Repairs to pathways and shoreline damaged by flooding

Last update: July 26, 2017 - The NCC will begin major work on its multi-use recreational pathways and shoreline assets that were significantly damaged by the recent flooding.

The heavy currents brought on by high waters over several days resulted in major damage on the Quebec and Ontario shorelines between the Portage Bridge and Alexandra Bridge. Erosion and the presence of sinkholes mean that both of these pathways cannot be safely reopened to the public until repairs and shoreline stabilization measures are completed. The NCC is therefore extending its shoreline stabilization project until spring 2018. The pathways will be rebuilt to a higher standard, as a sustainable solution to protect these valuable assets in the heart of Canada’s Capital in the event of a similar occurrence in the future.

The following pathways will require extensive repairs and will be closed until spring 2018.

  • The Ottawa River Pathway from the big staircase behind Parliament Hill to the Portage Bridge: There is severe shoreline erosion, as well as visible sinkholes.  
  • The Voyageurs Pathway from the Portage Bridge to the Canadian Museum of History: There has been severe shoreline erosion and infrastructure damage, in addition to the formation of sinkholes on this pathway.
  • Gatineau Park’s Lac-des-Fées Pathway: The pathway has been damaged beyond repair. Extensive work will need to be done in order to restore the pathway.

The following recreational assets remain open but will still require repairs.

  • Champlain Bridge parking lot: Localized sinkholes have had an impact on the parking lot. Further geotechnical investigations will be conducted to determine the extent of the damage before repairs to the site begin. The parking lot is partially open.
  • Leamy Lake Park and beach: The site is open and accessible. The electrical system for Leamy Lake’s facilities was severely damaged and will require rehabilitation.

The objectives of these repairs are to:

  • rehabilitate NCC assets to the required safety standards
  • ensure their resilience in the event of future floods
  • extend their life expectancy.

Most of the pathways and assets affected by the floods have already reopened. 

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