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Curious to see what the National Capital Commission does? Come get a behind-the-scenes peek into our day-to-day activities and projects throughout the National Capital Region.

On Saturday, September 10, 2022, our experts will host walking and cycling tours, kiosks and presentations at many sites across the Capital Region. Come and meet us!

Sites and activities

Floral program walking tour

Wheelchair-accessible outdoor walking tour. This activity is best suited for teens and adults.

You may know about tulips in the Capital, but did you know that the National Capital Region has a blooming floral program? We plant everything from spring bulbs and summer annuals to all-season perennials on federal parklands.

Join our landscape architects for a glimpse behind the scenes. Discover how we maintain the reputation of a world-class floral display, and learn more about the history of our floral program.

Hours

  • 10:30 am to 11 am: English session
  • 11:30 am to noon: French session
  • 1 pm to 1:30 pm: French session
  • 2 pm to 2:30 pm: English session

Meeting point

By the paved trailhead in Commissioners Park, across from the Dows Lake Pavilion.

The site is accessible by car, active mobility and public transportation. Paid public parking is available across from the Dows Lake Pavilion at the corner of Preston Street and the Queen Elizabeth Driveway.

Good to know

There are indoor washrooms and drinking fountains at the Dows Lake Pavilion. Picnic tables are available on-site. Bring your own water bottle.

Bike tour

Open NCC bike tour itinerary starting at 40 Elgin Street. Stops include Parliament Hill, Cliff Plant, Pangishimo Park and Chaudières Falls. Route crosses Chaudière Bridge and continues to the Quebec side with stops at the Capital Pathway and the Canadian Museum of History. Route ends at Major's Hill Park in Ontario, accessible by crossing the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge.

Outdoor cycling tour. The tour is not wheelchair-accessible. This activity is best suited for people over 16 years of age. This tour will take place primarily on paved off-road pathways, at a leisurely pace appropriate for novice cyclists.

What we know today as Confederation Boulevard is the expression of a bold idea which was championed by many through the decades. Explore the Capital’s ceremonial and discovery route by bike, and see some of the nation’s most important sites and institutions.

Our experts will guide you through the boulevard’s key components, and tell you about the plans for the future.

    Hours

    • 9:30 am to 10:30 am: English session - FULL
    • 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm: French session

    Meeting point

    In the lobby at NCC headquarters, 40 Elgin Street, Ottawa K1P 5C6.

    This site is accessible by car, active mobility and public transportation. There is free street parking nearby, as well as paid parking at the National Arts Centre, at City Hall and in nearby municipal lots. Unsupervised bicycle racks are available on the streets.

    Good to know

    Bring your own bicycle, helmet and water bottle. There are public washrooms at Major’s Hill Park and Confederation Park, where the tour ends.

    Come join NCC biologists to learn about the work we do in Gatineau Park to protect species at risk and manage invasive species on the land. Bonus: You’ll get a chance to visit the bat dormitories. Also get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at a conservation officer’s day. These field experts manage wildlife, respond to natural emergencies, and tackle search and rescue operations. While you’re there, drop by our NCC volunteer kiosk to find out how you can get involved in our programs.

    Biology walking tour

    Outdoor walking tour partially accessible to wheelchair users. Because of the slight elevation gain on the Sugarbush Trail and the nature of the bat dormitories (barn), wheelchair users may need some assistance. This activity is best suited for people over 12 years of age.

    Hours

    • 9:30 am to 10:30 am: English session - FULL
    • 11 am to noon: French session
    • 1 pm to 2 pm: English session
    • 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm: French session

    Conservation officer’s presentation

    Wheelchair-accessible outdoor presentation. This activity is family-friendly.

    Hours

    • 10:45 am to 11:15 am: English session
    • 11:30 am to noon: French session
    • 1:30 pm to 2 pm English session
    • 2:45 pm to 3:15 pm: French session

    Volunteer programs kiosk

    Wheelchair-accessible outdoor kiosk. This activity is family-friendly.

    Hours

    Drop in anytime between 9 am and 11 am or noon and 2 pm (bilingual activity). No registration needed.


    Meeting point for all activities

    By the Sugarbush Shelter, steps away from the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre, located at 33 Scott Road, Chelsea, Quebec J9B 1R5.

    There is free parking for cars and bikes by the meeting point. The site is accessible by public transit.

