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Greater Napanee At Night: A Photo Series

A stone bridge with arches at night, with a starry sky in the background.

NIGHTTIME IN NAPANEE

There’s no shortage of history and great architecture to be found in Greater Napanee! Photographer Justin Anderson took some nighttime snapshots of a few historic sites and striking streetscapes around town.

SPRINGSIDE PARK

A stone bridge with arches at night, with a starry sky in the background.

You can’t help but admire this old train bridge at Springside Park in Greater Napanee. The G.T.R Bridge is composed of four stone arch spans that go over Camden Road, four plate girder spans that go over Dundas Street and the river, and finally four stone arch spans. The piers under the stone arch spans appear to have been altered years ago by the addition of concrete. The plate girder spans may be newer than the stone arch spans, but it is not known if this is the case… Regardless, it’s impressive!

SAME BRIDGE, DIFFERENT VIEW

Aerial view of a stone bridge with arches at night, with a starry sky in the background and city lights.

On night two of shooting photography, I wanted to see if I could get a moving train photo from the drone. This photo was shot in three exposures, edited in HDR. I love that you see the falls and the courthouse in the distance. I know I’m gonna have to visit this location again for a sunset photo, you can count on that!

NAPANEE COURTHOUSE

A large white courthouse on a dark evening with a starry sky.

This building really stands out at night. Originally built in 1863 and since restored, this well-proportioned majestic structure was designed by Kingston architect John Power and constructed by John Forin of Belleville. The square lantern tower mounted at the centre of the roof (you can see the light in the photo) is a distinctive landmark on Greater Napanee’s horizon.

NAPANEE RIVER, SPRINGSIDE PARK

A long exposure of a river flowing, glowing with lights from the city, and a paved path alongside it.

You wanna see impressive? The spring time or after a significant rainfall this cascade is next-level awesome. This is a long, gentle cascade about 30 to 40 metres long and 10 metres wide near the mouth of the Napanee River. The falls is comprised of multiple little steps over thinly bedded limestone, giving the illusion of a long, gentle staircase. Likely as a check on erosion, parts of the waterfall have been edged by a concrete wall and concrete riprap. By the way, I shot this photo with a four-second shutter speed!

TOWN HALL

A black and white photo of a white building, Napanee Town Hall, with tall pillars and the front steps leading to the building.

Greater Napanee’s Town Hall is a National Historic Site of Canada, designated in 1984. It is a striking mid-19th-century town hall, built in the (rare) Greek Revival style. I love the imposing, columned portico; the columns were added in 1928. When scouting photo locations, this building was on the top of the list for me. It’s a stunning building!

THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN

A dark street intersection at night, with bright street lights.

Looking down Dundas Street (east) at the corner of Centre Street E/HWY 41. This was the first photo I took in the this series. Downtown was always going to be the focus for me. For me it’s the heart of Greater Napanee and its history and charm are like a magnet. I was careful to stand in the middle of the street to get this photo.

The car you see in the distance was Napanee O.P.P. I gave them a heads up that I’d be doing some night photography very very late at night and I’d be flying a drone! They appreciated the call and were very friendly.

THE LOAF N’ ALE PUB

A row of businesses with red-brick building above.

The Loaf N’ Ale is a fantastic British pub. Their wings are amazing—and I’d also recommend the Surf N Turf! When walking downtown my eye was drawn to this composition with the old buildings and even the trash on the roadside (hey… no one told me this was garbage day!). What can I say… I like the photo!


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Bay of Quinte Region is an alliance of interdependent communities, bound together by a common history, shared economy, and the water that surrounds and defines us. We hope to welcome you soon.