As Ontario enters Stage 1 of its economic recovery plan and Quebec eliminates checkpoints between Gatineau and Ottawa, the National Capital Comission (NCC) is reinstating day use of its local parks.
As of Friday, May 22, at 9 a.m., most parking lots on NCC urban lands, the Greenbelt and in Gatineau Park will be open to the public.
With this annoucement, the NCC is strongly encouraging everyone to continue to practicing physical distancing while on its land, be it in parks, on trails or in parking lots.
The NCC adds that most of the parkways in Gatineau Park will be open exclusively for active transportation on a pilot basis, similar to pilot projects along Queen Elizabeth Driveway, Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway.
The Gatineau Park and Queen Elizabeth Drivceway pilots will run until Sunday, June 28.
The Sir John A. Macdonald and Sir George-Étienne Cartier parkways will continue to be open to non-motorized traffic on weekends, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.