    Good to know

    There are indoor washrooms and a drinking fountain at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre. Accessible picnic tables are available on-site. Bring your own water bottle.

    Jacques-Cartier Park offers breathtaking views of the Ottawa River and Rideau Falls. From there, you can see our work on one of the most spectacular lookouts in the National Capital Region: Nepean Point. Learn more about this exciting project and how we are working toward reconciliation with our Indigenous partners by including their perspectives on projects like the redevelopment of Nepean Point.

      Nepean Point presentation

      Wheelchair-accessible outdoor presentation, with seating. Because of a slope, wheelchair users may need some assistance to access an optional viewpoint at Nepean Point. This activity is best suited for people over 12 years of age.

      Hours

      • 10:30 am to 11 am: English session
      • 11:30 am to noon: French session
      • 1:30 pm to 2 pm: English session
      • 2:30 pm to 3 pm: French session

      Language, culture and reconciliation

      Wheelchair-accessible outdoor presentation, with seating. This activity is family-friendly.

      Hours

      Drop in anytime between 10 am and noon or 1 pm and 3 pm (bilingual activity). No registration needed.


      Meeting point for all activities

      At the Charron House, located at 164 Laurier Street, Gatineau, Quebec J8X 3W1.

      The park offers several options for two-hour free parking at the Charron House or Maison du vélo, as well as in the northern part of the park. There are also paid parking spaces at 210 Laurier Street and the Hull Marina.

      Good to know

      There are universally accessible washroom facilities at the meeting point. Bring your own water bottle.

      Building LeBreton walking tour

      Wheelchair-accessible outdoor walking tour. This activity is best suited for teens and adults.

      LeBreton Flats is one of the most exciting redevelopment projects in Canada. Through this project, the NCC is transforming a 29-hectare site into a landmark destination and community filled with parks and amenities. Come explore the flats, and meet our experts to learn about the rich history of this site and plans for the future.

        Hours

        • 10 am to 10:30 am: English session - FULL
        • 11 am to 11:30 am: French session - FULL
        • 12:30 pm to 1 pm: English session - FULL
        • 1:30 pm to 2 pm: French session

        Meeting point

        Outside Pimisi Station (Booth Street, Ottawa K1R 7V9), lower level.

        The site is accessible by car, active mobility and public transportation. There is free parking on neighbouring streets and paid parking at the Canadian War Museum, a little over 500 metres from the meeting point.

        Good to know

        There are no washrooms or water fountains on-site, but there are universally accessible washroom facilities at the Canadian War Museum. Bring your own water bottle.

        Bog walking tour

        Partially accessible walking tour. The trail is a mostly flat wooden boardwalk, with a hill at the end of the trail which may not be suitable for all mobility devices. This activity is family-friendly.

        Feeling bogged down? Join our environmental officer for a special presentation on Ottawa’s own internationally significant wetland and hub for climate research in North America: Mer Bleue Bog. As the most accessible peat bog in eastern Ontario, Mer Bleue is a true gem of the National Capital Region.

        Hours

        • 10 am to 10:45 am: French session
        • 11:15 am to noon: English session - FULL
        • 1 pm to 1:45 pm: French session
        • 2:15 pm to 3 pm: English session

        Meeting point

        By the covered picnic area next to the Mer Bleue Bog trailhead, 130 metres from parking lot P22.

        This site is accessible by car. There is free parking on-site.

        Good to know

        There is a gender-neutral outhouse and sheltered picnic area with universally accessible picnic tables on-site. There is no water on-site. Bring your own water bottle.

        Come meet our experts right at our headquarters, in downtown Ottawa! Our geomatics team will show you how they support our various projects with cartography, land surveying and 3-D modelling. Our planning team will tell you all about our plans for the Capital, including exciting highlights of our vision for the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Riverfront Park and the core area. While you’re there, drop by our human resources job fair. Who knows? There may be an opening for you!

          Geomatics presentation

          Wheelchair-accessible indoor, seated and roving presentation. This activity is best suited for people over 12 years of age.

          Hours

          • 9:30 am to 10:15 am: English session
          • 10:45 am to 11:30 am: French session
          • 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm: English session
          • 1:45 pm to 2:30 pm: French session

          Capital planning presentation

          Wheelchair-accessible indoor presentation, with seating. This activity is best suited for people over 12 years of age.

