Common menu bar links

Rideau Canal National Historic Site of Canada

Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy - Progress to Date

October 2013

Stemming from the recommendations in the Landscape Character Assessment and Planning and Management Recommendations Report, the Planners Technical Advisory Group continue to make progress on a variety of tools and activities under development, including: 10 Principles for Good Waterfront Development along the Rideau Canal, a land use planning and public education tool; a Who to Call table, which outlines who to contact when undertaking typical in-water and shoreline activities, such as docks and shoreline alterations; a repository of Official Plan policies that recognize, protect and enhance the Rideau Canal, to assist with municipal Official Plan reviews; and a web-based GIS database compiled during the landscape character assessment to support land use planning and development along the waterway.

April 2013

The Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Steering Committee members release the Landscape Character Assessment Report, which identifies key features and visual values along the Rideau Canal. The report also includes recommendations for future planning and actions to protect the visual setting of the Rideau Canal within its 13 municipalities, from Ottawa to Kingston. The report is available online at www.rcls-sacr.ca. Members of the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy will use the report as a guide in the development and implementation of tools and strategies for responsible planning and management along the Rideau Corridor. 

January - February 2013

Parks Canada presented the Landscape Character Assessment and Planning and Management Recommendations Final Report to the Steering Committee and Planners Technical Advisory Group. Following acceptance of the report by the Steering Committee, the document will be translated and Parks Canada will follow up with an official public release once translation is completed. The projected release date for the report is for early March.

October - November 2012

The draft Landscape Character Assessment and Planning and Management Recommendations Report is presented to Parks Canada, the Steering Committee and the Planners Technical Advisory Group for their review and feedback. The final report will be submitted to Parks Canada by December 1, 2012.

Next steps, including the implementation approach for the report's recommendations, future management and use of the GIS data and opportunity for a Rideau stewardship award are explored.

Visual Preference Survey Captures Values of the Rideau Corridor

Smiths Falls, Ontario, September 7, 2012 – Building on the successful first round of public consultation sessions in March and field work this summer, a final round of public consultation sessions was held the week of August 13, 2012. Parks Canada extends a very big thank you to all who attended the workshops, held in five communities along the Rideau Corridor, and to those who completed the online version of the visual preference survey. The visual preference survey highlighted that the Rideau Corridor landscape is valued for many different qualities and characteristics. It also encouraged some great discussions, and helped gather invaluable feedback about how the Rideau Corridor should be managed and protected in the future.

This fall represents the final phase of the project comprising the landscape character assessment final report and recommendations. The recommendations will inform strategic and land use planning by Parks Canada, conservation authorities, municipalities and others as part of a broader Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy.

Anyone interested in providing input is also encouraged to contribute to the online photographic library of the Rideau Corridor's landscapes. For those who were unable to attend the workshops, the presentation, maps and comment sheet are all available, including information about participating in these opportunities and about the project itself, on the website www.rcls-sacr.ca.

Follow us on Twitter at @RideauCLS.

The Rideau Canal is a National Historic Site, Canadian Heritage River, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As part of the 2007 World Heritage Site designation, the World Heritage Committee recommended that the Rideau Canal's visual protection be strengthened outside of the established buffer zone to ensure the visual values of the setting are protected alongside environmental values.

As part of its commitment to the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy, Parks Canada is facilitating a Landscape Character Assessment to identify key features and values of the Rideau Corridor in order to support more effective planning and management of the Rideau Corridor's landscape into the future.

For further information on the Landscape Character Assessment project, please contact Parks Canada at rideaucanal-info@pc.gc.ca or 613-283-5170.

For further information on the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy, please contact Doug Struthers, Chair, Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy, at mayor@merrickville-wolford.ca or 613-269-4791.

Second Round of Public Workshops Announced for the Rideau Corridor Landscape Character Assessment

Five sessions for stakeholder input offered

As part of its commitment to the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy, Parks Canada is facilitating a Landscape Character Assessment to identify key features and values of the Rideau Corridor in order to support more effective planning and management of the Rideau Corridor's landscape into the future.

An interactive public engagement and consultation process is an important component of the Landscape Character Assessment. All interested persons are invited to participate in the second round of public workshops, which will include five workshops spread out across the Corridor. There will be a presentation explaining the study and an interactive survey for participants using photos of the Rideau Corridor.

