Large vehicles

Motor homes and tour buses qualify as “large vehicles”, and there are special parking regulations for each. Review the information on this page, and see more details on encroachment permits.

Motor homes 

The City of Ottawa does not provide parking in Municipal parking lots for Motorhomes.

Motor home operators should know the City’s bylaws related to traffic and parking on highways.

Parking on private property is stated below.

City of Ottawa By- Law 2003-530 Part 2, Section 18 

Subject to subsections (5) and (10), no person shall park a vehicle exceeding six and one-half (6.5) metres in length or a school bus or permit a vehicle exceeding six and one-half (6.5) metres in length or school bus to remain parked on a highway at any time between 9:00 p.m. of one day and 7:00 a.m. of the next following day.

Subject to the other provisions of this by-law, the provisions of subsection (4), stated above, shall not apply to vehicles exceeding six and one-half (6.5) metres in length or school buses parked on designated truck routes.

When parking on private property, get permission from the property owner and observe any restrictions they may have.

Free parking locations for motor homes: 

Place Address Fee Daytime Overnight Additional
Casino Du Lac Leamy 1 Boulevard du Casino Gatineau QC Free 8:30 am to 4 am No
  • Parking in designated areas
  • Casino Guest only
Rideau Carleton Raceway 4837 Albion Rd, Ottawa, ON Free Open 24 hrs Yes
  • Parking only available in the south parking lot.
  • No hook-ups available for overnight staying
  • Must register with Casino Courtesy desk.
  • Designated parking areas will be confirmed
Walmart 2210 Bank Street Ottawa, ON   Free Mon to Sat
7 am to 10 pm Sun
8 am to 8 pm
  • Must confirm with store manager in advance
1350 Richmond Rd Ottawa, ON Free Mon to Sat
7 am to 10 pm Sun
8 am to 8 pm
  • Must confirm with store manager in advance
3651 Strandherd Dr Ottawa, ON Free Mon to Sat
7 am to 10 pm Sun
8 am to 8 pm
  • Must confirm with store manager in advance
3900 Innes Rd Orleans, ON Free Mon to Sat
7 am to 10 pm Sunday
8 am to 8 pm
  • Must confirm with store manager in advance
35 Boul.Du Plateau Gatineau QC Free Mon to Fri
8 am to 9 pm Sat/Sun
8 am to 5 pm
  • Must confirm with store manager in advance
640 Boul Maloney West Gatineau QC Free Mon to Fri
8 am to 9 pm Sat/Sun
8 am to 5 pm
  • Must confirm with store manager in advance

Like other large vehicles, tour buses have unique parking regulations. Tour buses 

Important reminder: Construction projects can affect traffic flow on city roads. Tour bus operators should be aware of current projects when planning routes. 

Free tour bus parking (see map):

  • Robert Guertin Center, 125 De Carillon Street, Gatineau, QC (7 am to 5 pm – Mon to Sun)

Note: Tour bus spaces are available on a first-come first-served basis

Metered tour bus parking  

Yellow tour bus parking meters like this one are located throughout the city.Yellow tour bus parking meters are located on-street throughout the downtown area. Parking fees are $1.50 for 20 minutes. Meters accept 25¢, $1 and $2 coins and Credit Cards.  Operators are also permitted to park at the metered tour bus parking areas using the 24 hour Tour Bus Parking Permit.

Weekend parking 

Free weekend parking is available on weekends at City lots and on-street parking meters located within the downtown core (bounded in the east by the Rideau Canal and in the west by Bronson Avenue, to the north by Wellington Street, and in the south by Catherine Street). Please check parking signs, as time restrictions may apply.


Maximum allowable parking duration at a tour bus meter is posted on the controlling on street regulatory sign. In addition, a Parking infraction Notice (PIN) Parking Ticket may be issued for parking at a:

  • defective meter or
  • hodded meter

To avoid committing a parking infraction, find an alternte parking space.  Alternate parking can be found on the printable tour bus parking map.

24-hour Tour bus parking permits 

24-hour Tour Bus Parking Permit is used by tour bus operators to park at any of the yellow tour bus parking meters. Permits are valid for a maximum period of 24 consecutive hours and allow the driver to park at any designated tour bus meter without having to pay. The permit indicates both the time and date of expiry.

Purchasing a 24-hour Tour bus parking permit 

Please call 3-1-1 for information on purchasing a 24-hour Tour Bus Parking Permit.

For additional convenience Tour Bus Parking permits can now be purchased at the Champagne Pool Recreation Facility located at 321 King Edward Avenue. 

Closed: June 25 to July 13 inclusively for annual maintenance and will re-open on July 14.
Permits can be obtained at the City of Ottawa Client Service Centre at 110 Laurier Avenue

The facility is open during the following hours;

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 6:30 am to 9:45 pm
Thursday 9 am to 9:45 pm
Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 4:45 pm
Closed all statutory holidays
Closed: June 25 to July 13 inclusively 

Map of tour bus parking areas:

Map of tour bus parking areas in the Ottawa area

Tour bus operators coming to Parliament Hill  

Tour buses are not allowed on Parliament Hill, this includes all areas north of Wellington Street between the Rideau Canal and Kent Street. Buses will be immediately turned away or subject to fees associated with ticketing and towing if they are found on the Hill. These provisions are in place 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

Tour Bus operators are required to use the drop-off and pick-up zones indicated on this map. Tour buses must depart immediately after dropping off and/or picking up passengers as these spaces are not parking spots. Please note the times and locations for off-peak hours and rush hours.

Most of the pick-up and drop-off zones identified on the map are within a short walk to the Parliament Hill Visitor Welcome Centre entrance located at the base of the Peace Tower.

Please be reminded that this information is subject to change. The co-operation of the visiting public is appreciated.

Map of downtown core with pertinent tour bus stops noted 


 Ottawa Site Asset Off-peak hours pickup/drop-off;
Monday to Friday, 9 am to 3 pm and after 6 pm;
Saturday and Sunday, all day
  1. Justice Building
  2. Confederation Building
  3. Wellington Building
  4. West Block
  5. Center Block
  6. East Block
 Ottawa Site Asset  Pick-up and drop-off anytime(only 2 spaces at each location).

 Tour bus operators and tour organizers planning a visit to Rideau Hall 

LAY-BY AREA – Stopping point/pick-up/drop-off  

Tour Buses are required to use the Lay-by Area for drop-off and pick-up of visitors. Although parking is allowed, Tour Bus drivers must remain with their bus at all times..

If you have any questions concerning tour bus parking at Rideau Hall, you may contact the Rideau Hall Visitors Services Office at 613-991-4422 or 1-866-842-4422.

Overflow holding area  

If there is an overflow in the Lay-by Area, tour bus operators may use the Overflow Holding Area in Rockcliffe Park. Bus drivers may park for longer periods and may leave their bus to use the nearby services such as the washrooms and the snack bar. Please consult the tour bus lay-by or bus holding area maps for details.

This information is subject to change. Your co-operation is appreciated. 

Idling motor vehicles 

Re: Tour buses
Noise By-Law - Section 10
No person shall operate or permit the operation of an engine or motor in, or on, any motor vehicle or item of attached auxiliary equipment for a continuous period exceeding five (5) minutes, while such vehicle is stationary unless:  

  • The vehicles are operated by a private bus transportation company in the course of providing transportation services and the vehicles are carrying passengers 
  • Weather conditions justify the use of heating or refrigerating systems powered by the motor or engine for the safety and welfare of the operator, passengers or animals, or the preservation of perishable cargo, and the vehicle is stationary for purposes of actively loading or unloading.


For more information, please call 3-1-1
TTY: 613-580-2401

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