Briarcliffe

The small east-end community of Briarcliffe is attempting to have itself designated as a mid-century architectural heritage site. Read more about it here. Made me think of the fantastic Mid-Century Modernist home depicted in the movie The Incredibles. I had to see what Ottawa architects were thinking at the time, so off I headed to Briarcliffe!

The architects success at designing homes in harmony with their natural surroundings made it a bit of a challenge to distinguish period details, especially since the natural environment has had a good fifty to sixty years to establish itself. However what can be seen of the houses in amongst the trees is wonderful. The community is also great to bike through, winding up-and-down quiet streets.

Mid-Century Modern Homes

Another wonderful portion of todays trip was spent further contemplating the strange Rothwell Heights ghost town described in my earlier post. The mystery of this abandoned land has been resolved. Since the military took off it has been embroiled in a land claim by the Algonquin First Nations. So the narrative may be clearer, but the eeriness of the place remains. However it won’t be long before all that changes, as issues surrounding the Land Claims seem to have been resolved.

Yield to Nothing

Biked back along the river. Try to make out the svelte early morning rowers in the distance.

Down by the River

Further up stream the New Edinburgh Boat Club is a lovely site to see.

New Edinburgh Boat Club

On the way past the GG’s, I paused to take in this landscape installation set into the round-about commemorating the streetcars which once dominated the city landscape. More on that here.

Remembering the Streetcars

Canada Day ride!

In tribute to our national holiday I set out to explore streets in Gatineau named after a few of our First Nations.

Rue des Algonquins and it’s surrounding streets are a pleasant meander along large wooded properties. Very nice to bike through. The Algonquins were residents in this area long before Mr Champlain floated up the river.

Area around Rue des Algonquins

Rue des Montangais and surrounding streets have some big new chateauesque-ish homes.

Around Rue des Montangais

Les rues des Hurons and Abénakis, had lots of parked cars.

Around Rue des Hurons

The blue line on the above map is a very nice section of NCC bike path that weaves through wooded area and links up to a number of other paths.