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La Machine

A first in North America

La Machine, an Ottawa 2017 Signature Event, will occur in downtown Ottawa and the ByWard Market from July 27 to 30. This event will bring giant mechanical creatures, thousands of visitors and five days of intermittent traffic impacts – including one for setup on Wednesday, July 26 – to Ottawa’s downtown.

During this event, businesses will remain open, but there will be numerous traffic impacts in order to create safe pedestrian zones for residents and visitors to enjoy the four-day street performance. Anyone travelling downtown to enjoy La Machine is strongly encouraged to review scheduled traffic impacts listed on ottawa.ca in advance.

Schedule

DAY 1: Thursday, July 27

8 p.m. – Kumo awakens near the National Gallery of Canada

DAY 2: Friday, July 28

10 a.m. – Long Ma awakens at City Hall

10:30 a.m. – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from City Hall

2 p.m. – Kumo Walkabout: departs from the National Gallery

2 p.m. – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from the National Gallery

8 p.m. – Kumo Walkabout: departs from the Shaw Centre

8 p.m. – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from City Hall

DAY 3: Saturday, July 29

11 a.m. – Kumo Walkabout: ByWard Market

11 a.m. – Long Ma Walkabout: ByWard Market

3 p.m. – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from the ByWard Market

3:10 p.m. – Kumo Walkabout: departs from the ByWard Market

8: 30 p.m. – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from City Hall

9:30 p.m. – STATIC SCENE: Kumo and Long Ma at the Supreme Court of Canada

Day 4: Sunday, July 30

2:30 p.m. – Kumo Walkabout: departs from the Supreme Court of Canada

3 p.m. – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from the Supreme Court of Canada

8:30 p.m. – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from Chaudière Falls

9 p.m. – STATIC SCENE: Kumo and Long Ma at the Canadian War Museum

Getting downtown

However you get downtown for La Machine, leave home early and expect delays. Access to some parking locations may be restricted due to intermittent road closures. Parking at City Hall is only $2 on weekends and evenings after 6 p.m. Bike parking is also available at various locations downtown.

OC Transpo, Traffic Services and the Ottawa Police Service will work together to mitigate delays and lessen the impact of rolling road closures on transit.

OC Transpo Routes 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19 and all routes that operate on the Transitway will experience short intermittent disruptions to service or be on detour on many streets downtown while La Machine creatures pass.

Keep up to date by checking OC Transpo’s live updates page or follow @OCTranspoLive on Twitter. Customers can also sign-up to receive email or text alerts by creating a subscription for selected routes at octranspo.com.

On Saturdays and Sundays, customers can purchase a Family DayPass for $10.25, which allows a family of up to six people, with a maximum of two aged 13 or older, to ride on OC Transpo the entire day.

Parking limitations

Access to some parking locations may be restricted due to intermittent road closures. Temporary special event signage will be in place to inform motorists where and when stopping and parking will be prohibited. Pay & Display meters will also be covered to indicate that parking is prohibited. Signage will indicate when a tow-away zone is in effect.

By-law and Regulatory Services will issue tickets and tow vehicles that are parked in a tow-away zone. The penalty for parking in these spaces is $120.00. Owners of vehicles that are towed are also liable for impound and storage fees. 

On-street stopping/parking will be prohibited as follows:

Tuesday, July 25 at 3 p.m. to Saturday, July 29 at 5 p.m.

  • Guigues Avenue, between Sussex Drive and Parent Avenue

Thursday, July 27 at 3 p.m. to Saturday, July 29 at 5 p.m.

  • Giant Tiger parking lot, at 98 George Street
  • William Street Square, north of the intersection of William Street and York Street
  • Parking lot on the north side of York Street, east of William Street – the first six parking spots east of William Street will be unavailable.

Friday, July 28 – 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Friday, July 28 – 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, July 29 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Parent Avenue, between St. Patrick Street and Clarence Street
  • St. Patrick Street, between Parent Avenue and Sussex Drive
  • Clarence Street, between Cumberland Street and Sussex Drive
  • York Street, between Cumberland Street and Sussex Drive
  • George Street, between Sussex Drive and Cumberland Street
  • Byward Market Square, between Clarence Street and George Street
  • William Street, between Clarence Street and George Street
  • Dalhousie Street, between Rideau Street and St. Patrick Street
  • Murray Street, between Sussex Drive and Cumberland Street
  • Rideau Street, between Cumberland Street and southbound Elgin Street

Friday, July 28 – 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Daly Avenue, between Nicholas Street and Colonel By Drive

Friday, July 28 at 3 p.m. to Saturday, July 29 at 5 p.m.

