Admission is free to all these downtown activities:
- Changing of the Guard
- Royal visit
- Parliament Hill concerts (link is external)
- Concert at Confederation Park and Ottawa City Hall
- Grand opening of the National Arts Centre atrium
- Concerts at Major’s Hill Park
- Living Flag in Downtown Rideau on Ogilvy Square (Nicholas Street between Rideau & Besserer)
- Bytown Museum
- Inspiration Village in the ByWard Market
- Free galleries at City Hall, including the Quilt of Belonging
- National Gallery of Canada
Pedestrian zones and road closures
Much of the downtown area will be converted into pedestrian zones to accommodate activities and festivities. Businesses in the area remain open all week.
A complete list of downtown road closures to create pedestrian zones taking place between June 27 and July 2, can be found on the Canadian Heritage(link is external) website, which includes an interactive map.(link is external) Additional information can be found on the City’s Traffic Report.
The usual Canada Day pedestrian zones and road closures will be in effect, plus the following:
- Week-long road closures come into effect beginning Tuesday, June 27 on Wellington Street, between Bank Street and O’Connor Street.
- Motorists will not be allowed to turn south onto Elgin Street from Wellington Street beginning Wednesday, June 28.
- The Alexandria Bridge will be open only to cyclists and pedestrians on Sunday, July 2.
For traffic and transit updates on Canada Day, follow @ottawacity or @OC_Transpo on Twitter or @cityofottawa on Facebook.
Free Para Transpo and OC Transpo service will be in effect until the end of the service day at 5 a.m. on July 2. The O-Train Trillium Line will run throughout the day and all evening until 1 a.m. The Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) will also be providing free service on July 1. For more information on STO service, visit sto.ca.
Thousands of free Park & Ride spaces
- Thousands of spaces will be available at 12 OC Transpo Park & Ride lots served by high-frequency Transitway routes 61, 62, 94, 95, 97, 98 and 99.
- Many more spaces will be available courtesy of these shopping centres: Bayshore, Billings Bridge, Carlingwood, Place d’Orléans, and South Keys, as well as Algonquin College, Carleton University and Canada Post (Heron/Riverside).
Leave early and arrive in time
- Due to large crowds, anyone attending an event on Parliament Hill is advised to arrive two to three hours before show time in order to proceed through security screening areas.
- You should leave home by 8 p.m. to arrive in time for the 11 p.m. fireworks display.
- Bus detours will be in effect downtown due to road closures.
- Mackenzie King Bridge will be closed to pedestrians after 7 p.m., so customers cannot be picked up or dropped off at that station in the evening.
- After the fireworks downtown, buses will be available on Slater, Albert, and Bank Streets.
- Route 91 will operate service after the fireworks from downtown to Trim Station, providing a fast, direct trip to Orléans.
- The last local buses will depart transit stations at around 12:30 a.m. or 1 a.m.
Free Shuttle between Ottawa and Gatineau
- Buses operate from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. between the National Art Gallery and Jacques-Cartier Park.
Information on July 1
- OC Transpo’s Customer Service Centre in the CFRideau Centre will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
- An OC Transpo information booth will be located at Mackenzie Avenue and Rideau Street from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
July 3 Canada Day statutory holiday
On Monday, July 3 (the Canada Day statutory holiday), a Sunday schedule will operate with extra service provided on Routes 12, 61, 85, 87, 94, 95, 97, and 98.
Visit octranspo.com for holiday schedules, or call 613-741-4390 (open July 1 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.).
Health and safety
These tips will help keep you safe (link is external)and healthy during Canada Day.Security on Parliament HillFrom June 30 to July 2, visitors to Parliament Hill will have to undergo a security screening and a bag check at either of the two tents set up for these purposes. For more information about security and restricted items on Parliament Hill, consult the Parliamentary Protective Service(link is external)’s website.
Prevent heat stroke
- Check the weather daily for the UV index and air quality information
- Stay hydrated while taking part in activities outdoors – seek shade to cool off
- Dress appropriately for hot days and cooler nights – remember sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat and broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher
- Watch for signs and symptoms of heat stroke:
- High body temperature of 40Road Closure Map Canada Day 2017 degrees Celsius or 104 F
- Rapid breathing
- Moist skin
- Confusion, agitation, slurred speech or seizures
- Nausea or vomiting
- Racing heart rate
If you think you are experiencing a heat stroke, call 9-1-1. Cool the overheated person by seeking shade, removing excess clothing and place wet towels on the person’s head, neck, armpit and groin.