To help people make informed decisions when engaging in outdoor activities, 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.

July 12 to July 18, 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 1,850 visits per day.

Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway: 8 am to 4 pm (weekend)
We counted an average of 1,300 visits per day.

Colonel By Drive: At all times
We counted an average of 1,543 visits per day.

Gatineau Park

For the period of July 12th to July 18th, the Gatineau Park parkways were busy all day. During the week, peak hours were generally between 10 am and noon, and 4 pm and 8 pm. On weekends, the parkways’ peak hours were generally between 8 am and noon.

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 after sunset. 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 

  • Mer Bleue: P20, P21, P22, P23
  • Shirleys Bay: P1, P3
  • Stony Swamp: P5, P9, P10, P11
  • Pine Grove: P18