Urban Lands in the Capital

Photo of Major's Hill Park with Parliament Hill in the background
View of Parliament Hill from Major's Hill Park

The NCC and the federal government own or manage nearly 4,500 hectares of lands of capital importance in Ottawa and Gatineau. The urban lands do not include the Greenbelt  or Gatineau Park. The capital’s urban lands are divided in two parts:

  • Lands in downtown Ottawa and Gatineau (known as the core area lands)
  • Urban lands surrounding the heart of the capital (known as the urban lands)

In this section you can learn more about the urban lands and the Capital Urban Lands Plan that has been approved by the NCC Board of Directors in April 2015.

Lands of Strategic and Symbolic Importance

The capital urban lands contribute to a dynamic and welcoming capital for Canadians. These lands and the buildings upon them:

  • have natural, cultural, political, symbolic and administrative uses;
  • support recreation, commemoration and celebration; and
  • blend nature and culture.

The following are features of the capital urban lands owned and managed by the NCC and the federal government.

Scenic Parkways and Recreational Pathways

Scenic parkways and recreational pathways traverse the capital and line the shorelines of the Ottawa, Rideau and Gatineau rivers and the Rideau Canal.

Parks and Green Spaces

Among the urban parks and green spaces are:

Federal Government Offices and Research Centres

There are five major government employment centres outside the downtown core:

  • Tunney’s Pasture
  • Confederation Heights
  • RCMP National Headquarters
  • National Research Council of Canada Research Facilities
  • Natural Resources Canada Booth Street Complex

There are also many other federal government buildings throughout the urban area, such as those on de la Carrière boulevard in Gatineau.

National Museums

In addition to the national museums in the core downtown area, the following museums are located in Ottawa:

Scenic Entries and Arrival Points

  • Arrival and entry points are by road, water, train and plane.