Visitor information - Canada Day in the Capital region 2018

Canada Day in Canada's Capital Region 2018 was a success! Thanks to all who participated, to our partners and generous volunteers who proudly celebrated our great country on June 30th and July 1st.

Join us in 2019, for a Canada Day celebration just as memorable!

Note

On July 1, in order to access Parliament Hill, visitors will have to undergo a security screening and a bag check. To help prepare yourself and for more information about security and restricted items on Parliament Hill, consult the Parliamentary Protective Service’s website and the section below, entitled ‘Be prepared to celebrate on Parliament Hill’.

Capital Information Kiosk

Hours

Open daily, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. On June 30 and July 1, 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

  • Parliament Hill, Ottawa
  • Major’s Hill Park, Ottawa

Open on July 1

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

Presented by Manulife

Tourist information

Facilities and services

Concession Stands

Concessions stands will be available near Parliament Hill, at Major's Hill Park and at the Canadian Museum of History.

First Aid

First aid will be available at Parliament Hill, Capital Information Kiosk – 90 Wellington Street, Major’s Hill Park and the Canadian Museum of History.

Lost and found

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

Valuable items will be turned over to local police:

  • Ottawa Police: 613-236-1222, ext. 5238 (Case Number : 18-89799)
  • Gatineau Police: 819-246-0222

Lost Children Services

Lost Children Services will be 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 will be available on Parliament Hill, at Major's Hill Park and at the Canadian Museum of History. There will also be 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.

For more details, consult the complete list of road closures.

Free Canada Day shuttle bus

For easier access to Canada Day official sites, a free shuttle will be running between the Canadian Museum of History (Gatineau), Major’s Hill Park (Ottawa) and the Supreme Court of Canada from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on July 1.

Stop locations:

Direction Gatineau-Ottawa toward Parliament Hill:

  • Ottawa: intersection of Murray Street and Mackenzie Avenue
  • Gatineau: on Laurier Street South direction, at Elisabeth-Bruyère intersection
  • Ottawa: on Wellington Street, in front of the Supreme Court of Canada

Direction Gatineau-Ottawa toward Major’s Hill Park:

  • Ottawa: on Wellington Street, in front of the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Gatineau: on Laurier Street, in front of the Canadian Museum of History
  • Ottawa: intersection of Murray Street and 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.

Be prepared to celebrate on Parliament Hill

To enjoy Canada Day to the fullest, be prepared and informed. Here are a few tips to prepare yourself.

Main entrance

New this year: the main entrance will be located in front of the Supreme Court of Canada at the intersection of Wellington and Kent streets.

The entrance for people with special needswill be at the Parliament Hill pedestrian entrance at the intersection of Bank and Wellington streets.

Arrive early and bring only the essentials

Access to Parliament Hill will be faster for those without bags and/or restricted items. Expect to undergo a security screening, including a bag check and a metal detector.

Bags not exceeding the following dimensions (30.5 cm x 19 cm x 35.5 cm) or (12 x 7.5 x 14) will be allowed on the Hill. For more information, consult the Parliamentary Protective Service website.

Programming on the Hill starts at 8 a.m. Consult the calendar of events to find out about the fun-filled activities and live entertainment.

Remember to wear sunscreen, a hat and bring your reusable water bottle. You will be able to fill it up for free at water stations on-site.

Universal accessibility

All official sites (Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park and the Canadian Museum of History) are accessible to people with special needs.

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, the Supreme Court of Canada and the Canadian Museum of History
    • free Canada Day shuttle bus between Major's Hill Park, the Supreme Court of Canada and the Canadian Museum of History
    • STO is offering free commuting 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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