In Canada's Capital Region — Canada Day 2022

New! Canada Day activities are held mainly at LeBreton Flats Park and Place des Festivals Zibi. On July 1, enjoy in person the shows and activities taking place in Canada’s Capital Region.

Official sites on Canada Day

LeBreton Flats Park New

From 9 am to 10:30 pm

Head to downtown Ottawa to see Canadian artists and participate in activities.


Place des Festivals Zibi New

From 9 am to 10:30 pm

Cross over to Gatineau, just a few steps from LeBreton Flats Park, to see emerging artists and participate in activities.


Parliament Hill

Parliament Hill is among our country’s most iconic landmarks. Like every other day of the year, visit the Hill on July 1 and take part in the activities offered on site.


Calendar of events

In the Ottawa-Gatineau region, Canada Day is a must. Browse the calendar of events to see all the activities in which you can take part.

Map

Use this Google map to make your way in and around Canada’s Capital Region on Canada Day.

Watch live

On July 1, attend key Canada Day events in person. See Canadian artists rock the stage during the daytime ceremony and evening show.

Fireworks

New site! This year, see the sky light up above LeBreton Flats Park with the Tim Hortons Canada Day Fireworks display. Discover the new observation points.

Getting around

Given that many streets will be closed to traffic during the Canada Day celebrations, we encourage you to plan ahead and use public transit or your bike.

Biking to Canada Day sites

People biking to Canada Day sites can use the parking spaces located in:

  • Ottawa near LeBreton Flats Park, on Booth Street, across from the Canadian War Museum
  • Gatineau, close to the Place des Festivals Zibi

Follow the signs to locate spaces reserved for bikes. We ask that cyclists walk alongside their bikes in streets closed to traffic.

Public transit

To get to the Canada Day festivities in Ottawa and Gatineau, use public transit.

OC Transpo (OCT) and the Société de transport de l'Outaouais (STO) offer free bus service throughout the day of July 1. Several free parking spaces are available at park-and-ride locations (parc-o-bus), in Ottawa and Gatineau.

Use the OC Transpo Travel Planer and the STO Plani-Bus to plan ahead. For more information on schedules and services, visit the OC Transpo website or the STO website. To speak to a representative by phone, call OC Transpo at 613 560-5000 or STO at 819 770-3242.

If you are using OC Transpo or STO to travel to LeBreton Flats Park, get off at Lyon Station (OCT) or the Lyon Street stop (STO) to access the site via Wellington Street. Access to Booth Street from Pimisi Station is restricted to persons with reduced mobility.

Street closures

For the most recent changes regarding street closures, visit the City of Ottawa website.

Ottawa

In Ottawa, the following street closures are in effect at all times:

  • Wellington Street between Bank and Elgin Streets
  • Metcalfe Street between Wellington and Queen Streets
  • O’Connor Street between Wellington and Queen Streets

In Ottawa, the following street closures are required from July 1 at 6 am to July 2 at 2 am (may be changed without prior notice, unless otherwise indicated):

  • Wellington Street between Bank Street and Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway
  • Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway between Parkdale Avenue and Wellington Street
  • Sparks Street between Lyon Street North and Bronson Avenue
  • Queen Street between Bank Street and Bronson Avenue
  • Bank Street between Wellington and Queen Streets
  • Kent Street between Wellington and Albert Streets
  • Lyon Street between Wellington and Albert Streets
  • Bay Street between Wellington and Albert Streets
  • Bronson Avenue between Sparks and Albert Streets
  • Commissioner Street between Wellington and Albert Streets
  • Booth Street between Chaudière Crossing and Albert Street
  • Vimy Place between Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and Booth Street
  • Fleet Street between Booth and Lett Streets
  • Lloyd Street between Fleet and Lett Streets
  • Lett Street between Lloyd and Wellington Streets
  • Onigam Street between Lemieux Island and Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway

The following street closure is required from July 1 at 9 pm to July 2 at 2 am (unless otherwise indicated):

  • Albert Street between Preston and Bronson Streets

The following street closures may be in effect from July 1 at 6 am to July 2 at 2 am should there be a public safety requirement to support OC Transpo Light train queue to Parliament Station:

  • Queen Street between O’Connor and Bank Streets
  • Bank Street between Queen and Albert Streets

The following streets are open to local traffic from July 1 at 6 am to July 2 at 2 am (unless otherwise indicated):

  • Upper Lorne Place from Somerset Street West to the end of the street
  • Lorne Avenue between Booth and Albert Streets
  • Perkins Street from Albert to the end of the street
  • Empress Avenue North from Albert Street to the end of the street
  • Booth Street between Somerset Street West and Albert Street
  • Rochester Street from Somerset Street West to the end of the street
  • Preston Street between Somerset Street West and Albert Street
  • Primrose Avenue between Walnut Court and Booth Street
  • Elm Street West between City Centre Avenue and Elm Street
  • Elm Street between Elm Street West and Booth Street
  • Spruce Street West between City Centre Avenue and Spruce Street
  • Spruce Street between Spruce Street West and Booth Street

The following multi-use pathways are closed from July 1 at 4:30 pm to July 2 at 2 am:

  • The Trans-Canadian Pathway (Ottawa River Pathway), from the access point on Booth Street behind the Canadian War Museum to the access point on Onigam Street, at the corner of Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway
  • The multi-use pathway/Trillium Pathway, between the Bayview and O-Train Pimisi stations and the connections with the Trans-Canadian Pathway (Ottawa River Pathway)
  • The Trillium Pathway, from the junction with the Trans-Canadian Pathway (Ottawa River Pathway) to the pathway located at the back of the O-Train Bayview station

