The NCC is currently planning for the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Park. This includes defining the long-term vision that will guide the conservation, enhancement and sustainable management of this riverfront park.

This park lands surrounds the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway along the shore of the majestic Ottawa River — a federally designated Canadian Heritage River. The area is a wonderful scenic place to appreciate the beauty of natural heritage, cultural landscapes and national institutions.

The NCC is the steward of federal lands in the National Capital Region. As such, it is responsible for protecting and preserving public places for all Canadians. This plan for the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Park will enhance access to the river and animate key public spaces within the park.

About the plan

The park plan focuses on a 13-kilometre stretch of federal land in Ottawa along the Ottawa River. From west to east, the area extends from Rideau Hall at Princess Avenue to the end of the parkway at St. Joseph Boulevard. It includes the parkway, pathways, trails, national cultural institutions and green spaces.

The goals of the plan:

  • Promote and protect a healthy natural environment.
  • Foster safe and continuous access to the park and the river.
  • Celebrate the heritage, culture and diversity of the riverfront corridor.
  • Create and promote diverse, balanced and engaging park experiences.

Public Consultation

This process includes engagement with the public, Kitigan Zibi and Pikwakanagan Anishinabeg First Nations, a Public Advisory Committee, and other stakeholders at key milestones in the planning process.

In December 2021, the NCC held a public consultation on a vision for the park and suggestions on planning opportunities, as well as information about the challenges facing the park area. The input has informed the plan’s draft vision and preliminary concepts.

The second round of public and stakeholder engagement is planned in Fall 2022 and finish in early Winter 2023. It will focus on preliminary concepts and goals for the park plan.

The NCC will complete the plan by summer 2024.

Process and Timeline

Phase 1 (Completed)

  • Vision and guiding principles
  • Online public consultation: Fall 2021

Phase 2

  • Concept and goals
  • Stakeholder consultations: Fall 2022
  • Public consultations: Winter 2023

Phase 3

  • Policies and sector plans
  • Public and stakeholder consultations: Fall 2023

Phase 4

  • Draft plan
  • Public consultation: Spring 2024

Phase 5

  • Plan approval: Summer 2024