NCC Stops Traffic For Official Opening Of Parkway Signs


The National Capital Commission is closing down part of the Ottawa River parkway this afternoon on one of the busiest weekends of the year when leaf-peepers by the tens of thousands use the parkway to access bridges to Gatineau Park.

Congestion is so bad in the park that sometimes routes are closed to lessen the car pressure on roads.

The closure is to celebrate the new signage along the major transportation route. It is an official opening of the signage.

The release is below:

Friday, September 29, 2023 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The Kichi Z?b? M?kan (Parkway) will be closed for a public event celebrating the unveiling of the parkway’s new signage.

  • Closure schedule: Friday, September 29, 2023, from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Closure location: Westbound lanes, from Booth Street to Slidell Street
  • Impact on motorists: Local, museum and event guest traffic will be allowed up to Vimy Place. Follow detours in place via Booth.
  • Impact on pedestrians and cyclists: The adjacent multi-use pathway is not affected by the closure.

The National Capital Commission (NCC) thanks you for your cooperation.




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6 Responses

  1. The Voter says:

    Uhm, it’s not Thanksgiving this weekend. But apart from that, this is crazy! Don’t they know how to stay off the road and out of traffic while they’re unveiling a sign?

    Did Tobi Nussbaum spend too much time at City Hall or maybe not enough. He seems to have taken seriously the comment made about Watson being available for the opening of an envelope! And of course, opening a sign is much better than opening an envelope. For one thing, it’s bigger and people can see you opening it much better.

    It’s just come to me! Maybe our new mayor doesn’t stoop to Watson’s level and takes openings more seriously. Maybe he won’t attend the opening of anything smaller or less significant than a sign! That’s it! Mystery solved!

    Why you would close a Parkway to traffic to unveil a sign that tells you the name of the Parkway you aren’t allowed to drive on is beyond me. And how it can take three hours to pull a sheet off a sign is baffling.

    Why are they doing it today anyway? One of the things behind the new name is Reconciliation as they change it from honouring a man who supported Indian Residential Schools to an aboriginal name. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is tomorrow. Except that they’d have to come in on their day off, why not do it then? After all, MacDonald didn’t give Indian children a day off. It wouldn’t be a bad thing if honouring those children was a touch inconvenient for the assembled dignitaries.

  2. Been There says:

    Bulldog, are you trying to confuse your readers? This weekend isn’t Thanksgiving, at best Monday is the Truth and Reconciliation holiday for federal workers. For everyone who cares about the celebration of signs the closure is tomorrow, the last Friday of September.

  3. Ken Gray says:


    My apologies for the mistake on Thanksgiving weekend.

    Times are so tough here at Bulldog World Headquarters that we haven’t changed the calendars in years.

    The mistake has been corrected but the learned, deep thoughts behind it remain the same. Sheesh.

    Let me be the first person to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, Ms. Voter.

    It’s just that when I saw the closure and the NCC, a turkey immediately came to mind.

    Many sorries.


  4. Ken Gray says:

    Been There:

    And here I had thawed out the turkey. Damn.



  5. Kosmo says:

    All we’re missing is a release from OPS to stay away from downtown while the roads are closed.

  6. The Voter says:

    As long as you cook the turkey, you can then re-freeze it for next week. But not with stuffing in it!

    I can think of other turkeys that could do with a good deep-chill but, unfortunately, they’re stuffed so not going to work.

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