For the following four dates, registration begins at 6:30 p.m, and the workshops will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Monday, August 13
Ottawa City Hall – Jean Piggott Place
110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa

Tuesday, August 14
Watson's Mill - First Floor
5525 Dickinson Street, Manotick

Wednesday, August 15
Lions Club Hall
Perth Fairgrounds
Arthur Street, Perth

Thursday, August 16
Kingston City Hall - Memorial Hall
216 Ontario Street, Kingston

For the following date, registration begins at 11:00am and the workshop will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 18
Portland Community Hall
24 Water Street, Portland

Anyone interested in providing input is also encouraged to contribute to the online photographic library of the Rideau Corridor's landscapes. Information about participating in these opportunities and about the project itself can be found on the web site www.rcls-sacr.ca.

The Rideau Canal is a National Historic Site, Canadian Heritage River, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As part of the 2007 World Heritage Site designation, the World Heritage Committee recommended that the Rideau Canal's visual protection be strengthened outside of the established buffer zone to ensure the visual values of the setting are protected alongside environmental values.

For further information on the Landscape Character Assessment project, please contact:
Rideau Canal, Parks Canada
rideaucanal-info@pc.gc.ca 613-283-5170

For further information on the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy, please contact:
Doug Struthers
Chair, Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy
mayor@merrickville-wolford.ca 613-269-4791

Summer Field Work to Commence for Rideau Corridor Landscape Character Assessment

Since the first round of public consultation held in March, Dillon Consulting, who have been hired to undertake the landscape character assessment of the Rideau Canal, have been busy incorporating feedback received from those workshops and refining and enhancing their preliminary assessment. This work was subsequently presented and reviewed with the Planners Technical Advisory Group of the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy, to gather their knowledge and advice.

The consultants are now moving into the next phase of the project - field work and evaluation. Through their field work investigations, Dillon Consulting will be reviewing and refining their preliminary landscape character areas and viewshed analysis, enlarging the photographic database and experiencing firsthand the dynamic Rideau Corridor and what influences its evolution.

Later this summer, a second round of public consultation workshops will be held in five communities along the Rideau Corridor. The public is also encouraged to participate through other ways including: via social media and contributing to an online photographic library of the Rideau Corridor's landscapes. Information about participating in these opportunities and about the project itself can be found on the web site www.rcls-sacr.ca.

Follow us on Twitter at @RideauCLS.

The Rideau Canal is a National Historic Site, Canadian Heritage River, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As part of the 2007 World Heritage Site designation, the World Heritage Committee recommended that the Rideau Canal's visual protection be strengthened outside of the established buffer zone to ensure the visual values of the setting are protected alongside environmental values.

As part of its commitment to the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy, Parks Canada is facilitating a Landscape Character Assessment to identify key features and values of the Rideau Corridor in order to support more effective planning and management of the Rideau Corridor's landscape into the future.

For further information on the Landscape Character Assessment project, please contact:
Rideau Canal, Parks Canada
rideaucanal-info@pc.gc.ca 613-283-5170

For further information on the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy, please contact:
Doug Struthers
Chair, Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy
mayor@merrickville-wolford.ca 613-269-4791

First Public Workshops for the Rideau Corridor Landscape Character Assessment a Success!

Smiths Falls, Ontario - March 13, 2012 - A very big thank you to all who attended the first round of public consultation workshops held March 6-8 along the Rideau Corridor. It is great to see the passion and enthusiasm people have for the Rideau and to gather invaluable feedback and information about places in the Rideau Corridor that are important to them.

For those unable to attend the workshops, the presentation, maps, handouts and comment sheet are all available on the project website www.rcls-sacr.ca.

The public is also encouraged to participate through other ways including: via social media, contributing to an online photographic library of the Rideau Corridor's landscapes, and attending the next round of community workshops to be held in the summertime. Information about participating in these opportunities and about the project itself can be found on the web site www.rcls-sacr.ca.

Follow us on Twitter @RideauCLS.

The Rideau Canal is a National Historic Site, Canadian Heritage River, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As part of the 2007 World Heritage Site designation, the World Heritage Committee recommended that the Rideau Canal's visual protection be strengthened outside of the established buffer zone to ensure the visual values of the setting are protected alongside environmental values.

