Rideau Canal Concrete Rehabilitation

Rideau Canal National Historic Site

February 3, 2022 - Info-Work: Repair Work on Ottawa Walls at Pretoria Bridge


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.

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.

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.

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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.

Date: Spring 2020

Ongoing Work:

  • Reconstruction of the wall and the multi-use pathway
  • Safety features such as the railings will also be replaced

Pedestrian detour

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.

Phase 1:
Date: Spring 2016 (Completed)

This phase included rehabilitating 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.

Phase 2:
Date: Spring 2017 (Completed)

This phase included repairing 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



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