Canadian Heritage hosts the big nation-wide celebration, based in the National Capital Region. New this year, the main event sites are at LeBreton Flats Park and the Place de Festivals Zibi. For details, visit the Canadian Heritage Canada Day 2022 website.
Public transit is the best way to get around on Canada Day, especially since OC Transpo offers no-charge special service all day. Use OC Transpo’s Travel Planner to plan your trip. You can also connect with OC Transpo through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Downtown Ottawa will be very busy on Canada Day, with significant parking and traffic impacts. Any restrictions to travel in the downtown core will be posted here.
Looking for something to do on Canada Day that’s a little bit different? Ottawa has plenty of fun, family-friendly activities going on that you can explore all across the city: Fun and local things to do.
- Canada Day in Barrhaven
- Canada Day in Greely
- Canada Day in Kanata
- Canada Day Road Races
- Canada Day in Stittsville
- O Canada Orléans
There are also celebrations or firework displays in these communities. Check with local community groups for details.
- Beacon Hill
- Glen Cairn
- Osgoode Village
- Riverside South
- Trend Arlington
Indigenous events and reflections
Leading up to and on Canada Day, you can learn more about the original Nations living on this land called Ottawa. Here are some events and resources to consider:
- Indigenous Experiences, Mādahòkì Farm, 4420 West Hunt Club Road, Ottawa
- Indigenous Walks, a walk and talk through downtown Ottawa from an Indigenous perspective
- National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
- Indigenous relations resources at the City of Ottawa
- If you're on the O Train, be sure to explore the public artwork by 24 artists at 13 different stations
Traffic and parking
Getting around downtown on Canada Day will be more complicated than usual this year. Plan your route ahead of time and expect delays. Public transit is your best options and OC Transpo is offering no-charge special service on Canada Day. Visit octranspo.com for details.
City Hall will be closed to the public from 5 pm on Thursday, June 30 until 6 am on Monday, July 4.
Motor vehicle control zone: June 29 to July 4
A motor vehicle control zone will be in effect from Wednesday, June 29 at 8 am until Monday, July 4 at 6 am. Here’s what that means:
- The roads are not closed. Residential and business traffic, as well as pedestrians, cyclists and public transit are permitted to enter and exit the control zone.
- Motor vehicles taking part in any form of demonstration, event, protest or rally will not be permitted.
- Barricades, heavy equipment or police officers and vehicles will be at various access points surrounding the control zone, to filter lawful traffic onto those streets.
- There is no on-street parking or stopping as indicated by posted signage on roads in the control zone.
- Parking within the control zone is only available in parking lots and garages. These may be busy, so plan your travel times appropriately.
- Motorists failing to observe temporary no-stopping signage may be ticketed and towed.
- Expect traffic delays in the control zone and on surrounding roads.
- The removal of the control zone, currently planned for Monday July 4 at 6 am, may be delayed should conditions warrant it. Temporary parking signage will remain in effect until removed by the City.
For the most current road conditions, visit the City’s interactive traffic map and select both the ‘Events’ and ‘Incidents’ fields.