As part of its commitment to the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy, Parks Canada is facilitating a Landscape Character Assessment to identify key features and values of the Rideau Corridor in order to support more effective planning and management of the Rideau Corridor's landscape into the future.

For further information on the Landscape Character Assessment project, please contact:
Rideau Canal, Parks Canada
rideaucanal-info@pc.gc.ca
613-283-5170

For further information on the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy, please contact:
Doug Struthers
Chair, Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy
mayor@merrickville-wolford.ca
613-269-4791

March 2012

Dillon Consulting provided an update on progress made to-date on the landscape character assessment project, and an overview of the upcoming public workshops. Thus far, the project team has explored what information is already available to properly complete the assessment, and is presently researching past character descriptions documenting the land use, cultural features, natural conditions, policy areas, and special visual resources in the Rideau Corridor. This preliminary work has resulted in the identification of draft geographic sectors and landscape character areas along the corridor, based on watershed divide, the evolution of the canal and landscape characteristics. This preliminary information will be shared at the upcoming public workshops to gather the public's feedback and enhance and refine the preliminary research.

These public workshops will be held March 6, 7 and 8 along the Rideau Corridor.
Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. All workshops will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Workshop dates and locations are:

North
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
3889 Rideau Valley Drive, Manotick

Central
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Merrickville Community Centre
106 Read Street, Merrickville

South
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority – Outdoor Centre
1641 Perth Road, Kingston

Anyone interested in providing input is also encouraged to contribute to the online photographic library of the Rideau Corridor's landscapes. A second round of workshops will be held later in 2012 to gauge participant's preference for landscape types and characteristics. Information about participating in these opportunities and about the project itself can be found on the web site www.rcls-sacr.ca.

November 2011

Stage 1 of the landscape character assessment commences, with the introduction of the Dillon team to the Steering Committee, and review of a proposed Communications and Engagement Plan.

October 2011

The Request for Proposals to hire a consultant to undertake a landscape character
assessment and develop planning and management recommendations for the Rideau Corridor closed for bidding on October 4. Following extensive review and evaluation of all eight submissions, Dillon Consulting is awarded the contract in late October.

August 2011

The Request for Proposals to hire a consultant to undertake a landscape character
assessment and develop planning and management recommendations for the Rideau Corridor is posted for bidding on the MERX Canadian Public Tenders website.

On-water meetings of the Steering Committee, Planners Technical Advisory Committee and key partners and stakeholders are hosted by Parks Canada, traveling from Smiths Falls to Ottawa.

July 2011

On-water meetings of the Steering Committee, Planners Technical Advisory Committee and key partners and stakeholders are hosted by Parks Canada, traveling from Kingston to Smiths Falls.

May 2011

The Steering Committee approves the Request for Proposals to hire a consultant to undertake a landscape character assessment and develop planning and management recommendations for the Rideau Corridor. The City of Ottawa Mapping Project Team continues to develop baseline mapping for the entire corridor.

April 2011

Following a discussion on the Community Consultation Group, the Steering Committee passes a motion supporting the public consultation process being directed by the consultant hired to undertake the landscape character assessment.

The Steering Committee sends a letter to the National Capital Commission and the City of Ottawa expressing its concerns with the proposed digital screen on the Ottawa Convention Centre.

February-March 2011

The Secretariat makes presentations to numerous Rideau Corridor municipalities and the Algonquins of Ontario to update them on Strategy progress. A video which introduces the Strategy to new audiences and provides information on progress since the Steering Committee formation is launched by the Secretariat. The Parks Canada website is continually updated with Strategy information.

January 2011

Feedback and advice is sought from the Steering Committee regarding the refinement of the Request for Proposals for the Landscape Character Assessment and the Terms of Reference for the Community Advisory Group. Planning begins for public information sessions that will assist with formation of the Community Advisory Group.

December 2010

The Steering Committee passes a motion to accept a proposed general work outline for part 1 of a 2 part plan for a Landscape Character Assessment, Landscape Planning, and Management Recommendations developed by the Planners. The Secretariat and the Planners Group begin to draft a Request for Proposals for the Visual Landscape Character Assessment.

After receiving support from the Steering Committee and the Planners Advisory Group, the Secretariat begins to draft a Terms of Reference for the formation of a Community Advisory Group.

