Managing the Parkways

Photo of the Ottawa River Parkway and the Ottawa River Pathway
The Ottawa River Parkway and the Ottawa River Pathway

The NCC and its predecessors have been building and managing parkways in the Capital since 1899. There are now 90 kilometres of parkways managed by the NCC — 52 kilometres in Ottawa and 38 kilometres in Gatineau Park.

The NCC maintains the scenic nature of the parkways by:

  • limiting signage and lighting
  • prohibiting commercial vehicles
  • restricting access to prevent congestion
  • landscaping the parkways to enhance views.

The NCC is also responsible for road maintenance and the traffic regulations that apply to the parkways. Roadwork on the capital parkways is announced on our news page.