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Rideau Canal Multi-Use Crossing Study

The multi-use bridge provides an important active transportation connection and reduces automobile commuting volume.


Overall project objective was to define a signature bridge over the heritage setting of the Rideau Canal that provides a functional, multi-use connection in midtown Ottawa.

  • WSP developed a plan for improving pedestrian and cycling linkages over the Rideau Canal World Heritage site between urban neighbourhoods in the City of Ottawa.
  • The plan was designed to foster healthy communities by promoting active transportation through enhanced pedestrian and cycling connectivity, and promote environmental health through decreased automobile use.
  • Using both traditional and online media tools, WSP provided communications and public consultation services that were integral to the success of this project.


  • Environmental Assessment
  • Functional Design
  • Planning
  • Public Consultation


  • Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, Award of Excellence, 2013
  • Canadian Institute of Planners, Award of Merit, Sustainable Mobility, Transportation, and Infrastructure, 2013 

Location: Ottawa, Ontario