Monday, March 5, 2012

Where In Ottawa: The March Edition

March is one of my favourite months, and not just because I was born in this month. I like March because it is when we begin to see sure evidence that the thaw is on, that winter is on its way out, that we will soon be shedding our extra layers of clothing.

But I don't like spring. It's my least-favourite season. It's slushy, the earth smells as it wakes up. All of the dog crap on the walkways thaws and shows us how owners haven't been cleaning up after their pets. I actually prefer winter to spring. And so, for now, I'll hang onto the last days of winter.

And as we get close to saying goodbye to this season, I present the final Where In Ottawa contest of the 2011–2012 winter.

I took this photo a couple of months ago, and for anyone who follows my Flickr photostream, you've seen this picture before. And once, at Thursday Pints, I showed it to some of the folks, giving them five seconds to identify the location. None did it.

Think you can? Think you know Ottawa? Prove it!

The first person to correctly identify this location will win a PDF copy of my book, Songsaengnim: A Korea Diary. You must leave your guess as a comment in this blog post; no guesses through Twitter, by e-mail, or as a comment in another post will count.

That's it. Good luck!


  1. 495 Richmond Road? I don't know the building name.

  2. Sorry, Katy, that's not it.

    Keep trying. Clues start tomorrow.

  3. Is it where Indian and Northern Affairs are (or were), government buildings. Terrasses de la Chaudière between Wellington and Promenade du Portage?

  4. Tom: I knew someone would guess that spot. The buildings are similar.

    But no, it's not Terrasses de la Chaudière.

  5. oh you sneaky bugger. I got it. I can't believe that I missed this one. it's been bugging me because there are not that many 8 floor office towers in the city. Most of them are either 5 floors or 12-20 floors. Additionally it's brick with bay windows that run the length of the building but still has bands of windows around each floor (but not recessed).

    This was originally built as the DEC (Digital Equipment Corp) building and was then purchased by Nortel (known as Woodline) and housed training as well as wireless before they moved to Centerpoint. I also believe that this contained Nortel Secure Networks. Don't quote me on it but I think that this might be a location for Avaya if they didn't move the Nortel Secure Networks folks into Carling.

    This building is of course, 2 Constellation Crescent just off Baseline Road.

  6. Wow, Tom, you're good. You've correctly identified this building.

    Congratulations! Just send me an e-mail to and the PDF is yours.

    I'll post the revealing photos tomorrow.