News release

Published on August 7, 2020

As Canadians look forward to a return to normal times, the National Capital Commission’s (NCC’s) Confederation Park, in the heart of Canada’s Capital, is back to full form and ready to welcome residents and visitors. The park’s jewel, the Colonel By Fountain, has just undergone a significant refurbishment. Infrastructure construction has freed the open field that looks onto the Rideau Canal.

The Colonel By Fountain

Since December 2019, fences closed in a good part of the western section of the park to facilitate the rehabilitation of the Colonel By Fountain, the centerpiece of the park. The Colonel By Fountain, which was dedicated in 1955 as a memorial to Rideau Canal builder Lt.-Col John By, needed significant mechanical and electrical repairs. After almost eight months, the fountain is now rehabilitated.

NCC Bistro in Confederation Park

The public’s rediscovery of the park’s whole 2.63 hectares (6.5 acres) coincides with this season’s opening of the NCC Bistro in Confederation Park. The bistro will open on Saturday, August 8, 2020—convenient timing for people who are eager to take in outdoor social activities in town. Savouring the fare offered up by the NCC Bistros is a way not only to experience an exciting assortment of food and beverages but also to support a local business at a time when that support means more than ever to entrepreneurs and their employees.

The NCC Bistro in Confederation Park is operated by the renowned Le Moulin de Provence restaurant. This is its second year in Confederation Park.

The City of Ottawa’s Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel (CSST)

The eastern section of Confederation Park had been closed due to the building of the City of Ottawa’s CSST, a tunnel network to capture combined sewage overflows that would otherwise end up in the Ottawa River during wet weather.


  • The NCC’s Confederation Park, at the corner of Elgin Street and Laurier Avenue, opened in 1967 as part of Canada’s centennial celebrations. Today, it is a popular feature of Confederation Boulevard, the Capital’s ceremonial and discovery route. It is the celebrated venue of many high-profile cultural and community events.
  • The Colonel By Fountain was one of two that stood in Trafalgar Square in London, England, from 1843 to 1948. It was dedicated to Col. John By’s memory in 1955 and moved to its current location in 1975.
  • The NCC Bistros are a two-year pilot project that offers residents and visitors a unique opportunity to enjoy the beauty of some of the Capital’s outdoor assets, urban parks and shorelines. The NCC Bistros are partnerships with local restaurants. Building on the success of last year’s project, the NCC Bistro in Remic Rapids Park opened for the season on Saturday, June 20.
  • Scheduled to go into operation later this year, the City of Ottawa’s Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel (CSST) will hold up to 43,000 cubic metres of sewer overflow during major rainfalls, the equivalent capacity of approximately 18 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Once rainfall has subsided, this water will be treated and returned safely to the Ottawa River.


“The opening of the NCC Bistro along with the rejuvenation of the Colonel By Fountain means this appealing and storied urban green space is an ideal spot for residents and visitors to enjoy the outdoors or grab a snack in close proximity to some of the main attractions of the Nation’s Capital.”

— Tobi Nussbaum, Chief Executive Officer, National Capital Commission

Media Information:

Corey Larocque
NCC Media Relations
613-286-0886 (cellular) 

Jean Wolff
NCC Media Relations
613-613-797-0279 (cellular)