October 2010

As part of the Planners Working Group, the City of Ottawa presents a Geo-Data mapping proposal which aims to build a multi-layer mapping file for all counties, municipalities, First Nations and Conservation Authorities along the Rideau Corridor. The proposal is endorsed by the Planners Advisory Group and the Steering Committee. The Planners Advisory Group analyzes and presents findings of the planning policy review. The Steering Committee submits its comments on the Provincial Policy Statement Review to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to seek inclusion of World Heritage sites in the Provincial Policy Statement.

July-August 2010

Parks Canada produces a document review which is an overview of what Rideau Corridor research exists. A proposal of a Landscape Character Assessment is presented to the Steering Committee by the Secretariat. The Planners Advisory Group begins discussions on approaches to the Landscape Character Assessment and conducts a review of current planning policies that affect the Rideau Canal.

January -June 2010

The first meeting of the new Steering Committee is held in January and by June, a Terms of Reference is endorsed. Through these months, work begins to plot the way forward using advice and information generate by the previous Steering Committee. A Planners Advisory Group is formed as one of the secondary Groups outlined in the Strategy Governance Model. A Terms of Reference for this group is also endorsed.

December 2009

The new Steering Committee is formed with plans for an initial meeting in early January. In addition to being represented on the Steering Committee as a voting member, Parks Canada is designated as the Secretariat.

November 2009

The last meeting of the original Steering Committee is held which results in key recommendations for the new Steering Committee on how to successfully move forward. The new governance model and Steering Committee for the RCLS are introduced at the 'Rideau Corridor Forum for the Future'.

October 2009

Letters were sent to the Algonquins of Ontario, all Corridor municipalities and counties, the Provincial Working Group and existing Steering Committee to inform them of the general outcomes of the Municipal Forum held on September 3. The letter also requested that representatives from the respective municipality/group be designated for future participation on the new Steering Committee.

September 2009

A Municipal Forum is held in Perth to bring together the Algonquins of Ontario, the existing Steering Committee and the Corridor municipalities to craft a new governance model for the RCLS. Consensus was reached on a new governance model.

July 2009

Rideau Corridor Mayors are invited to a Mayor's discussion session. This session is held with good attendance and resulted in the recognition that a more extensive involvement of Corridor municipalities in the development of the RCLS was required. The Algonquins of Ontario and Parks Canada meet on site to establish a partnership of mutual respect and understanding for the Rideau Corridor.

June - October 2009

Three Steering Committee meetings are held to generate ideas on what projects should be part of the Strategy (ie. Visual assessment of the Rideau Canal), how the Provincial Ministries can be more closely involved etc. Numerous consultation cruises along the Rideau Corridor are held with municipal planners to discuss various development concerns and opportunities.

May 2009

Parks Canada appoints a Steering Committee with Doug Struthers (Mayor of Merrickville-Wolford) as the Chair and representatives from a wide range of stakeholder groups. A Terms of Reference for the Steering Committee is established.

April 2009

An Open Space Forum is hosted by Parks Canada, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Tourism and North Grenville. Over 130 participants representing municipalities, provincial and federal agencies, First Nations and aboriginal communities, and a wide variety of non-governmental organizations, attended the day-long "Open Space" meeting to discuss the challenges and opportunities for planning and development in this World Heritage corridor and possible next steps. One major suggestion was that a Steering Committee be developed to move the Strategy forward.

Some key messages from the Forum included:

  • We need to speak with one voice.
  • We need all levels of government to cooperate on developing this Strategy and include the private sector.
  • We need to involve the communities along the Corridor in identifying values we want to conserve in the process.

January - March 2009

Parks Canada meets with municipal staff and / or elected officials. Resolutions of support are passed by all three counties and 13 municipalities.

January 2009

First Nations groups in Eastern Ontario are asked to participate in the development of a new vision for the Rideau Corridor.

December 2008

A Provincial Working Group is formed and comprised of the Ministries of Environment, Culture, Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs, Municipal Affairs & Housing, Natural Resources, Northern Development & Mines and Tourism.

August - October 2008

Parks Canada and various Ontario provincial government representatives meet to discuss the potential for a Rideau Corridor Study (soon to become the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy).

April 2008

Parks Canada holds a preliminary meeting with Provincial Ministries to scope interest in working collaboratively towards a new vision for the Rideau Corridor.

June 2007

The Rideau Canal is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.