RBC Bluesfest is back! Plan ahead for traffic impacts and take transit to the festival

Published on
July 7, 2022
Arts, heritage and events
Parking, roads, traffic and transit

RBC Bluesfest returns to LeBreton Flats this weekend, from Thursday, July 7 to Sunday, July 17. Residents and visitors travelling in the area can expect increased traffic and pedestrian activity throughout the festivities.

OC Transpo is the best way to get to RBC Bluesfest

Travel on OC Transpo is included in the ticket price for event ticket holders. Ride the bus, O-Train, or Para Transpo to and from the festival, starting three hours before the event and up to two hours after the end of the event on the date(s) your Bluesfest pass is valid. Simply show your wristband or pass to the bus or Para Transpo operator or use the video chat function on ticket machines at O-Train Line 1 stations to request access through the fare gate.

Customers travelling on Para Transpo to LeBreton Flats will be picked up and dropped off at the designated location at 1 Vimy Place.

Parking is available at OC Transpo Park & Ride lots across the city at no charge. Use OC Transpo’s Travel Planner to plan your trip.

Getting home after the show

Going east: Take O-Train Line 1 to connect with buses at Hurdman, St-Laurent or Blair Stations.

Going west: Take routes 57, 61, 62, 63, 74 or 75 from Albert Street at Booth Street. To reduce crowding at Pimisi Station, O-Train Line 1 will temporarily bypass Pimisi Station when travelling westbound after the festival.

Look out for signage to find your queue line on Booth Street after the show.

You can also connect with OC Transpo through Facebook and Twitter, or by calling 613-560-5000.

Street closures and parking restrictions

The following streets will be closed throughout the festival:

  • Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway between Booth Street and Slidell Street
  • Booth Street between Wellington Street/Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and Albert Street
    • 6 pm to midnight
      • Thursday, July 7 to Sunday, July 17
  • Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway eastbound between Parkdale Avenue and Booth Street
  • Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway westbound between Booth Street and Slidell Street
    • 5 pm to midnight
      • Thursday, July 7 and Friday, July 8
      • Monday, July 11 to Friday, July 15
    • 8 am to midnight
      • Saturday, July 9
      • Sunday, July 10
      • Saturday, July 16
      • Sunday, July 17

Local street parking restrictions are in effect throughout the festival, please refer to on-street signage. Major restrictions include:

  • North and south side parking lanes on Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, between Booth Street and Vimy Place, are closed until 6 pm on Friday, July 22
  • North and south side parking lanes on Wellington Street, between Booth Street and Lett Street, are closed until midnight on Tuesday, July 19

Visit the RBC Bluesfest website for more information about the festival.

Visit the City’s traffic impacts webpage, interactive traffic map or follow the City’s traffic account on Twitter for additional information on traffic impacts throughout the weekend.

For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca, call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) or 613-580-2400 to contact the City using Canada Video Relay Service. You can also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.