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PHOTO: Sunset over Bandmaster Park skating rink

Chris Griffin took this photo of tonight’s sunset over the outdoor skating rink at Bandmaster Park in Fairwinds.  The rink officially opened for the season yesterday. People of all ages were outside skating on it today. Here’s a map of outdoor rinks in Stittsville.

Sunset over Bandmaster Park skating rink. Chris Griffin -
Sunset over Bandmaster Park skating rink. Photo by Chris Griffin –


SUNDAY DRIVE: The Pakenham Five-Span Bridge

Pakenham Five Span Bridge. Photo by Barry Gray.
Pakenham Five Span Bridge. Photo by Barry Gray.

Do you have a favourite “Sunday Drive” near Stittsville? Let us know about it on the comments below or send an email to

The Pakenham Five Span bridge was built in 1903 by Scottish Stone Masons over the Mississippi river and rapids at Pakenham in Lanark County, northwest of Stittsville.

The five-arch stone bridge is the only one in North America. It was original built to carry horses and carriages accross the Mississippi River to the mills in Pakenham.

It’s 268 feet long, 22 feet high and 25 feet wide. The largest stone
used in the construction weighs five tonnes.

Public pressure to preserve the bridge, rather than replacing it with a modern bridge, lead to the restoration of it in 1984 to make it suitable for truck and car traffic.  During the resoration, each stone was removed and labelled, and then placed back in its original location over reinforced concrete.

If you’re driving out to Pakenham and it’s a warm day, check out Scoop’s Ice Cream on Waba Road, right in the middle of town.

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Can anybody identify these planes?

Stittsville resident B. R. Ravishankar took these photos early on Tuesday evening.  He’s wondering if anyone knows what the planes were doing:

This evening as I was walking in my neighbourhood in Stittsville, I noticed several long contrails from airplanes. This is nothing unusual, but beautiful to see in clear blue skies. But what intrigued me today was that out of several planes with contrails, only one had another plane traveling right above it, at the same speed, with a much smaller contrail. It looked like a much smaller jet.

Jet contrails on September 24 over Stittsville. Photo by B.R. Ravishankar.
Jet contrails on September 23 over Stittsville. Photo by B.R. Ravishankar.

This is quite unusual, at least to me, since I believe no two planes are allowed to cross paths at the same time even at different elevations. I was curious about whether the media is aware of plane(s) being escorted by NORAD or Canadian airforce jets.


If you know what these planes were up to, leave a comment below or email us at


Photo of the week: Stittsville storm clouds

Storm clouds over Stittsville, by B. R. Ravishankar

Storm clouds over Stittsville, by B. R. Ravishankar


Stittsville resident B. R. Ravishankar snapped this dramatic photo of clouds over Stittsville on Friday, September 5.  The violent storm brought heavy winds and rain and caused several power outages in the area.

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