          Hours

          • 10 am to 10:30 am: bilingual
          • 11 am to 11:30 am: bilingual - FULL
          • 1 pm to 1:30 pm: bilingual
          • 2 pm to 2:30 pm: bilingual

          Human resources job fair

          Wheelchair-accessible, indoor booth. This activity is best suited for people over 16 years of age.

          Hours

          Drop in anytime between 9:30 am and 11:30 am or 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm (bilingual activity). No registration needed.


          Meeting point for all activities

          In the lobby at NCC headquarters, 40 Elgin Street, Ottawa K1P 5C6.

          This site is accessible by car, active mobility and public transportation. There is free street parking nearby, as well as paid parking at the National Arts Centre, at City Hall and in nearby municipal lots. Unsupervised bicycle racks are available on the streets.

          Good to know

          There are washrooms and drinking fountains on-site.

          Ever wondered how a western section of Ottawa ended up with sand dunes? Come and discover the mystery of the Pinhey Sand Dunes! Learn about the insects that can live only in the sunny, exposed areas of this unique habitat. Our experts also will also tell you about our forest strategy and cleanup efforts in the aftermath of the derecho.

          Join us for an exclusive guided tour of the Pinhey Sand Dunes.

          Forest strategy presentation

          Wheelchair-accessible outdoor presentation. This activity is family-friendly.

          Hours

          • 11 am to 11:30 am: French session
          • Noon to 12:30 : English session
          • 1:30 pm to 2 pm: English session
          • 2:30 pm to 3 pm: French session

          Derecho damage

          Wheelchair-accessible outdoor booth. This activity is family-friendly.

          Hours

          Drop in anytime between 10 am and noon or 1 pm and 3 pm (bilingual activity). No registration needed.

          Dune system presentation - FULL

          Wheelchair-accessible outdoor presentation. This activity is best suited for people over 12 years of age.

          Hours

          • 11 am to noon: English session - FULL

          Insect pollinators presentation

          Wheelchair-accessible outdoor presentation. This activity is best suited for people over 12 years of age.

          Hours

          • 1 pm to 2 pm: French session

          Walking tour

          Outdoor walking tour through the forest and sand dunes. Because of natural obstacles on the trails, such as sand, roots and rocks, this trail is not recommended for wheelchair users. This activity is best suited for people over 12 years of age.

          Hours

          • 9 am to 10 am: French session
          • 10 am to 11 am: English session
          • 2 pm to 3 pm: French session
          • 3 pm to 4 pm: English session - FULL

          Natural resources management presentation

          Wheelchair-accessible outdoor presentation. This activity is best suited for people over 12 years of age.

          Hours

          • 10 am to 11 am: French session
          • 2 pm to 3 pm: English session

          Meeting point for all activities

          By the Pinhey Sand Dunes, Site 3. The site can be accessed through parking lot P15.

          The site is accessible by car. There is free parking at parking lots P14 and P15. Parking at P14 is very limited, and we encourage you to park at P15, unless mobility accommodations are required. You can also park on the wide shoulder of Slack road.

          Good to know

          There are universally accessible washroom facilities on-site and nearby at the Nepean Sportsplex. There is no water on-site. Bring your own water bottle.

          Heritage walking tour

          Wheelchair-accessible outdoor walking tour. This activity is best suited for people over 12 years of age.

          History buffs, this one’s for you! Take a walk with heritage experts along the “Mile of History” and through the Sussex Courtyards. NCC experts will talk about the history of the area, which boasts some of the oldest buildings in the city. They will also tell you about some of our recent initiatives and how we protect the cultural heritage of the National Capital Region.

          Hours

          • 9:30 am to 10:30 am: French session
          • 11 am to noon: English session - FULL
          • 1 pm to 2 pm: English session - FULL
          • 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm: French session

          Meeting point

          At Tin House Court, an alleyway located between Clarence Street and Murray Street, a few steps away from Sussex Drive and Major’s Hill Park.

          This site is accessible by car, active mobility and public transportation. There is paid street parking in the ByWard Market, as well as paid parking at the ByWard parking garage. Unsupervised bicycle racks are available on the streets.

          Good to know

          There are public washrooms at Major’s Hill Park. The site is universally accessible. However, parts of the walking tour are on cobblestone streets, which could be uncomfortable for wheelchair users. Bring your own water bottle.

          Accessibility

          We strive to host inclusive and accessible events for everyone. If you need special accommodations, please contact our client services.