NCC Opens Parkway for Weekend Recreational Use to September 7

Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 08:00 to Monday, September 7, 2020 - 16:00

Good news for cyclists, runners and pedestrians of all ages!

On Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 4pm until September 7, the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway will be closed to motor vehicles between the Aviation Parkway and St. Joseph Boulevard.

The weekend closures began in May as a pilot project by the National Capital Commission (NCC) to provide local residents with a greater opportunity to get outdoors and exercise while practising safe physical distancing.

In response to its initial success, the project was first extended to June 28. This week, the NCC announced a further extension of the weekend Parkway closures to September 7.

The NCC encourages those taking advantage of the Parkway closures to get there on foot or by bike. (The Blair Road Boat Launch and parking lot remain closed until further notice.)

All users should follow basic safety rules:

  • Slower traffic keeps to the right
  • Faster traffic passes on the left
  • Ring bell or call out when passing

Residents of all ages have been enjoying this car-free opportunity, which we are pleased to see extended throughout the summer.

If you access the closed Parkway for recreation, the NCC welcomes your feedback!

For more information visit the project page on the NCC website.