News Release

Published on February 19, 2021

With the National Capital Region returning to “Orange” zones in both Ontario and Quebec and with milder weather in the forecast, the NCC is asking for the public’s cooperation in ensuring that its winter recreational assets continue to be used safely by all.

To that end, we encourage people to consider using popular NCC sites such as the Rideau Canal Skateway and the Chelsea sector of Gatineau Park during off-peak periods. Weekends from 1 pm to 5 pm are the busiest and, if possible, should be avoided in order to prevent crowding and help ensure safe physical distancing.

Dispersing use throughout the NCC’s vast winter activity network and at all times of the day is the best way to ensure that all of our recreational assets can be used safely and remain open. To support this goal, the NCC is now providing numbers at NCC sites and tips for our most popular properties, updated weekly. We also have an interactive map on our website that can suggest more winter trails and pathways to discover.

We are also encouraging people to follow their local public health directives and, when using NCC assets, to do the following:

  • Stay at least 2 m (6 ft) apart from those outside your household.
  • Wear a mask while on the Rideau Canal Skateway and indoors.
  • Wash your hands regularly, or use hand sanitizer.
  • Respect the capacity limits posted in washroom facilities.


In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NCC has increased its winter offerings throughout the National Capital Region. From the Greenbelt to Gatineau Park, and through increased funding to the Urban Winter Trails Alliance, there are more than 450 km of winter trails on offer.

Media information:

Dominique Huras
NCC Media Relations
613-286-0886 (cellular)
dominique.huras@ncc-ccn.ca

Maryam El-Akhrass
NCC Media Relations
343-551-6149 (cellular)
maryam.el-akhrass@ncc-ccn.ca