Bronson Pulp Mill Ruins and Richmond Landing Shoreline

Project site
Project site

One of our priorities is to offer Canadians greater access to the Capital’s shorelines. The Bronson Pulp Mill ruins and Richmond Landing shoreline projects will give the public a new way to discover and experience the Ottawa River shoreline and the islands. Our objectives for these projects are as follows:

  • To provide public access to the shoreline for pedestrians and cyclists
  • To provide universally accessible routes via new pathways:        
  • from the intersection of the Portage Bridge and Wellington Street to Richmond Landing       
  •  that include new bridges from the Bronson Pulp Mill ruins to Victoria Island, and from the Ottawa shoreline to Victoria Island via Richmond Landing
  • To provide water access from the Ottawa River to Richmond Landing
  • To stabilize and enhance the Bronson Pulp Mill ruins as a landmark industrial site
  • To develop interpretation (based on industrial, natural and settlement heritage), lookouts and wayfinding

What’s next?

After consulting the public and key stakeholder groups in fall 2014, and conducting detailed environmental and habitat studies, the NCC is currently in the design development phase of the planned major improvements for these two sites. The work will proceed in several phases:

Phase 1: 2016

  • Installation of new lighting systems in the Wellington pedestrian/cyclist tunnels to create a venue for Canadian Heritage public art installations
  • A new dock at Richmond Landing that offers public access and hosts water shuttle services to create better connectivity with the Royal Canadian Navy Monument and other points along the Ottawa River
  • Structural and architectural repairs to the Bronson Pulp Mill ruins and landscape architecture improvements

Phase 2: 2017

  • Pedestrian crossing to Victoria Island via Bronson dam and Amelia Island,
  • Improved access to the Ottawa River shorelines for pedestrians and cyclists with the creation of a new pathway link on Victoria Island westward toward Booth Street
  • Improvements to the log flume and ravine adjacent to this pathway
  • Landscape architecture features to provide universal access to the tip of Richmond Landing and connectivity to the new dock

Phase 3: 2018

  • Two new universally accessible pedestrian bridges that will connect the existing Ottawa River pathway network on the southern shore to Richmond Landing, and Richmond Landing to the south shore of Victoria Island
  • Improved access to the Ottawa River shorelines for pedestrians and cyclists with the creation of an additional new pathway link on Victoria Island westward to the new Richmond Landing crossing
  • Universally accessible pathways connecting the intersection of the Portage Bridge and Wellington Street to Richmond Landing, and by extension to the Bronson Pulp Mill ruins
  • Refurbishment of 1970s era architectural lighting in existing structures
  • The addition of interpretation panels, viewpoints and wayfinding signage

Phase 4: 2019

  • A new universally accessible pedestrian bridge connecting the Bronson Pulp Mill ruins to the current pathway network on Victoria Island
  • Continuation of site enhancements including interpretation panels, viewpoints and wayfinding signage