Skyline of Ottawa – By the River

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Just like that, overnight, someone switched the heat on and we went from freezing to sweating. Or more exactly, from single-digit temperatures to a balmy 27°C. Welcome to Ottawa, where spring is a two-day transition between winter and summer!

After I rushed to the store to buy a pair of shorts and sandals (what? It’s hot!), we decided to head out and enjoy the winter—much like any hermit family would do after a five-month long winter. We ended up in Gatineau, in Québec, by the Museum of Civilizations—a place I hadn’t been to since fall. Actually, this was my last set of pictures before I gave birth to Mark: this one was taken just four days before he was born!

The paths around the Museum of Civilizations offer an amazingly scenic view on the Ottawa River and the skyline of Ottawa, including Parliament Hill and the downtown core. The water level is very high right now and the shores are a bit flooded but nothing dramatic, and the geese seem to enjoy the “playground”.

Isn’t Canada a beautiful place? Even after ten years in Ottawa, the region still amazes me. We are truly lucky!

You can view the complete set of Ottawa – Spring pictures on Flickr.

Ottawa Skyline

Ottawa Skyline

Alexandra Bridge

Alexandra Bridge

The Hill and Château Laurier

The Hill and Château Laurier

Ottawa Skyline

Ottawa Skyline

The Hill

The Hill

Family Portrait

Family Portrait

Museum of Civilization

Museum of Civilization

Alexandra Bridge

Alexandra Bridge

Ottawa Skyline and the Ottawa River

Ottawa Skyline and the Ottawa River

Curious Goose

Curious Goose

Flooded

Flooded

The Hill

The Hill

The Hill

The Hill

Ottawa Skyline

Ottawa Skyline

Ottawa Skyline

Ottawa Skyline

Ottawa River

Ottawa River

Ottawa Skyline

Ottawa Skyline

Along The Ottawa River

Along The Ottawa River

Ottawa River and the Hill

Ottawa River and the Hill

Ottawa River

Ottawa River

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20 Comments

  1. He he, your goose pic is like my goose pic! Wonderful pictures, so gorgeous! Isn’t this weather so amazing – I can’t believe we live here, it is like being on holiday in a hot country all summer long!!

  2. Thank you so much for the pictures, they bring back good memories :). Ottawa indeed is a beautiful place. I remember I was once standing in front of the parliament building, facing away from it. There was another building with a huge modern glass front reflecting the parliament building. I like these opposites, it looks just great.

    • I know exactly what building you are talking about, the Industry Canada building 😉 I took pictures of the reflection many many times!

  3. It is so funny but true..spring is a 2-day transition to summer haha!
    Anyway these are great photos! I wish I could go to Ottawa this summer season.

  4. It was indeed very sudden… I was wondering if the tulips would be ready for the tulip festival, that started this week, and thanks to last (warm) week, they are!
    It’s actually a bit too hot for me… I’m ok with 20°C “only” for a few more weeks 😀

  5. These are great pictures Zhu! Ottawa really is a great place to live – these pictures have me feeling nostalgic.

    When I was growing up in Canada winter used to come earlier and leave sooner. Spring came sooner and actually lasted a few weeks. Now there is more humidity during the summertime and spring is so short.

    From the looks of your pictures, we can say that spring took early leave and now it’s summer!

    • You are right, it feels like summer rather than spring! It’s not humid like in the summer though, it’s dry and guess what… no mosquitoes yet! 😉

  6. 27 degrees! That feels so sudden! Here in Berlin the weather is taking its sweet time going up the mercury. Right now, the forecast says it’ll just go up to 23, so it’s not that hot at all.

    And I saw your last pre-birth photo; I guess I just don’t know a lot about pregnant women and how they look, but that doesn’t look like you’re about to give birth!

    • And it’s not just one random hot day… it’s been glorious for a week now! Finally!

      I know, Mark didn’t show much, when I look back I didn’t look that huge–but I felt huge 😆

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