Urban Lands in the Capital
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:
- Rockcliffe Park
- Vincent Massey Park
- Hog’s Back Park
- Leamy Lake Park
- Mooney’s Bay Park
- the Moore Farm Estate
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.
In addition to the national museums in the core downtown area, the following museums are located in Ottawa:
- Canadian Museum of Nature
- Canada Science and Technology Museum
- Canadian Aviation and Space Museum
- Canada Agriculture Museum
Scenic Entries and Arrival Points
- Arrival and entry points are by road, water, train and plane.