To help people make informed decisions when engaging in outdoor activities, including for safe physical distancing, we have installed counters at various places in our network to get information about the number of people using NCC sites. 

As we work to add counters to other sites, our team will update this information weekly.

April 26 to May 2, 2021


The NCC offers parkways for active users in Ottawa.

Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway: 8 am to 4 pm (weekend)
We counted an average of 2,191 visits per day.

Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway: 8 am to 4 pm (weekend)
We counted an average of 1,537 visits per day.

Queen Elizabeth Driveway: 9 am to 5 pm (weekend)*
We counted an average of 5,065 visits per day.

*Moving to 8 am to 8 pm, seven days a week, from May 3 to June 30.

Gatineau Park

Parking lot P3 was the most frequented starting point.

To discover other starting points, visit the parking lot summer schedule webpage.

Champlain, Gatineau and Fortune Lake parkways are open to motor vehicle traffic on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 pm to 30 minutes before curfew. These parkways are otherwise open exclusively to active use as part of a pilot project.

Gatineau Park parkways schedule and additional information


For the best experience, visit the Greenbelt during the week, or go to the areas where there are fewer people.

Please note that Greenbelt parking lots have been at capacity this season.

Most crowded parking lots 

  • P22 (Mer Bleue sector)
  • P1 (Shirleys Bay)
  • P12 (Bruce Pit)
  • P17 (Conroy Pit)