The NCC is launching a three-year planning process for a renewed Sir George-Étienne Cartier riverfront park. This plan is in line with the NCC’s planning priorities of enhancing the shoreline, placemaking and animating the Capital for all users.

The Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway corridor runs along the shore of the majestic Ottawa River — a designated Canadian Heritage River — and is a wonderful place to appreciate the beauty of nature. It offers a great variety of landscapes, from farmers’ fields to limestone cliffs, and connects to our nation’s historical, cultural and political centre.

The area has long been regarded as a signature feature and a key element in the building of the Capital. As steward of federal lands in Canada’s Capital Region, the NCC is responsible for protecting and preserving the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway for all Canadians.

About the plan

This park plan focuses on a 13-kilometre stretch of federal land along the south shore of the Ottawa River, east of the capital core area. This land includes the parkway, pathways, trails and parklands adjacent to abutting neighbourhoods, and extends from Rideau Hall at Princess Avenue at its western extremity to the terminus of the parkway in the Greenbelt at St. Joseph Boulevard at its eastern extremity.

The goals of the plan:

  • Foster a healthy lifestyle, and enhance quality of life in the National Capital Region.
  • Recognize and build on the intrinsic environmental, scenic, recreational and cultural qualities of the Sir George-Étienne Cartier linear park.
  • Acknowledge the public desire for unimpeded and safe access to the river shore for all users during all seasons.
  • Provide a framework for the area’s planning, management and use.
  • Achieve various objectives related to the environment, urban design, recreation and sustainability.
  • Provide the springboard for collaborative investments that could start within the next five years.

Public Consultation

The NCC’s planning process is under way. 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 for this area.

This interactive planning process will include NCC engagement with the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, a Public Advisory Committee, the general public and other stakeholders to collect feedback at each key milestone. The NCC aims to have a completed plan by summer 2024.

Process and Timeline

Phase 1

  • Vision and guiding principles
  • Online public consultation: Fall 2021 (completed)

Phase 2

  • Concept and goals
  • Public consultation: Summer 2022

Phase 3

  • Policies and sector plans
  • Public consultation: Spring 2023

Phase 4

  • Draft plan
  • Public consultation: Spring 2024

Phase 5

  • Plan approval and implementation: Summer 2024