Canada Day 2017: Complete guide to road closures and transit information
All are welcome for Canada’s 150th birthday — except vehicles, cyclists and even some pedestrians on some Ottawa and Gatineau streets.
The capital is expected to be its busiest with a crowded schedule of events and tens of thousands of visitors. With all the festivities, people should pay attention to various road closures affecting the city and plan their route.
June 27 from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Wellington Street, from Bank Street to O’Connor Street
June 27 from 3 p.m. to July 4 at 4 p.m.
- Wellington Street eastbound, from Bank Street to O’Connor Street
June 28 from 5 a.m. to July 4 at 4 p.m.
- Elgin Street southbound, from Wellington Street to Queen Street
- Wellington Street turning lane, from MacKenzie Avenue to Elgin Street southbound
June 30 from 5 a.m. to July 2 at 12 a.m.
On the eve of Canada Day at 5 a.m. till July 2 at 12 a.m. the following streets will be closed for cars:
- Wellington Street, from Kent Street to MacKenzie Avenue
- Wellington Street/Rideau Street eastbound, from MacKenzie Avenue to Sussex Drive/Colonel By Drive
- Elgin Street southbound, from Wellington Street to Queen Street
- Elgin Street northwest direction, from Queen Street to Wellington Street
- Elgin Street eastbound direction, encroachment lane between the National War Memorial and the Colonel By Drive access ramp
- Elgin Street westbound turning lane, from Queen Street to Albert Street
- Metcalfe Street, from Wellington Street to Queen Street
- O’Connor Street, from Wellington Street to Queen Street
- Bank Street, from Wellington Street to Queen Street
- Queen Street westbound, from Elgin Street to Metcalfe Street
Ottawa roads closed for vehicles on July 1 at 6 a.m. to July 2 at 3 a.m.
- St. Patrick Street, from Sussex Drive to Alexandra Bridge
- Murray Street, from Sussex Drive to Alexandra Bridge
- Rideau Street, from Dalhousie Street to Sussex Drive
- Sussex Drive southbound, from Boteler Street to St. Patrick Street
- Sussex Drive, from Rideau Street to St. Patrick Street
- MacKenzie Avenue, from Murray Street to Wellington Street
- Colonel By Drive, from Rideau Street to Daly Street
- Wellington Street, from Portage Bridge eastbound direction only to Sussex Drive
- Eastbound on Wellington Street, from Lyon Street to Kent Street
- Elgin Street, from Wellington Street to Laurier Avenue
- Metcalfe Street, from Laurier Avenue to Wellington Street
- O’Connor Street, from Laurier Avenue to Wellington Street
- Bank Street, from Laurier Avenue to Vittoria Street
- Kent Street, from Laurier Avenue to Wellington Street
- Slater Street, from Lyon Street to Elgin Street
- Albert Street, from Lyon Street to Elgin Street
- Queen Street, from Lyon Street to Elgin Street
- Lady Grey Drive
- Mackenzie King Bridge, from Elgin Street to Waller Street
- George Street, from Sussex Drive to Dalhousie Street
- William Street, from York Street to George Street
- York Street, from Sussex Drive to Dalhousie Street
- ByWard Street, from George Street to Clarence Street
- Clarence Street, from Sussex Drive to Dalhousie Street
- Parent Street, from Clarence Street to Murray Street
- “Street with No Name” (in front of Supreme Court of Canada), from Wellington Street to Vittoria Street
- Vittoria Street, from Street with no Name to Bank Street
On Canada Day night from 6 p.m. until 3 a.m. on July 2:
- Albert Street, from Lyon Street to Booth Street
- Lorne Street, from Primrose Street to Albert Street
- Primrose Street, from Booth Street to Lorne Street
- Slater Street, from Lyon Street to Booth Street
- Bay Street, from Laurier Avenue to Wellington Street
- Queen Street, from Lyon Street to Bronson Avenue
- Bronson Avenue, from Laurier Avenue to Sparks Street
- Commissioner Street, from Albert Street to Wellington Street
- Colonel By Drive, from Daly Street to Main Street
- Daly Street, from Nicholas Street to Colonel By Drive
Streets closed for vehicles on July 1 at 10 p.m. to July 2 at 3 a.m.
Close to the end of the night at 10 p.m. on Canada’s day of celebration until 3 a.m. the following day, Laurier Avenue from Elgin Street to Cumberland Street, Queen Elizabeth Driveway on-ramp to Laurier Avenue westbound and the Laurier Avenue on ramp to Queen Elizabeth Driveway southbound will be closed.
The Alexandria Bridge will be closed to vehicles from 6 a.m. on July 1 and for pedestrians and bicyclists on from 9 p.m. on July 1 until 3 a.m.
Gatineau Streets closed for vehicles starting at 6:30 a.m. on Canada Day to July 2 at 3 a.m.
Meanwhile, in Gatineau, Laurier Street will be closed from Maisonneuve Boulevard to Papineau Street and Papineau Street to Des Allumettières Boulevard will be closed starting at 6:30 a.m. on Canada Day to July 2 at 3 a.m.
Also streets including Courcelette Street from Maisonneuve Boulevard, Hôtel-de-Ville Street from Notre-Dame-de-l’Île Street, Victoria Street from Notre-Dame-de-l’Île Street, Des Allumettières Boulevard from Maisonneuve Boulevard to Laurier Street for vehicles at starting 6:30 a.m. to July 2 at 3 a.m. Notre-Dame-de-l’Île Street starting from Élisabeth-Bruyère Street to Des Allumettières Boulevard will be closed at this time as well.
Gatineau Streets closed on July 1 at 6 p.m. to July 2 at 3 a.m.
At 6 p.m. on July 1 to 3 a.m. the next day, Papineau Street from Notre-Dame-de-l’Île and Élisabeth-Bruyère Street from Notre-Dame-de-l’Île will be closed to Laurier Street. In turn, Laurier Street from Maisonneuve Boulevard to Des Allumettières Boulevard and all access to the Canadian History Museum will be closed to vehicles. And no vehicles will be allowed on the Alexandra Bridge’s on ramp from Laurier Street.
Bicycle and pedestrian closures start on July 1 at 4:30 p.m. to July 2 and 3 a.m.
As for street closures for Ottawa bicyclists and pedestrians, there is no access to the Rideau Canal Locks; the Valiants Stairs, from Elgin Street and Wellington Street; the Dufferin Stairs, from Wellington Street, under the Plaza Bridge from Elgin Street and access to the Trans Canada Trail also known as the Ottawa River Pathway via the Archives to Rideau Canal locks. These closures start at 4:30 p.m. on July 1 and 3 a.m. on July 2.
Bicycles and pedestrians will also not be allowed on the Mackenzie Kind Bridge on July 1 at 7 p.m. until July 2 and 3 a.m.
The only ones allowed to access closed streets on Canada Day are residents with a valid driver’s licence that notes proof of residence, hotel patrons with proof of hotel reservation, people with Official Canada Day circulation access passes, employees of the City of Ottawa and Gatineau, transit supervisors and emergency responders. The only exception is that the Alexandra Bridge will still be closed off for them.
According to the City of Ottawa, transit is the best option for Canada Day.
- Transit will be free all day on OC Transpo and Para Transpo.
- A special holiday schedule will operate on July 1, with additional service during the day and after the fireworks. Only routes that normally run on Sundays will be in service, with the addition of Route 91 service to Orléans after the fireworks.
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
- There will be free Park & Ride spaces 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, St. Laurent Centre 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 Rideau 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.
Monday, 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.).