The NCC plans to build a pathway through LeBreton Flats in 2021. It will connect the Capital Pathway along the Ottawa River to the Pimisi and Bayview O-Train stations at LeBreton Flats. The creation of this pathway is part of the new LeBreton Flats Master Concept Plan, which was approved in 2020. Specifically, it is the first element of the plan’s Mobility, and Parks and Public Realm strategies that will be implemented.

The latest on the project

The construction of the new pathway began in early August 2021, and will continue over the summer and fall. The pathway is expected to be open to users in late fall 2021. The new pathway will connect the Capital Pathway along the Ottawa River to the Pimisi and Bayview O-Train stations at LeBreton Flats.

The work to be undertaken includes the following:

  • installation of construction fencing, and demolition and removal of materials
  • grading and drainage work, as well as paving for the new pathway
  • extensive landscaping work, including planting 21 new trees, installing planting beds and seeding with native and naturalized species
  • installation of wood fencing along sections of the pathway
  • installation of seating areas and lighting, as well as restoration of the guardrail along the aqueduct

The NCC gathered feedback on the pathway project during a public consultation held from December 2020 to February 2021. All the feedback, along with responses to comments, are summarized in the consultation report.

About the project

Design Concept

The universally accessible pathway will feature two segments totalling approximately one kilometre.


Segment 1

A segregated cycling and walking path connecting from the plaza on the lower level of the Pimisi Station to the Capital Pathway along the Ottawa River.

This segment will run along a historic aqueduct and through the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway underpass. It will reuse part of the former Transitway road. A landscaped median will separate the paved bikeway and pedway.


Slow Zone

An area with places to sit, rest and take in the view of the heritage aqueduct, west of the Pimisi Station plaza.

Its design will encourage users such as cyclists to slow down as they approach the LRT station plaza, where all users mix. The NCC is considering future uses and programming for the slow zone area, such as concession vendors, small events or other uses.


Segment 2

A four-metre-wide paved multi-use pathway connecting the Pimisi Station plaza to the Trillium Pathway and Bayview Station.

The pathway will run along the north side of the O-Train Confederation Line (LRT) corridor. It will follow the alignment of the current footpath.


Timeline

  • Online consultation period: January 22 to February 14, 2021
  • Design approval: Spring 2021
  • Construction period: Summer–fall 2021
  • Open to the public: Late fall 2021

About the site

The pathway will connect through the future Parks District of LeBreton Flats. It will provide access to the future Capital park, active park and urban playground areas in the Parks and Public Realm Strategy of the LeBreton Flats Master Concept Plan.

The existing and surrounding area is a brownfield site which contains contaminated soils, including a former municipal landfill. As part of the pathway construction, soils will be replaced in the slow zone to remediate that area.

Remediation of the remaining soils will be undertaken when the area is developed to its ultimate use, with new parks and public realm surrounding the pathways. Until that time, fencing and landscaping will be used to keep people on the pathway.

During the 2021 winter season, Segment 2 of the future pathway alignment will be groomed as part of the SJAM winter trail as a pilot project. Future approaches to winter maintenance will be determined based on public consultation and the 2021 pilot project.