Street Walking: The Cycling Edition

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time you’ll know two important things about me – I love to cycle just about everywhere, and I love taking pictures.

After having had a chance to cycle around Ottawa for the past few weeks, I thought I’d take a moment to compare and contrast my two very different cycling lives in Toronto and Ottawa. For the remainder of the post, words will be kept to a minimum, but I’d love to know what your ideal cycling (or walking) vistas might look like.

Now, for the visual comparison…


cycling toronto ttc


ottawa cycling canal


toronto queen st


ottawa canal cycling



And finally, Ottawa…

ottawa cycling canal

I suppose I should also let you know that all photos were taken while cycling on designated cycling “paths”.



  1. It’s been a long time since I’ve been bicycling, but looking at those countersunk streetcar tracks gave me the heebie-jeebies!

  2. Fun post! I love the comparisons. Especially when I am sure it is so much more enjoyable to bike with your boys now. I am sure you know my answer to your question. My ideal vista…the Sierra’s, on the Pacific Crest Trail.

      1. Well, it isn’t like I get to take in that view every day. Although I did for 20 days straight a few years ago (pre-kids) and I don’t think I will ever for get it

  3. Ottawa looks like a place I would love to cycle and/or walk. Love all the green and water! Here in Arizona, over 113 days without rain, all is brown and dry.


    1. As a fan of golf, I’m always amazed at how green the golf courses are in Arizona, and then everything immediately turns brown right off the fairways. I guess they water only what’s necessary.

  4. Okay, city versus park? Seems there’s no comparison between the two! And given the education you just provided me about Dutch angles and that you’re not usually a fan (see my long reply to your comment), I smiled at your use of the technique in the first two Toronto photos 🙂 Umm, further stacking of the deck against Toronto cycling in favor of Ottawa cycling, or perhaps the angle was merely a result of you looking to the left and right on those two shots versus straight on in the others? Which brings up the question, how DID you take these photos while cycling??? Seems a bit like texting and driving 😉 Great photos all, by the way!

    1. Haha, touche! It seems that when taking photos on a bike while not looking through the viewfinder, one is predisposed to taking Dutch Angles 🙂

      For the Ottawa shots though, I stopped to compose them. I guess that’s one of the luxuries of being able to cycle on paths that are next to the roads, instead of on paths that are just part of the roads.

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