Many elements of Confederation Boulevard have reached the end of their life cycle. The NCC is upgrading elements such as pavers, tree pits and tree species to create a welcoming pedestrian-scale promenade along Confederation Boulevard.

About the project 

The work will be undertaken in the section of Confederation Boulevard between St. Patrick Street and the Fairmont Château Laurier.

The work will include:

  • removal of existing trees and stumps, as well as roots and tree grates
  • installation of new pavers
  • installation of planters
  • planting of 26 trees in planters
  • planting of perennials in planters

Process and timeline 

Spring 2022 to early 2023

  • removal of trees that are either dead or in poor health
  • replacement of the sidewalk surface
  • upgrades to the tree well design, to ensure an adequate volume of growing medium and minimize damage to trees resulting from winter operations

About Confederation Boulevard

Confederation Boulevard is the Capital’s ceremonial and discovery route, which encircles the downtown areas of Ottawa and Gatineau. It is the route that foreign dignitaries and the royal family take for processions and state visits.

As this was one of the first sections of Confederation Boulevard to be developed, much of the original material and design choices, such as the use of granite pavers, have since been improved in other parts of the boulevard.


This project is part of the NCC’s major infrastructure projects made possible with the Government of Canada’s $52.4-million investment from the 2020 federal budget.