About the project

The NCC began public access improvements in this area in fall 2016, with the following objectives:

  • Provide universally accessible routes via new pathways for all users.
  • Provide docking access at Richmond Landing from the Ottawa River.
  • Improve habitat.
  • Improve illumination in the area.
  • Develop viewpoints.

Phase 1 of the project, which was completed in 2018, included the installation of a new dock providing universal public access, while creating better connectivity with the Royal Canadian Navy Monument.

Phase 2 of the project, which was completed in 2020, provided further enhancements to the area. Work included the following:

  • the removal of existing concrete stairs, landings and retaining walls
  • the creation of a universally accessible pathway system from the Portage–Wellington intersection, along with seating areas and lookouts with scenic views over Richmond Landing and the Ottawa River
  • the installation of new lighting fixtures
  • the planting of thousands of trees and shrubs, helping to beautify and create habitat in the park

As part of the larger Portage Bridge corridor, the improvements to Richmond Landing offer further enhancements to prior NCC works in the area. These have included updates to the Portage Bridge cycling infrastructure and reconstruction on the Voyageurs Pathway.