Gatineau

In Gatineau, the following street closures are required from July 1 at 6 am to July 2 at 2 am:

  • Laurier Street between the Alexandre-Taché and Maisonneuve Boulevards
  • Alexandre-Taché Boulevard between Montcalm et Laurier Streets
  • Promenade du Portage between Alexandre-Taché Boulevard and Hôtel-de-Ville Street
  • Eddy Street between Wellington Street and Chaudière Crossing
  • Saint-Jacques Street between Wellington Street and Promenade du Portage
  • Laval Street between Promenade du Portage and Laurier Street
  • Jos-Montferrand Street between Eddy and Laval Streets
  • Portage Bridge Road between Laurier Street and Portage Bridge

The Portage Bridge is closed to traffic to allow the public to walk safely between official sites. Please note that from July 1 at 6 am to July 2 at 2 am, the bridge is closed to all vehicles, with the exception of emergency vehicles and buses.

The Chaudière Crossing is closed to car traffic and pedestrians from July 1 at 6 am to July 2 at 2 am.

Visitor information

Planning a trip to Canada’s Capital Region on July 1? Wondering what services are offered at the Canada Day sites? Here is some practical information.

Capital Information Kiosk

Hours
Open daily, from 9 am to 5 pm, including July 1.
Address
90 Wellington Street, Ottawa, (Ontario)
Telephone
613-236-0044
1-844-878-8333 (toll-free)
Email
kic-cik@pch.gc.ca

Canada Day information booths

Open on July 1:

  • LeBreton Flats Park (Ottawa)
  • Place des Festivals Zibi (Gatineau)
  • Corner of Portage Bridge and Laurier Street (Gatineau)
  • Corner of Portage Bridge and Wellington Street (Ottawa)

Presented by Giant Tiger.

Tourist information

Facilities and services

The following facilities and services are available at LeBreton Flats Park and Place des Festivals Zibi:

  • concession stands
  • portable washrooms and washrooms accessible to wheelchairs
  • first aid
  • lost children services
  • lost and found

Concession stands, first aid and lost children services are also available at the corner of Portage Bridge and Wellington Street.

Lost children services are identified with yellow signs showing a teddy bear. We suggest that you take a picture of your children with your phone and decide on a plan with them before heading out. As soon as you arrive at a site, show them where the lost children’s tent is and register them immediately.

Valuable items are turned over to local police:

  • Ottawa Police: 613‑236‑1222, extension 5238 (file number 22‑57481)
  • Gatineau Police: 819‑243‑2345, extension 6661 (file number 22‑27261)

Be prepared to celebrate Canada Day

The festivities start early! Browse the calendar of events for more details. Don’t forget your sunscreen, hat and reusable water bottle. There are water stations to supply you.

Main entrances are located at:

  • LeBreton Flats Park — near the intersection of Wellington and Booth Streets
  • Place des Festivals Zibi — near the intersection of Laurier and Jos-Montferrand Streets

To access LeBreton Flats Park, use Wellington Street. Booth Street is restricted for exiting the site, as well as for persons with reduced mobility.

Access to LeBreton Flats Park is faster for those without bags or restricted items. Expect to undergo a security screening, including a bag check and a metal detector.

Restricted items

The following items are not allowed:

  • alcohol
  • firearms
  • bombs
  • fireworks
  • bags exceeding 35.5 cm X 30.5 cm x 19 cm (or 14 in. x 12 in. X 7.5 in.)

No dogs or pets

Dogs and pets are not permitted on official Canada Day sites, with the exception of assistance dogs.

Universal accessibility

The official sites LeBreton Flats Park, Place des Festivals Zibi and Parliament Hill are accessible to persons with special needs.

For more information regarding universal accessibility on the Canada Day official sites, please contact the Capital Information Kiosk.

Persons with special needs — LeBreton Flats Park

Reserved area for persons with special needs:

  • A viewing platform — reserved for those using wheelchairs or other mobility assistance devices — is located on the North Lawn near the Canadian War Museum’s entrance
  • An induction loop system is available for hearing impaired persons
  • Accessible washrooms and water are available for those in the reserved area
  • Volunteers are on site to help guide you, as needed

Space on the viewing platform is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations and 1 companion only.

Please note that volunteers do not provide attendant care services and that those using the induction loop system will be asked to provide a credit card or photo identification.

Drop off/pick up

Para Transpo and STO Paratransit have access to LeBreton Flats Park. To speak to a representative by phone, call OC Transpo at 613 560‑5000 or STO at 819 773‑2222.

Persons with reduced mobility using OC Transpo to travel to LeBreton Flats Park may access the site via Pimisi Station.

The entrance for persons with special needs is located at the LeBreton Flats Park pedestrian entrance located at the intersection of Booth and Wellington Streets. Special access will be granted to them and their one companion in order to access the site via Booth Street.

Signed language interpretation

Simultaneous signed language interpretation (ASL and LSQ) is broadcast on the giant screens during the daytime ceremony only.

Persons with special needs — Place des Festivals Zibi

Reserved area for persons with special needs:

  • An area in front of the stage is reserved for those using wheelchairs or other mobility assistance devices
  • An induction loop system is available for hearing impaired persons
  • Accessible washrooms and water are available for those in the reserved area

Please note that those whishing to use the induction loop system will be asked to provide a credit card or photo identification.

For more information regarding universal accessibility on the Canada Day official sites, please contact the Capital Information Kiosk.

Do your part for the environment

We encourage everyone to do their part for the environment. While attending events for Canada Day festivities at one of our official sites, please:

  • reuse — bring a reusable water bottle and refill it at our free water stations
  • recycle — put recyclables in the recycling bins found on site
  • compost — put food waste and other compost items in the compost containers on site

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