Ottawa River South Shore Riverfront Park Plan

The NCC’s vision is to reconnect people with the historic Ottawa River by increasing accessibility to its shorelines. Reimagining the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway corridor as a signature riverfront park will help us to make this vision a reality.

Canada’s Capital sits at the confluence of the Ottawa, Gatineau and Rideau rivers. The Ottawa River South Shore Riverfront Park Plan will stretch over 9 kilometres of parkland along the Ottawa River, between LeBreton Flats in the east and Mud Lake to the west.

Following public consultation on the draft plan, the project team will present the final draft plan to the NCC Board of Directors for approval in 2018.

Highlights of the draft plan

  • Creation of more shoreline park space
  • Seven activity nodes throughout the riverfront park, with varied recreational opportunities
  • Improved public access to the river
  • Public amenities (i.e. public washroom facilities, water fountains, seating and lookouts, bicycle parking, and food and beverage services)
  • New and enhanced river views
  • Enhanced connectivity between the shoreline and communities
  • Safer, segregated cycling and walking paths
  • Protection and enhancement of natural aquatic and terrestrial habitats
  • Celebration of the area and the river heritage
  • Creation and enhancement of views and vistas
  • Replacement of invasive plants with native vegetation
  • Year-round recreational activities and public amenities

Public engagement

The development of the park plan has been informed by public and stakeholder input, via workshops and public consultations. We consulted the public, as follows:

  • Public consultations on proposed concepts (2014 and 2015)
  • In-person consultation (March 23, 2016)
  • Online survey (March 23 to April 13, 2016)
  • Telephone survey of west Ottawa residents who regularly use the parkway (March 16 to April 1, 2016)
Ottawa River South Shore Riverfront Park Plan

Reimagining the Parkway

Ottawa River South Shore Riverfront Park Plan

Launch the Interactive Map