Rediscover the iconic Rideau Canal and Ottawa River shorelines

Rediscover the iconic Rideau Canal and Ottawa River shorelines
Rediscover the iconic Rideau Canal and Ottawa River shorelines

The Ottawa River and Rideau Canal flow through the heart of Canada’s Capital Region. As historically significant features of the region, these waterways and their shorelines provide important meeting places and scenic views of the region. The National Capital Commission’s (NCC) priority for the shorelines is to optimize public access and improve connectivity to natural and historical features.

Pilot projects for the 2014 summer season along the Rideau Canal

(Back in 2014 for the third and final year as Rideau Canal shoreline pilot projects)

8 Locks’ Flat and Rideau Beach

The beautifully designed red cedar deck and the beach’s popular play area draw both local residents and tourists again and again to stop, relax, dine and savour Canada’s Capital in a new way. 8 Locks’ Flat sits on a historical piece of land whose roots are at the heart of Ottawa’s working history. The name refers to the first flat of land south of the famous eight locks, the northern gateway to the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Location: 191 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa ON K1P1C7

Iceco Ltd. Ice Cream Pushcarts

Four Iceco Ltd. ice cream pushcarts can currently be found in popular locations along the Rideau Canal, between Laurier Avenue and Dows Lake. From mid-June, they operate daily throughout the summer, complementing activities along the Canal.

New on the Ottawa River shorelines this summer

Following the call for proposals for the Ottawa Riverfront Placemaking Initiative, the NCC will proceed with new animation pilot projects this summer.

  • Segway Guided Tours at Leamy Lake Park (pilot project): For the first time this summer, Segway Gatineau invites you to a Segway guided tour of the recreational pathways in Leamy Lake Park, in Gatineau. After a short training session, you will explore the magnificent views while a guide tells you fascinating stories about Canada’s capital region.
  • The Road Less Travelled By: This chalk art project will invite passersby to reflect upon roads taken to this place and how they interpret it. They will be able to complete in the language of their choice unfinished sentences stencilled in many places along the Ottawa River Pathway, west of the Canadian War Museum. POSTPONED TO 2015.
  • SoundWaves: This project is the beginning of an artistic endeavour to bring music to the water’s edge. The proponent has assembled groups of musicians who would like to play music for free on Sunday afternoons, from 1 pm to 4 pm, during the summer season.
  • Iceco Ltd. ice cream carts: Three ice cream carts will roam throughout the summer in popular locations along the Ottawa River. The proponent will offer services up to seven days a week, 8 am to 9 pm, from June 1 to October 31.

In addition, the NCC has identified Bate Island and Jacques-Cartier Park as “signature shoreline sites.” Throughout the coming months, the NCC will continue working with other proponents of the Ottawa Riverfront Placemaking Initiative toward future projects for 2015.