  • Daly Avenue, between Waller Street and Nicholas Street
  • Besserer Street, between Waller Street and Nicholas Street

Sunday, July 30 – all day

  • Wellington Street, between Booth Street and Portage Bridge (north side)

Traffic impacts

Parts of downtown and the ByWard Market will be turned temporarily into pedestrian zones (no cars or bikes), off and on throughout the day.

Business and traffic patterns are scheduled to occur as usual, except where indicated below.

See traffic impact maps.

Wednesday, July 26

  • Rolling closures along Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway and Sussex Drive, between Aviation Parkway and Guigues Avenue, from midnight to 3:30 a.m.
  • Sussex Drive northbound from Guigues Avenue to St. Patrick Street, will be closed on Wednesday at noon until Friday, July 28 at 6 a.m.

Thursday, July 27

  • Guigues Avenue from Sussex Drive to Parent Avenue will be closed all day
  • Sussex Drive between Guigues Avenue and Murray Street will be closed in both directions from Thursday at 4 p.m. until Friday, July 28 at 6 a.m.
  • St. Patrick Street between Mackenzie Avenue and Parent Avenue will be closed from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Alexandra Bridge between Rue Laurier (Gatineau) and Mackenzie Avenue will be closed from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Murray Street between Parent Avenue and Sussex Drive will be closed from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Friday, July 28, MORNING

  • Guigues Avenue between Sussex Drive and Parent Avenue
  • Laurier Avenue West between Elgin Street and Nicholas Street
  • Queen Elizabeth Drive between Somerset Street West and Laurier Avenue West
  • Elgin Street between Wellington Street and Gloucester Street
  • Queen Street between Metcalfe Street and Elgin Street
  • Wellington Street between O’Connor Street and Sussex Drive
  • Mackenzie Avenue, between Murray Street and Wellington Street
  • Sussex Drive between York Street and Daly Avenue
  • George Street between Dalhousie Street and Sussex Drive
  • William Street between York Street and George Street
  • ByWard Market Square between York Street and George Street
  • York Street between Cumberland Street and Sussex Drive
  • Clarence Street between Cumberland Street and Sussex Drive
  • Dalhousie Street between Murray Street and George Street
  • Murray Street between Dalhousie Street and Sussex Drive
  • Parent Avenue between Guigues Avenue and Clarence Street
  • St. Patrick Street between Dalhousie Street and Sussex Drive
  • Sussex Drive between Bruyère Street and St. Patrick Street

Friday, July 28, AFTERNOON

  • Guigues Avenue between Sussex Drive and Parent Avenue (until 2:30 p.m.)
  • Colonel By Drive between Wellington Street and Main Street
  • Daly Avenue between Colonel By Drive and Nicholas Street
  • Sussex Drive between Bruyère Street and Wellington Street
  • Murray Street between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street
  • St. Patrick Street between Sussex Drive and Parent Avenue
  • Parent Avenue between St. Patrick Street and Clarence Street
  • Clarence Street between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street
  • William Street between Clarence Street and George Street
  • ByWard Market Square between Clarence Street and George Street
  • York Street between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street
  • George Street between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street
  • Wellington Street between O’Connor Street and Sussex Drive
  • Elgin Street between Wellington Street and Gloucester Street
  • Queen Street between Metcalfe Street and Elgin Street
  • Laurier Avenue West between Metcalfe Street and Nicholas Street
  • Queen Elizabeth Driveway between Somerset Street West and Laurier Avenue West

Friday, July 28, EVENING

  • Colonel By Drive between Wellington Street and Main Street
  • Daly Avenue between Colonel By Drive and Nicholas Street
  • Laurier Avenue West between Elgin Street and Nicholas Street
  • Queen Elizabeth Driveway between Somerset Street West and Laurier Avenue West
  • Nicholas Street between Daly Avenue and Laurier Avenue West
  • Elgin Street between Wellington Street and Laurier Avenue West
  • Wellington Street between O’Connor Street and Dalhousie Street
  • Sussex Drive between George Street and Wellington Street
  • York Street between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street
  • George Street between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street
  • William Street between Clarence Street and George Street
  • ByWard Market Square between Clarence Street and George Street
  • Clarence Street between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street
  • Dalhousie Street between Murray Street and George Street
  • Parent Avenue between Murray Street and Clarence Street

