October 23, 2019- Community Update: Rehabilitation of Rideau Canal Walls at Clegg Street in Ottawa

Parks Canada is repairing and replacing concrete walls in the downtown core of the nation’s capital between Ottawa Locks and Hartwells Locks to help  protect and preserve this National Historic Site for future generations. This portion of the Rideau Canal serves as a navigable way for boaters from May to October and as a skateway for residents and visitors during the winter months.

In May 2016, the Government of Canada announced an additional $10.4M in funding for projects on the Rideau Canal Walls in downtown Ottawa, bringing the overall investment to an estimated $16M over five years for this particular project.

Ongoing Work

Ottawa Canal Walls Replacement – Echo Drive section 

In October 2018, work began on the replacement of 262 metres of Ottawa canal walls along Echo Drive. Work includes reconstruction of the wall and the multi-use pathway. Safety features such as the railings will also be replaced. Repairs to this section of the Ottawa canal walls are expected to complete in spring 2020. 

The following pedestrian detour is now in place for the duration of the project.

Concrete Rehabilitation on Rideau Canal Walls in Downtown Ottawa

The five-year project to rehabilitate the concrete walls along the Rideau Canal National Historic Site, in Ottawa’s downtown area, began in the winter of 2015.
Potential locations of canal wall work over the 5 year project period

The first phase of this project rehabilitated a 500 meter length of the canal wall on the Queen Elizabeth Driveway side near the Bronson Bridge. Work included chipping away the damaged concrete and re-forming and placing new concrete to resurface the walls. Concurrently, work was undertaken to repair the Rideau Canal Western Pathway in this area. The work for this phase was completed in the Spring 2016.

The second phase of this project repaired approximately 500 meters of walls between the Bank St bridge and Pig Island on the East side of the Rideau Canal. This work included chipping away damaged concrete and refacing the walls with new concrete as well as the replacement of light posts, handrails, and repairs to the Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway. This second phase of work was completed in the spring of 2017.

The rehabilitation of the Rideau Canal walls in downtown Ottawa is part of the Government of Canada’s unprecedented $3 billion investment to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway, and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada.

For More Information 

For more information about the Rideau Canal Historic Site, contact us at RideauCanal.info@pc.gc.ca or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @RideauCanalNHS


July 29, 2019- Community Update: Repairs for Clegg Street section out to tender
July 24, 2019-
Community Update: Construction Ongoing
March 14, 2019-
Community Update: Construction Update
December 21, 2018-
Community Update: Canal Wall Demolition to Begin in the New Year
October 09, 2018-
Community Update: Wall Replacement to Begin – Detour Required
August 03, 2018-
Community Update: Projects out to Tender
May 11, 2018-
Info-Work: Barge Removal from Rideau Canal in Ottawa
May 04, 2018-
Info-Work: Upcoming Investigative Work Along the Rideau Canal in Ottawa
April 18, 2018-
Info-Work: REVISED- Geotechnical Inspection on Portion of Colonel By Drive
March 9, 2018-
Info-Work: Rideau Canal Wall Inspections Continue in Downtown Ottawa - Eastern Pathway Detour in Effect
January 18, 2018-
Info-Work: Temporary Pedestrian Detours along Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway in Downtown Ottawa
June 7, 2017
- Info-Work: Overnight Road Closure Required on Colonel By Drive
June 2, 2017 - Community Update: Work Nearing Completion
April 4, 2017Info-Work: Repairs to Rideau Canal Walls in Downtown Ottawa 
February 28, 2017 - Community Update: Update on Ongoing Work
January 13, 2017 - Info-Work: Update: Repairs to Rideau Canal Walls in Downtown Ottawa
November 8, 2016 - Infrastructure rehabilitation work on the Rideau Canal walls in downtown Ottawa
November 4, 2016
- Info-Work: Canal Wall Rehabilitation - Rideau Canal Walls in Downtown Ottawa