Out Ikea Way

Had to buy some fabric at Ikea this evening so off I pedalled, following the Ottawa River Pathway and the Pinecrest Creek Pathway as far as Iris Street on the way there, and then the Experimental Farm Pathway back. A lovely loop.

I was surprised to see how low the water level on the Ottawa River still is after all the rain we’ve had.

Flow mighty river flow!

Stopped off at Westboro Beach to admire these service pavilions. They remind me of Don Quixote’s windmills. Modalmom has a great description of a summer family outing to the beach here. And here’s a bit on the history of the beach.


Fun pavilions

I checked out some streets between Iris and the Queensway. Almost all of the houses were one story like this one.

House

Although I biked through one of the busiest travel times of the day I felt quite safe, primarily following the NCC bike paths.

Parc-de-la-Montagne

Visited a bunch of streets in Gatineau just north of Boulevard St Raymond for the first time, in an area called Parc-de-la-Montagne. This was farmland up until 1955 when it was purchased and developed by J.G. Bisson. The houses in this area are similar in proportion to these two below, which appear to have changed little since they were built.

Original houses

Of course most houses have had various amounts of renovation done to the property over time. For example these home owners have had extensive work done on their front yard, including the addition of shrubbery and garden statues. The little sign in front reads, ‘Attention! L’urine des animaux brûle les arbres!’. I did not know that.

Gorgeous tree and shrubbery!

I quite like the design of this modern church on Rue de la Guadaloupe, however I doubt the little banners and mini message board on the front facade were part of the original design.

Church

I’m guessing this is closer to what the architect had in mind.

Church sans banners & sign

On the way to Gatineau I passed this fellow lying under the Portage Bridge. He was in the same position an hour or so later. I assumed he was without a place to spend the night, sleeping in the safest dry location he could find. I realised many people must have biked by him as I had and probably made similar assumptions on his condition, but what if the fellow was hurt or sick? So I called 311 when I got home, who told me to call 911, who put me through to the ambulance dispatch. After asking me loads of questions on his condition I was unable to answer they sent over an ambulance. So, what is the proper thing to do in such a situation? I will try to find out.

King Edward

Short ride today. Work related. Middle of the day. Almost got smushed on Laurier by a car cutting me off as it turned south onto Elgin. I was going straight. Didn’t give chase as I had an appointment. Couldn’t report it either as I managed to avoid getting hit, so it won’t show up on any heat map intended to give bicyclists an idea of where most accidents occur. Shook it off and made it to my meeting on time. Then I headed South on King Edward for a bit.

King Edward looking south

These sculptures along King Edward are by Karl Ciesluk.

Fiddleheads in the meridian

Some great historical before and after shots of King Edward can be found here.

Aleutian Road

Interesting name. I don’t know if any of these reasons inspired the powers-that-be to name it as such, but I’m guessing it’s after the Aleut from the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, based on some of the surrounding streets named after other aboriginal peoples such as Mohawk Crescent and Sioux Crescent. Similar to the area of streets in Gatineau named after aboriginal groups, both neighbourhoods appear to have originally been developed around the same time, an assumption I’m making based on their period styles.

But before we get there, here’s an interesting building one happens upon en route along the Ottawa River Pathway. It’s the Belltown Dome. There’s a skating rink inside. It’s cramped, but very special in it’s uniqueness. My son has had hockey practice there so I got to go inside.

Belltown Dome

Aleutian Drive has great trees, like this huge oak.

Big Oak

Nanaimo Drive has a number of unique single-story houses such as this.

Eyebrow Arches

Heading East towards Greenbank Road, one comes across many two story houses with decorative shutters.

Decorative Shutters

Beacon Hill Beckoned

There are a number of houses in Beacon Hill with the brick work treatment shown below. The grout is left untrimmed, and the exterior walls are painted entirely white. It must must have been a popular style in the 50’s and 60’s, as there are a number of houses with this type of brickwork in Elmvale Acres as well.

Grout – gotta love it!

This style too, with protruding bricks to create a subtle pattern.

Intermittent Outies

At the top of Ski Hill Park along Naskapi Drive I noticed this interesting hedge, trimmed to avoid the side walk. Either that, or a very fussy and hungry deer lives in the neighbourhood.

Serious Hedge Trimming

Ending off with another glorious view of the Ottawa River, as seen from the boat launch at the end of Massey Lane.

Ahhhh…….