Saturday, July 29, MORNING

  • George Street between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street
  • York Street between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street
  • William Street between Clarence Street and George Street
  • ByWard Market Square between Clarence Street and George Street
  • Parent Avenue between St. Patrick Street and Clarence Street
  • Dalhousie Street between St. Patrick Street and Rideau Street
  • Murray Street between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street

Saturday, July 29, AFTERNOON

  • Parent Avenue between St. Patrick Street and Clarence Street
  • Clarence Street between Sussex Drive and Cumberland Street
  • York Street between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street
  • George Street between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street
  • William Street between Clarence Street and George Street
  • ByWard Market Square between Clarence Street and George Street
  • Murray Street between Sussex Drive and Cumberland Street
  • Sussex Drive / Colonel By Drive between York Street and Daly Avenue
  • Dalhousie Street between St. Patrick Street and Besserer Street
  • Wellington Street / Rideau Street between Lyon Street and Cumberland Street
  • Kent Street between Vittoria Street and Queen Street
  • Nicholas Street / Waller Street between Rideau Street and Laurier Avenue West
  • Nicholas Street between Daly Avenue and Besserer Street
  • Daly Avenue between Nicholas Street and Waller Street
  • Laurier Avenue West between Elgin Street and Nicholas Street
  • Queen Elizabeth Driveway between Somerset Street West and Laurier Avenue West

Saturday, July 29, EVENING

  • Wellington Street between Lyon Street and Kent Street
  • Kent Street between Vittoria Street and Queen Street
  • Laurier Avenue West between Elgin Street and Nicholas Street
  • Queen Elizabeth Driveway between Somerset Street West and Laurier Avenue West
  • Elgin Street between Wellington Street and Gloucester Street
  • Wellington Street between Mackenzie Avenue and Bank Street

Sunday, July 30, AFTERNOON

  • Wellington Street between Portage Bridge and Bank Street
  • Sir John A Macdonald Parkway between Portage Bridge and Slidell Street
  • Kent Street between Vittoria Street and Queen Street
  • Portage Bridge between Rue Laurier (Gatineau) and Wellington Street
  • Chaudière Bridge between Rue Laurier (Gatineau) and Sir John A Macdonald Parkway
  • Booth Street between Albert Street and Sir John A Macdonald Parkway

Sunday, July 30, EVENING

  • Sir John A Macdonald Parkway between Slidell Street and Portage Bridge
  • Chaudière Bridge, between Rue Laurier (Gatineau) and Sir John A Macdonald Parkway
  • Booth Street between Albert Street and Sir John A Macdonald Parkway

Maps

Traffic map

 

Alexandra Bridge will be closed on Friday afternoon for up to an hour, starting around 2 p.m. 

Traffic map

Traffic map

Traffic map

 

 

 

 

parking map

Getting to the Supreme Court on Saturday evening

The static scene between Long Ma and Kumo begins at 9:30 p.m.

Many roads will be closed due to La Machine activities leading to the Supreme Court and there is minimal street parking in the area. We encourage you to take transit, walk, cycle or get dropped off nearby.

Traffic impacts

Parts of downtown will be turned temporarily into pedestrian zones (no cars or bikes), off and on throughout the day.

Traffic map

Transit

Leave your car at a free Park and Ride lot and take OC Transpo downtown. Use the travel planner to figure out the best route that avoids detours and delays. Purchase a Family DayPass for $10.25, which allows a family of up to six people (maximum two people aged 13 or older) to ride OC Transpo all day.

Cycle

Bike racks are available between Wellington Street and Vittoria Street southwest of the Supreme Court.

Parking

There is no parking at the Supreme Court.

Nearby City parking lots:

  • 111 Kent Street (44 spaces)
  • 392 Albert Street (36 spaces)
  • 234-250 Slater Street (65 spaces)

Here are some parking lots near the Supreme Court. The City does not operate these and has no information about rates or availability; they are listed as a courtesy only.

  • 395 Wellington Street (Library and National Archives)
  • 222 Queen Street
  • 235 Queen Street
  • 361 Queen Street (The National Hotel and Suites)
  • 320 Queen Street (Place de Ville)
  • 350 Albert Street (Constitution Square)
  • 99 Bank Street (Sun Life Financial Centre)

Visit Parkopedia and Ottawa Kiosk for more information about parking in the area.