Roads inside the motor vehicle control zone
- Albert Street from Bayview Station to Nicholas Street
- Bank Street from Laurier Avenue to Wellington Street
- Bay Street from Laurier Avenue to Wellington Street
- Booth Street from Albert Street to rue Eddy, Gatineau
- Bronson Avenue from Laurier Avenue to Sparks Street
- ByWard Market Square from Clarence Street to York Street
- Clarence Street from Sussex Drive to Kind Edward Avenue
- Cumberland Street from Murray Street to Rideau Street
- Dalhousie Street from Murray Street to Rideau Street
- Elgin Street from Laurier Avenue to Wellington Street
- George Street from Sussex Drive to Kind Edward Avenue
- Kent Street from Laurier Avenue to Wellington Street
- Kent Street from Laurier Avenue to Wellington Street
- Laurier Avenue from Bronson Avenue to Nicholas Street
- Lyon Street from Laurier Avenue to Wellington Street
- Mackenzie Avenue from Wellington Street to Murray Street
- Mackenzie King Bridge from Waller Street to Albert Street
- Metcalfe Street from Laurier Avenue to Wellington Street
- Murray Street from the Alexandra Bridge to King Edward Avenue
- O'Connor Street from Laurier Avenue to Wellington Street
- Parent Avenue from Murray Street to Rideau Street
- Portage Bridge from Wellington Street to rue Laurier, Gatineau
- Queen Street from Bronson Avenue to Elgin Street
- Rideau Street from Sussex Drive to King Edward Avenue
- Rue Eddy at Promenade du Portage and Wellington Street
- Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway at Parkdale Avenue and Wellington Street
- Slater Street from Albert Street to Elgin Street
- Sparks Street from Bronson Avenue to Lyon Street North
- Sussex Drive from Rideau Street to Murray Street
- Wellington Street from Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway to Dalhousie Street
- William Street from Clarence Street to York Street
- William Street from York Street to George Street
- York Street from Sussex Drive to King Edward Avenue
Impacts outside of downtown on July 1
Some of the special events planned across the city on Canada Day impact nearby roads, with closures and parking restrictions, as listed below.
- Strandherd Drive will be closed between Dealership Drive and Jockvale Road from 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm
- Borrisokane Road will be closed from Cambrian Road to Strandherd Drive from 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Canada Day Road Races, Kanata
- The Parkway in Kanata will be closed between Reaney Court, Leacock Drive and Teron Road from 7:30 am to 10:00 am
- Charlie Rogers Place will be closed between Ron Maslin Way and the Kanata Recreation Centre from 6 am to 11:30 pm
Mooney’s Bay (Terry Fox Athletic Facility)
- There are parking restrictions on the roads around Mooney’s Bay
- Trim Road will be closed between Highway 174 and Petrie Island from 7 am to 12 midnight.
- Osgoode Main Street will be closed between Nixon Drive and 5673 Osgoode Main Street from 12 pm to 1 pm
Please expect delays downtown and be aware that regulations may change over the coming days. For the most current road conditions, visit the City’s interactive traffic map and select both the ‘Events’ and ‘Incidents’ fields.
Transit service: OC Transpo
Canada Day is a busy day for transit. Give yourself plenty of time and plan your trip in advance.
There will be no-charge service on OC Transpo buses, O-Train Line 1, and Para Transpo all day (until 4 am) on Canada Day. Fare gates at stations will be open. OC Transpo’s Travel Planner is the best way to plan your trip or visit octranspo.com for details.
Recreation and cultural services
- Wading pools, indoor pools, outdoor pools, arenas as well as recreation and fitness centres will operate on modified schedules. Please check ottawa.ca for details.
- Splash pads are open.
- Beaches at Mooney’s Bay, Britannia and Petrie Island are open and supervised between 11 am and 7 pm.
- Most art centres and museums will be closed on Friday, July 1. Please check with the centre or museum directly for details.
- Shenkman Arts Centre and Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe are closed on Friday, July 1.
- The City of Ottawa Archives and Gallery 112 will be closed on Friday, July 1.
Fireworks and other by-laws
If you plan to light fireworks, remember they are permitted only on June 30, July 1 and July 2. Here are some things to know in advance.
- The sale of consumer fireworks is prohibited in Ottawa, except on Canada Day and the seven business days leading up to it.
Firecrackers prohibited in Ottawa and Ontario
- Under the provincial law and the City’s fireworks by-law, the sale and use of firecrackers are strictly prohibited.
Location and age requirement for discharging fireworks
- Fireworks displays must be directly supervised by an adult, 18 years and older, and must take place on private property – with permission from the property owner.
- Even on private properties, fireworks cannot be discharged if it poses danger to other individuals and properties. This will include any property nearby other homes, apartments, roadways, sidewalks and public spaces.
