Rehabilitation of the Ottawa River Pathway East

The Capital Pathway is a key asset of the National Capital Commission (NCC) and connects more than 200 km of multi-use pathways. It extends from Gatineau Park, through Ottawa and into the Greenbelt. The pathway network connects the capital's parks, gardens, museums, and main attractions along the way for walking, running, cycling, in-line skating including several winter activities.

The NCC has completed condition assessments along the Capital Pathway to identify areas requiring rehabilitation. To ensure that the Ottawa River Pathway East is fully operational and to maintain pathway user safety, the NCC will be undertaking resurfacing and/or reconstruction of approximately 5 km of the pathway. Sections of the pathway identified for rehabilitation are located between the Aviation Museum and Fairwinds Terrace.

Due to unstable ground near Green's Creek, a 500m section of the pathway will be realigned to prevent further deterioration and improve its long-term resilience.

Construction will follow a three-phased approach and will begin in the summer of 2024 and will be completed by the end of fall 2024.


  • Repair deteriorated pathway segments,
  • Improve the pathway's resiliency,
  • Ensure pathway user safety,
  • Incorporate new Capital Pathway standard guidelines where applicable.

Construction Stages:

  • Site mobilization,
  • Remove existing pavement,
  • Excavate granular base around culverts,
  • Replace culverts requiring reconstruction,
  • Backfill new culverts with granular material,
  • Compact the existing granular foundation under the pathway,
  • Resurface the pathway,
  • Soil placement and seeding,
  • Site demobilization.

The proposed project would take place on National Capital Commission lands, and is subject to federal land use, design, and transaction approval under the National Capital Act for phase 3 of the project.


Latest update

May 17, 2024 – The public comment period on the project is closed. The National Capital Commission is considering comments received to help inform its determination on whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
1 Notice of Intent to Make a Determination - Start of Public Comment Period - April 17, 2024


National Capital Commission
Environmental Assessment
40 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5A8

  • Location

    • Rehabilitation of the Ottawa River Pathway East (Ontario)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Maintenance activities (fences, walls)
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    The National Capital Commission
  • Authorities

    • National Capital Commission
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


This map is for illustrative purposes. The markers represent the approximate locations based on available data. More than one marker may be identified for a given assessment.


Nearby assessments

...within 200 kilometres
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