Visitor information – Canada Day in the Capital region 2017

Note

From June 30 to July 2, visitors to Parliament Hill will have to undergo a security screening and a bag check at either of the two tents set up for these purposes. For more information about security and restricted items on Parliament Hill, consult the Parliamentary Protective Service’s website.

Capital Information Kiosk

Hours

Open daily, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Address

90 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON

Telephone

1-844-878-8333 (toll free)
1-888-997-3123 (TTY toll-free)

Canada Day information booths

Open on June 30, July 1 and 2.

  • Parliament Hill, Ottawa
  • Major’s Hill Park, Ottawa
  • Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau

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Tourist information

Facilities and services

Concession Stands

Concessions stands are available near Parliament Hill, at Major’s Hill Park and at the Canadian Museum of History.

First Aid

First aid is available at Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park and the Canadian Museum of History.

Lost and found

Lost and found boxes are kept at Canada Day information booths at Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park and the Canadian Museum of History.

Valuable items are turned over to local police:

  • Ottawa Police: 613-236-1222, ext. 5238
  • Gatineau Police: 819-246-0222

Lost Children Services

Lost Children Services are available at:

  • Parliament Hill
  • Major’s Hill Park
  • Government Conference Centre (in front of the building)
  • Capital Information Kiosk – 90 Wellington Street
  • Canadian Museum of History

Look for a yellow banner with a teddy bear on it. For reference purposes, we suggest that you take a picture of your children with your phone before heading out. Make a plan with your children in case you get separated. When you arrive at a site, show them where the Lost Children Tent is and register them immediately.

Washrooms

Portable washrooms are available on Parliament Hill, at Major’s Hill Park and at the Canadian Museum of History. There are also universally accessible washrooms at each location.

Getting around

Road closures

Roads by Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park, Jacques-Cartier Park and the Alexandra Bridge and the road in front of the Canadian Museum of History are closed on Canada Day. See the complete list of closed streets.

Canada Day shuttle bus

A free shuttle will be running between the Canadian Museum of History (Gatineau) and Major’s Hill Park (Ottawa) from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on July 1.

Stop locations:

  • Gatineau: on Laurier Street, in front of the Canadian Museum of History
  • Ottawa: on Murray Street, at the corner of MacKenzie Avenue

Parking

Parking is very limited on Canada Day due to the large crowds and road closures. The best way to get around on Canada Day sites is by using public transportation or by bicycle.

Universal accessibility

All official sites (Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park and the Canadian Museum of History) are accessible to people with special needs. Learn more about the various accessibility services that will be offered on June 30, July 1 and 2.

Do your part for the environment

While attending events at the Canadian Museum of History, Major’s Hill Park and on Parliament Hill, 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
  • Take the bus or ride your bike:
    • free supervised bike stations at Major’s Hill Park and the Canadian Museum of History
    • free Canada Day shuttle bus between Major’s Hill Park and the Canadian Museum of History
    • OC Transpo is offering free fares all day, on all routes
    • STO is offering free fares all day, on all routes

Other information

No dogs or pets

Dogs and pets are not permitted at Canada Day official sites.

Exceptions are made for service dogs.

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