On the Sunday of Thanksgiving Weekend we took the family up to the Gatineau Hills to sight-see the fall colours. We also wanted to check out Kingsmere, the estate of former Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie-King. The trip itself was great. Beautiful scenery; nice weather; well-groomed walking trails. This is a real treasure in the Ottawa-area. The problem was the getting to and coming home from Quebec. Not Quebec itself mind you, but the roads in Ottawa to get there. The quickest way to get to the Gatineau Hills is via Autoroute 5 in Quebec. The quickest way to get to Autoroute 5 in OttawaRead More →

The Seaway Bridge crossing the retired Cornwall Canal and the St. Lawrence River in Cornwall, Ontario, has been going through a massive redevelopment project. This included construction of a new low-level crossing and the gradual removal of the North Channel bridge. In February 2014, the new bridge opened, ending 50+ years of use of the old North Channel Bridge. On July 8, 2014, there was a one day open house where people could walk on the bridge one last time, of course I went on this. The next chapter of this project occurred on September 30, 2015 with the lowering of the main center archRead More →

Iroquois Station design drawing – Courtesy Library & Archives Canada I spent an hour this morning at the site of the former railway station at Iroquois, Ontario, Milepost 100.2 on the CN Kingston Sub. This section of the Kingston Subdivision was built as part of the St. Lawrence Seaway project in the 1950’s. The original railroad line was approximately one mile to the south of this location but was required to be rerouted to avoid flooding from the creation of Lake St. Lawrence. The station in Iroquois was one of five “1950’s” style stations built on the new line, continuing to Morrisburg, Ingleside, Long SaultRead More →