Many electrical systems (lights, kiosks, etc.) across NCC sites are past their useful life. This project aims to replace or repair these systems along the Rideau Canal.

This project is a partnership with the City of Ottawa, which is responsible for the maintenance and replacement of the street lighting systems on parkways.

About the project 

This rehabilitation project focuses on the pathway and road lighting on both sides of the Rideau Canal: Colonel By Drive and Queen Elizabeth Driveway. The work area stretches from Heron Street, near Hog’s Back Park, to Mackenzie King Bridge, near Confederation Park.

The project’s goals are to repair or replace all outdated and broken pathway and parkway lights. This includes light heads, arms and bases. We will also replace and upgrade underground conduits and infrastructure.

As part of this project, we will:

  • Respect the historical character of the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Install new energy-efficient lamps, consistent with the NCC’s 2017 Capital Illumination Plan.
  • Improve safety and comfort by reorganizing the street and pathway lighting spacing.


Implementation: Summer 2023

Project completion: 2025