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.

Commemoration Program

Many different people have lived, worked, harvested, played, and explored in this place, among many other activities. We want to ensure the diverse histories of this land are commemorated in this emerging development.

Canada Lands Company is developing a commemoration program to guide how Wateridge Village/Villages des Riverains is recognizing Algonquin, military, francophonie, and other histories in this ongoing development. The commemoration program is being developed by Canada Lands Company in partnership with the Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) and with support from ERA Architects Inc., the Dept of Words & Deeds, and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

The commemoration program will culminate in a handbook that will provide Canada Lands Company and its development partners with collected histories, design principles, precedents and guidelines to implement commemorative features within the site’s emerging public realm. Commemorative features may include community signage and wayfinding, public art, street furniture and light fixtures, pavement detailing, and artifact display.

From January to May 2021, we will be collecting public stories online and the AOO will also be leading a knowledge-collection process.

The site is north of Montreal Road, south of Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway and east of Aviation Parkway, close to the Canada Aviation & Space Museum and the Montfort Hospital. It is the former Rockcliffe Airbase that is owned and currently under development by Canada Lands Company. We welcome all stories, reflections, and images related to personal and ancestral experience and knowledge of this site and the surrounding area. This may include stories of landscape, community, struggle, service, fun, family, newcomers, and beyond.

Learn more about this initiative and share your story online.

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


The Wateridge Newsletter (Vol. 2 – September 2016)

Live at Wateridge

We are proud to announce our three new builder partners for Phase 1A  at Wateridge:

  • Claridge Homes
  • Tartan Homes and; 
  • Uniform Urban Developments 

The first phase of Wateridge Village offers a wide variety of homes. Quiet, pedestrian friendly, tree-lined streetscapes will accompany everyday conveniences and a welcoming new community.

An on-site sales pavilion will be opening later this fall. Until then visit to learn more about the builders and homes that will be available.

DID YOU KNOW? In 1964, when the military ceased flying from the base, Rockcliffe housed one of the world’s more significant historic aircraft collections of the Canadian War Museum, the early National Aviation Museum and the Royal Canadian Air Force.


It takes a village

This is a long newsletter, but also an informative one. We hope you find it helpful.

The Wateridge Village website is under continuing development and will soon transform into your online source for all project information and updates. In the meantime, Canada Lands wanted to provide some information and respond to common questions we have been receiving about Wateridge.

Construction Activity

Construction and associated inconveniences are an unfortunate reality in the creation of an ambitious, brand-new community. This development is not your average development; reintegrating a 310-acre (125-hectare) site into the fabric of the community is a monumental task and we appreciate our neighbours’ patience and understanding during the various construction phases. We are committed to having construction activities abide by all City of Ottawa by-laws for noise and other requirements, and for work to be completed as quickly as possible.  We will do our best to post any significant construction updates to our website and  Facebook page.

Codd’s Road will continue its reconstruction until December 2016; truck traffic will continue to use Burma Road in the interim. In 2017, as part of our Phase 1B exercise, the new Wanaki Road will be built with full municipal infrastructure and, once in service, Burma Road will then be a north end “cul-de-sac” or terminated at Provender. As such, land between Provender and Montreal Road is subject to a road closure and we look forward to working with residents on how we can improve this open space including the relocation of the Thorncliffe Village gateway feature. The gateway currently sits at the northeast corner of Montreal Road and Burma Road and will be impacted by Wanaki Road construction. Affected residents will be contacted directly.

To review the details surrounding the overall development we encourage you to visit the City of Ottawa website and view the approved Community Design Plan and other relevant materialspertaining to Wateridge Village.

Various site plans, most extracted from the Community Design Plan, provide a better understanding of the overall development.

Plans include:

and more!

DID YOU KNOW? Wanaki Road, which is the the re-aligned Burma Road, is named for the phrase “Wanaki”, which is the Algonquin term for “at peace”. To learn more about the other street names that have been finalized so far, click here.

About the Sir George-Étienne Parkway

Some people have asked if the Parkway will be developed with residential units.

The answer is: no.

The Parkway will remain as-is and continue to be owned and managed by the National Capital Commission. The construction activity that you may have noticed is only related to the excavation of a stormwater management system which will incorporate a natural waterfall from the ridge above, hence ‘Wateridge’. In 2017, extensive landscaping will enhance and create natural connections, beautifying the area even more.

What’s happening with the 3 school sites?

The three identified school sites are reserved as follows:

  • French Catholic Elementary in phase 1A
  • French Public  Elementary in phase 1B
  • English Public Elementary in phase 1B

The first of the schools to be built is the French Catholic Elementary; however this could be several years away, potentially within the next 5 years or so. For the other two sites, each board may optionally express its intention to proceed with the acquisition of the land as the development progresses; school boards have to right to decline or accept the site reserved to them within seven years after that parcel is registered with the City.  So far, the CECCE school site parcel in Phase 1A has been registered . Phase 1B is slated for registration in 2017. Please visit each board’s website to get more information about their respective long term plans.

Stay Connected, Keep Participating

We listened to the community throughout our planning process, as well as during the City’s own approval processes, and the results can be seen throughout the final approved plans. Although our formal consultations are complete, going forward, public input will continue to be vital in the planning of the green spaces, parks and commemorations within the site.

Stay tuned to the City of Ottawa’s website and participate in the City’s municipal park consultation processes  as they occur. The first parks to be named and constructed are the parks labelled #5 and  #9 on the CDP’s Parks & Open Space map in phase 1A. Additionally, Canada Lands is planning various commemorative elements for the site that will honour veterans, the site’s military legacy as well as the Algonquins of Ontario. We will be posting information about our commemoration activities as they arise.

Greening Wateridge Village

We are pleased with the progress of our greening plans. With our commitment to creating a place of pride, Canada Lands is introducing many more trees than what has been removed, and will also incorporate other innovative green features such as the aforementioned waterfall and family-friendly green spaces. Look for these starting in 2017. Three storm water ponds and myriad other low impact features utilizing specially designed soils will not only serve as an effective water management tool for the development, but also an attractive one. All of our landscaping work is in accordance with plans developed by professional landscape architects and are approved by the City of Ottawa and the National Capital Commission as phases progress.

Community Amenities

Two parks (#5 and #9) in Phase 1A will be built in 2017. The community design plan also allows for a community amenity in park #2 (South Community Park) in Phase 1B . What this amenity will be, as well as its form and function, falls within the purview of the City of Ottawa. The City will make any final decisions. More details about this will be provided during the park planning process led by the City.

How high will buildings get?

As seen in the  CDP Heights plan, the permissions include heights of between 11 to 70 metres depending on the location.

How long will it take to build the whole site?

The 320-acre site is expected to take approximately 15 years to be fully constructed; however market conditions and other factors will play a role in the actual timeline.

Work on the new Aviation Parkway north bound off ramp connection to Hemlock is expected when development proceeds westerly towards Hemlock in future phases. Traffic volume will be monitored as development progresses, as Canada Lands works to mitigate interruptions to the community.

Do you anticipate any commercial activity?

Yes, the plan calls for a commercial core in Phase 1B and we hope to begin building interest in the area in the next two years or so. The employment core also has an adjacent section in Phase 3, along the eastern boundary adjacent to the NRC campus.  The employment core will be implemented as the development progresses as well as being influenced by market demand.

What about public transit?

We are very pleased to announce that we’ve reached an agreement with OC Transpo to offer early transit service in the new neighbourhood by 2017 with regular bus service. Once the first 50 homes are built and occupied, residents will be able to access route 129 which will make eight trips in the morning and eight in the afternoon during peak hours during the week.