Renewing the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Riverfront

Study area outlined in yellow. Image: NCC

February 1, 2022

The NCC is undertaking a 3 year planning process, with public consultation, for a renewed Sir George-Étienne Cartier riverfront park.

The Park Plan focuses on a 13-kilometre stretch of federal land along the south shore of the Ottawa River, which includes the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway from Rideau Hall and Princess Avenue to the west, and the Parkway terminus in the Greenbelt at St. Joseph Boulevard to the east.

The Ottawa River is recognized for its outstanding cultural and historical value in terms of First Nations and Canadian heritage, as well as its environmental value.  The Ottawa River was declared a designated Heritage River by both Ontario and Quebec in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Goals of the Park Plan include:

  • Fostering a healthy lifestyle and enhanced quality of life in the National Capital Region.
  • Recognizing and building on the intrinsic environmental, scenic, recreational and cultural qualities of the Sir George-Étienne Cartier linear park.
  • Acknowledging public desire for unimpeded and safe access to the river shore for all users, during all seasons.
  • Achieving various objectives related to the environment, urban design, recreation and sustainability.

The RHPOA is participating on a Public Advisory Committee (PAC) for this planning process, along with representatives from ten other community groups. 

We welcome comments from local residents about the riverfront and its uses. Please send them to us HERE.

For more information, visit the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Park Plan on the NCC website and see the NCC YouTube video.

The next public consultation is scheduled for Summer 2022. 



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