Getting to the Canadian War Museum on Sunday evening

The static scene between Long Ma and Kumo begins at 9:00 p.m.

Many roads will be closed due to La Machine activities leading to the Canadian War Museum and there is minimal street parking in the area. We encourage you to take transit, walk, cycle or get dropped off nearby.

Traffic impacts

Parts of downtown will be turned temporarily into pedestrian zones (no cars or bikes), off and on throughout the day.

Traffic map

Transit

Leave your car at a free Park and Ride lot and take OC Transpo downtown. Use the travel planner to figure out the best route that avoids detours and delays. Purchase a Family DayPass for $10.25, which allows a family of up to six people (maximum two people aged 13 or older) to ride OC Transpo all day.

Cycle

Bike racks are available across from the Canadian War Museum on the east side of Booth Street.

Parking

There is minimal parking at the Canadian War Museum.

Nearby City parking lots:

  • 111 Kent Street (44 spots)
  • 392 Albert Street (36 spots)
  • 234-250 Slater Street (65 spots)

Here are some parking lots near the Canadian War Museum. The City does not operate these and has no information about rates or availability; they are listed as a courtesy only.

  • 395 Wellington Street (Library and National Archives)
  • 407 Queen Street
  • 320 Queen Street (Place de Ville)
  • 473 Albert Street
  • 350 Albert Street (Constitution Square)
  • 5, rue Laval (Gatineau)
  • 150, rue Wellington (Gatineau)
  • 15, rue Leduc (Gatineau)
  • 62-66, rue Promenade du Portage (Gatineau)

Visit Parkopedia and Ottawa Kiosk for more information about parking in the area.

Six tips to help you enjoy La Machine

Pack Light

With large crowds it’s best to bring less. Avoid bringing pets, strollers, large bags, and chairs to the event. Bikes should be parked securely outside of the viewing areas to ensure the experience is safe and memorable for everyone!

Move around

This is not a parade that you watch roll by as you stand on the sidewalk. As the characters move through the streets, you should move with them. For much of the performance, you will be close enough to interact with the stars of the show.

Plan to do a lot of walking and anticipate large crowds. So, wear proper footwear and keep track of your little ones.

Be patient

Downtown Ottawa will be turned into a performance stage and spectator gallery at the same time. Roads will be closed to accommodate the performance and the thousands of people expected to come watch. You will probably need more time to get around by car, bike, bus or on foot.

Beat the heat

If it’s a hot and humid day, you will want to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day - preferably water - and limit or avoid caffeine and alcohol. Also, look for shade whenever you can. Don’t forget to put on a hat and slather on the sunscreen.

Go shopping

If you want to get a full day’s experience out of La Machine, there will probably be down time between performances. Plan to do some shopping, stop someplace for a bite to eat, or explore a local gallery.

However, Sunday’s grand finale will be in a more isolated location, away from shops and stores. Bring your water bottles and we will have some water filling stations available for you.

Enjoy the moment

This performance is a first for North America and, possibly, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Savour the opportunity to see something you may never see again. Take some pictures that you won’t be able to take later. Have fun. This is gonna be cool.

Schedule

DAY 1: Thursday, July 27

8 p.m. – Kumo awakens near the National Gallery of Canada

DAY 2: Friday, July 28

10 a.m. – Long Ma awakens at City Hall

10:30 a.m. – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from City Hall

2 p.m. – Kumo Walkabout: departs from the National Gallery

2 p.m. – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from the National Gallery

8 p.m. – Kumo Walkabout: departs from the Shaw Centre

8 p.m. – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from City Hall

DAY 3: Saturday, July 29

11 a.m. – Kumo Walkabout: By Ward Market

11 a.m. – Long Ma Walkabout: ByWard Market

3 p.m. – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from the ByWard Market

3:10 p.m. – Kumo Walkabout: departs from the ByWard Market

8: 30 p.m. – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from City Hall

9:30 p.m. – STATIC SCENE: Kumo and Long Ma at the Supreme Court of Canada

Day 4: Sunday, July 30

2:30 p.m. – Kumo Walkabout: departs from the Supreme Court of Canada

3 p.m. – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from the Supreme Court of Canada

8:30 p.m. – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from the Chaudière Falls

9 p.m. – STATIC SCENE: Kumo and Long Ma at the Canadian War Museum