Confederation Boulevard

In 2067, an expanded Confederation Boulevard will connect the core area on both sides of the Ottawa River and serve as the formal processional way for royal and state visits. Confederation Boulevard encircles the heart of the Capital, connecting Ottawa and Gatineau, and providing access to the islands. It is also a discovery route for the magnificent features and cultural landscapes of the core area.

Key policy directions for the next 50 years

  1. The NCC will work with the municipalities to create seven symbolic nodes at key intersections along an expanded Confederation Boulevard. They will provide opportunities for commemoration or public art, improved pedestrian experience and better placemaking.
  2. The NCC will complete a renewal of Confederation Boulevard to ensure that it presents a lively, exciting, inclusive and meaningful place for discovering Canada, Canadians and the Capital. This will include an extension of Confederation Boulevard west of the Portage Bridge to connect the Canadian War Museum and LeBreton Flats, and across to Gatineau over the Chaudières Bridge.
  3. The NCC will work with the municipalities to enhance the streets at the edges of Confederation Boulevard—such as Elgin Street, Rideau Street, Sparks Street, Alexandre-Taché Boulevard, Laurier Street and Boulevard des Allumettières—which act as backdrops and principal connectors to Confederation Boulevard. As such, they must reciprocate the quality of design and possibly mirror some of the major urban design features that confer the unmistakable signature of the Capital.
  4. As the NCC and the municipalities work to renew Confederation Boulevard, they will focus on enhancing the pedestrian and cycling experience, as well as the amenities in and around federal sites. Wherever possible, the NCC, in partnership with the municipalities, will improve the connectivity of Confederation Boulevard to the broader cycling network.