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Richmond's Canal Walk

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After what appeared to be a dead end, you pass through the building somewhat to continue the walk.  This is the only part of the Canal Walk that is semi-protected from the elements.  The rest is fully open-air.

After what appeared to be a dead end, you pass through the building somewhat to continue the walk.  This is the only part of the Canal Walk that is semi-protected from the elements.  The rest is fully open-air.



At this point, the Canal Walk becomes less retro, and becomes more functional, as more modernist fittings, such as the lower of the two bridges in the picture above, replace the more retro-style footbridges of previously.

At this point, the Canal Walk becomes less retro, and becomes more functional, as more modernist fittings, such as the lower of the two bridges in the picture above, replace the more retro-style footbridges of previously.




Completing phase two, we enter into the much more open and bright third phase, with a spectacular view of the high-rises in the distance.  As a progress indicator, we've covered a lot of ground, with only the Civil War Center, 7th Street, and Belle Isle still ahead of us.

Completing phase two, we enter into the much more open and bright third phase, with a spectacular view of the high-rises in the distance.  As a progress indicator, we’ve covered a lot of ground, with only the Civil War Center, 7th Street, and Belle Isle still ahead of us.


In addition to the openness, the retro look returns.

In addition to the openness, the retro look returns.






Isn't the water just gorgeous?

Isn’t the water just gorgeous?



At this point, to meet the bridge, the Canal Walk path goes up a number of stairs.  The bridge takes you to Brown's Island, which we'll meet up with later.

At this point, to meet the bridge, the Canal Walk path goes up a number of stairs.  The bridge takes you to Brown’s Island, which we’ll meet up with later.


In view of the bridge, we find a few prominent players in the Richmond skyline as seen from the Canal Walk.  The Federal Reserve building above is the tallest by far, and then the Riverfront Twin Towers below are also very prominent.

In view of the bridge, we find a few prominent players in the Richmond skyline as seen from the Canal Walk.  The Federal Reserve building above is the tallest by far, and then the Riverfront Twin Towers below are also very prominent.

In view of the bridge, we find a few prominent players in the Richmond skyline as seen from the Canal Walk.  The Federal Reserve building above is the tallest by far, and then the Riverfront Twin Towers below are also very prominent.






The bridges in the background of this picture take automobile and railroad traffic across the James River, to parts further south.

The bridges in the background of this picture take automobile and railroad traffic across the James River, to parts further south.




This picture is by far my favorite in the entire bunch, with the Dominion building in the background, with the bridge passing across the canal to it.

This picture is by far my favorite in the entire bunch, with the Dominion building in the background, with the bridge passing across the canal to it.


In the background of this image, we find the bridge to Belle Isle.  Traffic takes the top level, as seen in this photograph, while pedestrians take a footbridge slung halfway between the ground and the highway above.

In the background of this image, we find the bridge to Belle Isle.  Traffic takes the top level, as seen in this photograph, while pedestrians take a footbridge slung halfway between the ground and the highway above.



This point officially marks the furthest point of the Canal Walk.  From here, the canal connects back with the river, and we prepare to cross the bridge ahead, and head back towards the Triple Crossing.

This point officially marks the furthest point of the Canal Walk.  From here, the canal connects back with the river, and we prepare to cross the bridge ahead, and head back towards the Triple Crossing.


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