the Bank Street bridge, looking west toward Bronson Avenue:
Make sure to open the photos to make them full screen, and make sure to look at them with your 3D glasses on!
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