I took these pictures in the mid-summer last year, meaning to post them, and then totally forgot about them until I finally said hello to my favourite route again this spring. So here they are for you!
First I run along the streets towards the path:
And then I used to take some stairs to the path, before I discovered a longer route that involved fewer stop lights:
Now I skip the stairs and go along the street a little farther, start taking the pathways and go under the street instead of waiting for a light to change:
And then I'm there - along the river on the bike path, which has as many runners and walkers as bikers, and we generally play nicely:
As I run along the pathway the river comes into view:
On a sunny day, there's always plenty of company:
(I usually avoid this route on crummy days because it will be quieter and I don't feel super safe down there by myself.)
Looking over the river I can see the buildings in Quebec:
And as I keep running along the Parliament buildings come into view:
(Sometimes I can see the Supreme Court as well, if I'm paying attention or running in the other direction.)
The bridges are lovely as well:
And the comes the National Gallery:
During the summer, the tour boats are waiting for their next eager passengers to dock:
And the comes the locks between the river and the canal:
And then hill with the beautiful Chateau Laurier rising up along the left side:
And then I reach the top of the hill by the top of the locks:
(The hill is more fun to run down than up, but sometimes you have to do the hard stuff.)
And for a bonus, sometimes I run up and down the canal either before or after I run along the river:
Just looking at these pictures makes me look forward to my next run!
What are your favourite running routes?