Wednesday, June 8, 2022 12:00 am until further notice

Public Advisory

June 6, 2022

National Capital Region – The National Capital Commission (NCC) and federal partners will begin work on numerous projects along the Ottawa River Pathway starting on June 8, 2022. Undertaking this work will require the closure of sections of the Ottawa River Pathway behind Parliament Hill, from June 2022 to fall 2023.

Clear signage, including detour signs, will be installed for pathway users, who will be redirected to Wellington Street and Laurier Avenue.

Information about the affected pathway sections and closure dates is provided below.

Map illustrating the closures on the Ottawa River Pathway behind Library and Archives Canada and the Supreme Court. Two detours are shown on the map : one via Wellington Street on a shared pathway and another one via Bay Street and Laurier Street to the Rideau Canal on a reserved bicycle lane.
Closure Map


West section: Portage Bridge to Cliff heating and cooling plant (June to fall 2022)

Part of PSPC’s Energy Services Acquisition Program (ESAP) to modernize energy systems, this project will involve the closure of the Ottawa River Pathway from Portage Bridge to the Cliff heating and cooling plant, from June to the fall of 2022.

Centre west section: Supreme Court escarpment (June 2022 to winter 2023)

PSPC will be working to stabilize the escarpment behind the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as remove the tunnel on the pathway. This work will require the closure of a section of the Ottawa River Pathway behind the Supreme Court from June 2022 to winter 2023, with the escarpment project taking place from October 2022 to winter 2023.

East section: Parliament Hill escarpment (spring 2023)

The NCC is currently in the process of planning for the rehabilitation of the escarpment directly behind Parliament Hill, immediately next to the Ottawa River Pathway, as flooding in 2019 significantly damaged the toe of the escarpment. The Ottawa River Pathway behind Parliament Hill, from the Rideau Canal to the Pitt parking lot (just east of the Supreme Court of Canada), will remain open open until the project gets underway in spring 2023.

Detours (June to September 2022)

A detour will be in place along the Capital Pathway, beginning west of the Portage Bridge. This detour will take users past the Mill Street Brew Pub, to cross under the Portage Bridge, near the Royal Canadian Navy Monument and continue on the sidewalk on the north side of Wellington Street, where there will be cycling and pedestrian routes going west and east.

A connection down to the Ottawa River from Wellington Street will be in place to the west of Parliament Hill, which will take users to the Ottawa Locks at the entrance to the Rideau Canal.

Active users may opt to use the City of Ottawa segregated bidirectional cycling infrastructure along Bay Street and Laurier Avenue West.


Media Information:
Dominique Huras
NCC Media Relations
613-286-0886
Dominique.huras@ncc-ccn.ca