A fall day, and the Ottawa River is calm and the colour of asphalt. I’m standing beneath Samuel de Champlain’s statue on Nepean Point. Staring initially in the same direction as our founding colonizer – upriver, with the Champlain Bridge just visible in the distance – I then circumnavigate his plinth. The river squeezes through the Chaudière Falls dam, runs under the creeping cars on the disrupted Alexandra Bridge, past an almost boatless marina, then a rowing club, under a plain commuter bridge, down to Point Gatineau (where once a governor general’s wife fell through the ice) and around a bend beneath the Rockcliffe cliffs and on down to Montreal.http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/jenkins-a-tribute-to-the-ottawa-river
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