I then drove home, making a detour to take some photos for the upcoming Where In Ottawa, and I decided to stop at Dow's Lake, on Queen Elizabeth Drive, across from the pavilion, which I decided to use for this month's photo challenge.
It's a mere coincidence that Becca solved the challenge. She had no idea where I was going when I left her and we hadn't spoken to each other since she left her guess in the Comments section of the blog post.
Here are the clues, explained:
- Rich view—if you're in one of the halls in the pavilion, the ones in the challenge photo, you look across the lake and toward the multi-million-dollar homes of the Glebe Annex. It's funny that one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods in the city was, until the 1930s a rail and lumber yard.
- Swamped? D'ow! That's just great!—before the man-made lake was constructed, Dow's Lake was known as Dow's Great Swamp. It was named after an American, Abram Dow, who settled in the area in the early 19th century. A dam was constructed on the north end of the swamp, not far from the pavilion, to allow flooding for the Rideau Canal.
- A bridge ran through it—or a causeway. It's hard to tell. But according to geoOttawa, a 1928 aerial photo shows a roadway that starts where Preston Street and Prince of Wales Drive now meet, and runs east, across the northern portion of the lake, where it splits at present-day Lakeside Avenue and Queen Elizabeth Drive.
Anita and Dwayne are the team behind my profile photo, which I use on this blog, on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Thanks again for your great work!
The next photo challenge is January 2, 2017.