No discharging fireworks on City parks and sports fields
- Discharging fireworks is not allowed on City property – which includes all parks, sports fields and beaches.
School properties and sports fields are out of bounds too
- The four local school boards – Ottawa Catholic School Board, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, Le Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est and Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario – do not allow discharging fireworks on all school premises, including all track and sports field areas.
By-law and Regulatory Services will have Officers out on the streets ensuring all City of Ottawa by-laws are obeyed by residents and visitors.
- No unnecessary motor-vehicle or other noise, including speakers or shouting
- No unnecessary motor-vehicle idling
- No encumbering a sidewalk or roadway by any means, including setting up tents or other illegal structures
- No public urination and defecation
- No open air fires
- No littering
- Discharging of fireworks – contravening any regulations under Fireworks By-Law.
Tickets will be issued to any individual in violation of any City of Ottawa by-law. Fines for many of these municipal by-law violations have been recently raised to $1,000.
City services and schedules
Certain City of Ottawa services will be impacted on Friday, July 1.
Client Service Centres
- The City’s 3-1-1 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters only. Please visit ottawa.ca/311 for more information.
- The Client Services Centres at Ottawa City Hall, Ben Franklin Place, 580 Terry Fox Drive, 255 Centrum Boulevard and the City’s Provincial Offences Court at 100 Constellation Drive will be closed.
- The Business Licensing Centre at 735 Industrial Avenue will be closed.
Green bin, recycling and garbage collection
- There will be no curbside green bin, recycling, garbage or bulky item collection on Friday, July 1. Friday’s collection will take place on Saturday, July 2.
- Multi-residential recycling container and green bin collection will also be delayed the following week by one day for the remainder of the week. Multi-residential garbage containers will be collected on the regular scheduled day.
- The Trail Waste Facility will be open on Friday, July 1.
Community and social services
- The Tom Brown respite centre at 141 Bayview Station Road will be closed on Friday, July 1.
- The Bernard Grandmaître respite centre at 309 McArthur Avenue will be closed on Friday, July 1.
Ottawa Public Health
- All COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be closed on Friday, July 1. Visit the COVID-19 Vaccine page for alternative vaccination clinic hours and availability.
- Visit the COVID-19 Testing page for testing centre and care clinic hours and availability.
- The Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine Booking Line will be closed on Friday, July 1.
- The Sexual Health Clinic and satellite clinics will be closed.
- The Site program office and supervised consumption services at 179 Clarence Street will be closed. The Site mobile van will operate from 5 pm to 11:30 pm.
- The Ottawa Public Health Information Centre and COVID-19 Information Line will be closed on Friday, July 1.
- Dental clinics will be closed.
Municipal child care services
- All municipal child care centres will be closed.
Stay safe, be well
Ottawa is a safe and inclusive city for everyone. While the City of Ottawa respects the fundamental right to protest, the City is responsible for ensuring residents and visitors feel safe in our community. Canada Day is a celebration of our people and values. The City upholds those values: a diversity of minds, perspectives, cultures and lived experiences, and denounces any displays of hate and racism.
Sometimes we see people who disregard these same values, and this can affect everyone differently. If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, please reach out and speak to someone. For mental health services and supports, please visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca/StressfulEvents.
Keep safety top of mind as you plan your Canada Day activities:
- Keep an eye on the weather and know how to beat the heat.
- Protect yourself from the effects of too much sun with these sun safety tips from Ottawa Public Health.
- Heading to the pool, lake or river? Be sure to practice water safety.
- With COVID-19 still circulating in our community, socializing outdoors is a great option. Assess your risk ahead of time, respect those around you. For more on the current COVID-19 situation, visit Ottawa Public Health.
- Planning on having some drinks? Please do so safely and responsibly. OC Transpo offers no-charge special service on Canada Day. Never drink and drive. Plan ahead.
- Partying? Keep yourself and your friends safe, visit the #PartySafer webpage