Announcing a New Public Art Program for Wateridge Village/Village des Riverains that will celebrate Indigenous Art, Culture and Heritage

Canada Lands Company acknowledges that we are in the ancestral and traditional territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation and the Omàmiwininìwag People, and we recognize the Algonquins as the stewards of these lands and resources – in the past, present and future.

In celebration of Indigenous art, culture and heritage, Canada Lands Company is launching a public art program at Wateridge Village/Village des Riverains. The program, guided by the Algonquin Peoples, will select Indigenous artists and other multidisciplinary artist teams to create public displays that encourage public interest, awareness, appreciation and understanding of the Algonquin Peoples and the land.

Opportunities for artists will include:

Temporary public art:
A variety of two-dimensional images will be selected to be transferred onto banners, utility boxes and other surfaces throughout the community.

Permanent public art:
There are three opportunities to create permanent public art:
• Artist Commission: Wanaki Road entranceway
• Artist Commission: Codd’s Road entranceway
• Artist-on-Design Team: Hemlock Road throughout the site

We encourage teams across Turtle Island of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds to sign up here to receive the various “calls to artists” announcement and application information. The calls will include detailed information on the sites, opportunities, timelines, criteria and fees.

Please email for more details.

Park 1 public engagement

Together, with the Algonquins of Ontario, we’re delighted to present the concept plan for Kishkabika Park (Park 1), and we invite you to share your feedback as part of our online public engagement.

The engagement on the design of Kishkabika Park (Park 1) began in 2013 following the Algonquin Elder’s tour of Wateridge Village. Through the development of the Community Design Plan, the vision for this park was realized as a year-round destination for people of all ages. The park plan includes play equipment, water play, a puddle rink for skating, space for community garden plots, a sliding hill and open space for community gathering.

Located north of Hemlock Road and west of Codd’s Road, Kishkabika Park (Park 1) will be the largest park within Wateridge Village. The name ‘Kishkabika’ is Algonquin for ‘rock cliff’ and its theme is centered around the Algonquin presence in the Ottawa Valley. Algonquin history will be celebrated in this park with components that include a belvedere, ceremonial firepit and designs incorporated to honour the Algonquin community.

Visit our website to review the plan and provide us with input that will help inform the park’s design and recreational uses as we finalize the plan for submission to the City of Ottawa for approval.

We appreciate your participation and look forward to hearing your feedback.

OC Transpo

Exciting news! OC Transpo will begin service at Wateridge Village and its connecting communities on December 27, 2017. Canada Lands Company is particularly proud of this announcement as we strive to encourage the use of public transit and increased connectivity from the very inception of this new community. The new bus routes announced include:
  • Route 17: Intended to provide rush hour service between Wateridge Village and downtown. It also adds more bus capacity along Beechwood. This route connects to Rideau station and terminates at Parliament station.
  • Route 27: Intended to provide rush hour service between Wateridge Village and St. Laurent station, via Cummings Avenue.
For more information, please click on the route to learn more at the OC Transpo website.

Parks update and information session

Wateridge Village Parks #2 and #8 Information Session

The City of Ottawa wants your input on the proposed design for two new parks that will be built in the Wateridge Village Community. These parks will be built over the next few years by Canada Lands Company (CLC) Limited for the City of Ottawa.

The parks will provide a range of passive and active recreation amenities for the community which will be geared for all age ranges. A  Commemorative Plaza celebrating the Lt Colonel William G Barker will be the primary focus of Park # 8 whereas Park # 2 will become the primary recreational facility for soccer, tennis, skateboarding and winter skating in the community. Extensive green open space, landscaped areas and the preservation of existing trees will also be considered in the design of the parks.

By attending the information session you will be able to view the proposed plans for the parks and make suggestion on the proposed amenities.

  • November 7, 2017
  • East Gate Alliance Church
  • 550 Codd’s Road, Ottawa
  • 6:00-8:00pm

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please contact Diane Emmerson no later than October 30th, 2017.

In addition to the information session the park plans will be available to view online at after November 7th,  2017.

Parks #9 and #5 Making Progress

The first two parks that will open at Wateridge Village, parks #9 and #5, continue to make great progress. Park #5, located in the heart of Wateridge Village, commemorates and celebrates Canada’s sesquicentennial, with work continuing on this special commemorative park featuring many themes dedicated to our country. Look for our official grand opening of these two new parks in the spring of 2018.


With Phase 1A housing construction now underway at Wateridge Village, Canada Lands Company CLC Limited has turned its attention to Phase 1B infrastructure works.  Phase 1B is located between Codds’ Road and Burma Road. As previously stated, tree removal within the Phase 1B lands will be required.  We want to reassure the community that this work will be carried out with the approval of the City of Ottawa through a Tree Removal Permit.  The tree removal is a necessary step for the installation of sewers, watermains, new roads and a retrofit of the Burma storm water pond.

