NCC extending road closures for pedestrians, cyclists, through Thanksgiving

Gatineau Parkway is reopening to vehicular traffic at noon each day through to the end of its Fall Rhapsody.

By: Mike Vlasveld

2020-04-15 Queen Elizabeth Drive pedestriansQueen Elizabeth Driveway closed to vehicular traffic. Photo/ NCC

The National Capital Commission (NCC) is keeping a number of its assets open for cyclist and pedestrian traffic for the next three weekends, to allow residents the space to exercise while physical distancing.

The NCC says its pilot projects on Queen Elizabeth Driveway, Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway and Gatineau Park Parkways have been an “enormous success,” allowing close to 600,000 visits since May.

There has yet to be word on whether or not the closures will be extended past October 12.

Here’s where and when you can expect closures on NCC roads until then:

Queen Elizabeth Driveway

Between Laurier Avenue and Fifth Avenue
Weekends, until Monday, October 12, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway (westbound)

Between Booth Street and Carling Avenue
Weekends, until Monday, October 12, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway

Between the Aviation Parkway and St. Joseph Boulevard
Weekends, until Monday, October 12, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gatineau Park Parkways

Gatineau Parkway, Champlain Parkway and Fortune Lake Parkway
Everyday until noon, until Sunday, October 25.

During these parkway closures, the following Gatineau Park parking lots are accessible: P1, P2, P3, P5, P6 (Mackenzie King Estate), P7, P8, P9, P11, P12, P13, Gatineau Park Visitor Centre, Old Chelsea Picnic Area, P16, P17, P19, Breton Beach, Parent Beach, Church Hill Picnic Area, and Luskville Falls Trail.

As several parking lots are accessible only via Gatineau Park parkways, the following parking lots are closed to motor vehicles until noon each day:

  • Bourgeois Lake
  • Champlain Lookout
  • Étienne-Brûlé Lookout
  • Fortune Lake
  • Huron Lookout
  • Keogan
  • King Mountain
  • Lauriault Trail
  • Mulvihill Lake
  • Penguin Picnic Area
  • Pink Lake Lookout
  • Pink Lake Trail
  • Waterfall Trail

The Gatineau Park Visitor Centre will reopen its doors to the public on Saturday, September 26, 2020, from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and from Saturday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for information services and the sale of trail maps. The washrooms, exhibits, lunch room and meeting rooms remain closed until further notice.

Gatineau Park will be operating during its Fall Rhapsody. The NCC had recommended residents take its shuttle to access some of the park’s popular sites, but that has since been cancelled due to COVID-19.

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