The Champlain Bridge parking lot, an aging key parking area which partially collapsed after the 2017 flood, will be moved, rehabilitated and made more resilient.

This major infrastructure project is the first to be implemented in the creation of a riverfront park on the south shore of the Ottawa River.

Long-term vision

  • Parking lot relocation
  • Flood protection
  • Pathway segregation and new connection
  • Animation/placemaking
  • Shoreline attractions
  • Habitat improvements
  • View enhancement

Project Implementation

Phase 1: July to Fall 2019

  • Work will take place inside the park area between 7 am and 5 pm on weekdays. No work is planned on weekends at this time.
  • The parking lot will be relocated away from the river and raised out of the 100-year flood plain. The new parking lot location was selected after extensive analysis and site planning, aimed at minimizing tree loss, while also allowing for enhanced public amenities and natural habitat.
  • The NCC will be planting 31 new trees and 1,400 shrubs, helping to beautify and create habitat in the park.

Full detours for cyclists and pedestrians will be in place, as needed, throughout the project. Signage will be on-site to inform users about the work.

Advisory - Champlain Node: Parking Lot Relocation

Upcoming Phases: TBD

  • Shoreline works
  • Pathway segregation and new connection
  • Animation/placemaking
  • Shoreline attractions
  • Habitat improvements
  • View enhancement

This project is part of the NCC's major infrastructure projects made possible with the Government of Canada's $55-million investment from the 2018 federal budget.

Ottawa River South Shore Riverfront Park

The creation of a continuous riverfront park that reconnects people with the Ottawa River.