Wateridge Village Two Parks

The Wateridge Village Community located on the site of the former Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Rockcliffe will eventually have ten (10) new parks.  The combined area of parkland in the community will be 21.93 hectares of land. Construction will begin on the first two parks in 2017. These parks will be built by Canada Lands Company on behalf of the City of Ottawa.  A larger Community Park of 4.95 hectares is planned to be built in the next phase of development.

Park 9: Southwest Parkette is 0.39 hectares in size. The amenities in this park will include: Splash pad water play feature, community gathering space with seating, picnic area, playground with senior and junior play equipment, basketball key, fitness signage with benches, informal seating, free play open space, park shade structure, pathways, benches, landscaping, new trees and planting and preservation of existing trees.

Park 5: Centre Parkette is 0.90 hectares in size.  The amenities in this park will include: a Canada 150 commemorative plaza, community gathering space with seating, park shade shelter, playground with junior and senior play equipment and swings, fitness signage and benches, free play open space pathways, benches, landscaping, new trees and planting, and preservation of existing trees.

A public information session is planned for:

March 21 from 6 to 8 pm

East Gate Alliance Church
550 Codd’s Road
Ottawa, Ontario 

Please review the attached Park Concept Plans for additional information on the park amenities and layout.

If you wish to provide comments please send, no later than April 4 to:

Diane Emmerson
613-580-2424 ext. 16683

Project updates: housing construction underway

Exciting news as Uniform Urban Developments has begun digging basement foundations.  Claridge Homes and Tartan Homes will also be on site this spring.  First home occupancies are planned for late 2017. Park concept plans for the 2 parks in Phase 1A will soon be available for viewing and are planned to be constructed by late fall 2017 along with the first landscaping elements in open spaces and the stormwater management pond below the escarpment.  Canada Lands is currently turning its attention now to Phase 1B of Wateridge Village.

Site preparations will take place in the coming months to make way for the eventual municipal infrastructure construction on-site throughout the remainder of 2017.

Canada Lands will be meeting with homeowners along the north side of Drayton Private to discuss rear yard grading adjustments.  As part of the Burma Pond construction, rear yards will be elevated in order to provide a more amenable, useable space.

Ottawa Gets Sneak Peak at City’s Newest Community

Ottawa Gets Sneak Peak at City’s Newest Community

Wateridge Village is now ready to welcome new home buyers


OTTAWA − Ottawa now has its first look at Wateridge Village, the city’s most exciting new residential community.

Media was invited to a preview event and ribbon cutting ceremony today. In addition to a joint opening ceremony between Canada Lands Company and the Algonquins of Ontario, initial phase builders Claridge Homes, Tartan Homes, and Uniform Development representatives and city officials were also on hand to mark the occasion. The event included a first look at two of three sales centres in the initial phase of the project. The entire build-out will take more than 15 years, with multiple phases to complete.

Two builder sales centres are now open to the public from Tartan Homes and Uniform Development, with the third from Claridge Homes opening on December 17, 2017, providing potential buyers the opportunity to peruse the initial slate of homes available at Wateridge Village. The sales centres are located on Hemlock Road, south-east of Aviation Parkway.

“We are exceptionally proud of this project,” said Jean Lachance, Senior Director of Real Estate for Canada Lands Company. “Literally years of community consultation, municipal partnership and an innovative agreement with the Algonquins of Ontario were part of the process in reaching today’s milestone. This collaborative spirit is exactly what we bring to a project when we get involved. Wateridge Village is truly a great example of the many benefits a well planned community can bring to a city.”

Robert Potts, Principal Negotiator and Senior Legal Counsel for the Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) stated, “The partnership between Canada Lands Company and the Algonquins of Ontario is a shining example of what we mean by reconciliation.  This partnership is providing the AOO with a direct financial interest in the development of Wateridge Village while also presenting opportunities for the commemoration of the history and connection of the Algonquin people to the site.”

Mr. Potts added, “Through this partnership with CLC, the AOO have also formed a joint venture agreement with Tartan Homes for the development of a mix of semi-detached units and townhouse units in Phase I of Wateridge Village. These types of partnerships are extraordinary in nature and will strengthen future economic development opportunities for the Algonquin people.” Mr. Potts stated that the AOO and Canada Lands Company are also committed to providing opportunities for qualified Algonquin companies to provide services to support the redevelopment of the site.

Wateridge Village is currently undergoing major construction as servicing work is already well underway and new home construction set to begin in 2017.

This 310-acre sustainable new community minutes from downtown will eventually be home to approximately 10,000 people.  Wateridge Village, overlooking the Ottawa River, will honour the rich history of the Algonquins of Ontario and the military through commemoration.  The site will be home to design-forward residences, retail and office space, unparalleled amenities, beautiful parks and trails.






Manon Lapensée

Director, Corporate Communications, Canada Lands Company



Janet Stavinga

Executive Director

Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office