News Release

Published on January, 13, 2021

Following the new measures announced yesterday by the Ontario government, the NCC today announced that its outdoor assets will remain open for exercise and local use.

The NCC understands the importance for people to get outdoors to exercise during the pandemic. That said, consistent with public health directives, we ask that residents utilize those NCC assets closest to their homes. We have greatly expanded our winter offering this year, and there are plenty of winter trails to explore in all parts of the National Capital Region.

In consultation with public health authorities, the NCC is also proceeding with preparations for the safe opening of the Rideau Canal Skateway. As its purpose will be to provide space for exercise only, food and beverage concession stands, rentals, and fire pits will be closed. The NCC will add sanitization stands as well as bi-directional staircases, where possible. We will also be asking all users to wear masks while on the Skateway.

To help create additional outdoor space for those living in more densely populated areas of the Capital, the NCC will be opening a section of the Queen Elizabeth Driveway for active use only, 7 days a week, from 9 am to 5 pm. Information pertaining to timing and sections will be announced shortly.

Due to the provincial public health guidelines, the NCC Bistro at Remic Rapids Park will not open during the state of emergency.

We are also counting on the cooperation of users to comply with the newly issued provincial measures as well as those we have all practised for many months: frequent hand washing, maintaining a safe distance from others, and wearing a mask when physical distancing is not possible to maintain.

Due to the NCC’s limited enforcement capacity, we count on everyone’s compliance to ensure safe public access.

Media Information:

Valérie Dufour
NCC Media Relations
613-797-0279 (cellular)

Dominique Huras
NCC Media Relations
613-286-0886 (cellular)