Sunday, 26 March 2017

Day trip: March 23rd Part 2

2. Next stop: Narrows Lock Rd. to Narrows Lockstation.

We were there to see the birds, and to check how much ice was left. I'd forgotten about the work to be done. We were there when they were assessing the work.

Just for reference, I've maps below. The lockstation is where there used to be an 1812 defense site.

The Big Rideau is on the Rideau Canal, and leads right into Ottawa. It was a strategic transportation route in the day. Now, it is strictly for boaters who come and go. The lake freezes in winter, as you can see. Not totally, mind you. The geese know it. We spotted swans late one year (December 7th). And again, on March 30th: Trip to Narrows Lock to go birdin'.
This is what I was hoping for, but archival photos are good, indeed!

The signage is self-evident! There is bridge work being done. No semis allowed.

As you approach, you can see the geese in the open water.

There is much reconstruction, as the feds are rebuilding and repairing several dams. We happened upon Poonamalie Locks on the day they were repairing it.
They are pouring money into the canal:
Parks Canada spending $40M to shore up crumbling Rideau Canal

This repair, at Narrows Locks, is a huge one. I counted 13 trucks, therefore at least 13 workers, with generators going full guns, and workers wearing warm fatigues.

  1. Cranworth
  2. Narrows Lock Rd.: Geese and construction
  3. Westport


Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Can't help thinking it's going to look fabulous when complete! YAM xx

William Kendall said...

Interesting to see how things are upstream. There's maintenance work being done on the Canal in the city as well, east of the Bank St. Bridge. These things have to be maintained- the previous government seemed happy to totally neglect it.

Debbie said...

Always fun to be on the road, whatever the conditions. Beautiful swans and a neat old broken down barn.

Red said...

I think you saw the whole country! Very pretty at this time of year.

Lady Fi said...

I can see that spring is coming! Lovely shots.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a nice day trip! I'm looking forward to those again soon too. Enjoy your week!