Ottawa - Transit is the best option for travelling to Canada Day festivities downtown and across the city, with free service 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.
The free service will be in effect until the end of the service day at 3 a.m. on July 2. The Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) will be providing free service after 10 p.m. on July 1.
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 92, 94, 95, 96, 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 the large downtown crowds, plan to leave home by 7 p.m. to arrive in time for the fireworks.
- 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 after the fireworks only, from downtown to Trim Station, providing a faster alternative to Orléans.
- The last local buses will depart transit stations at approximately 11:30 p.m. or midnight.
Free shuttle between Ottawa and Gatineau
- Buses operate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. between the National Art Gallery and Jacques-Cartier Park.
Information on July 1
- On Canada Day, many downtown roads will be closed to vehicles. Check the Government of Canada’s website for the full list of road closures and times.
- OC Transpo’s Customer Service Centre in the Rideau Centre will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- An OC Transpo information booth will be located at Confederation Square from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The O-Train Trillium Line will run all day and evening until midnight.
The following routes will not operate on July 1: 101, 120, 123, 137, 150, 151, 161, 162, 165, 173, 174, 178, 205 and all peak-period routes.
Further transit information regarding holiday schedules is available by calling 613-741-4390 (open July 1 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.) and by visiting octranspo.com or octranspo.mobi.