Canada Day Road Closures

Canadian Heritage hosts the big nation-wide celebration, based in the National Capital Region. The main event site is at LeBreton Flats Park. For details, visit the Government of Canada – Canada Day website.

Getting around downtown on Canada Day will be complicated with numerous road closures and parking restrictions near Parliament Hill and LeBreton Flat. 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. For the most current road conditions, visit the City’s interactive traffic map and select both the ‘Events’ and ‘Incidents’ fields.

Canadian Heritage hosts the big nation-wide celebration, based in the National Capital Region. The main event site is at LeBreton Flats Park. For details, visit the Government of Canada – Canada Day website.

Getting around downtown on Canada Day will be complicated with numerous road closures and parking restrictions near Parliament Hill and LeBreton Flat. 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. For the most current road conditions, visit the City’s interactive traffic map and select both the ‘Events’ and ‘Incidents’ fields.

Do you live within the road closure area in red? The restriction zone in blue?

We understand the impact that road closures may cause to residents and the various services that are relied upon - we hope to mitigate some of these concerns for Canada Day 2023. Note that all accesses listed below may be subject to a minor delay from 10:15 – 10:45 pm due to mass event egress. The zone in blue will not be subject to any vetting through the day but will be signed as Local Access.

  • Residents
    Local access will be permitted at all times throughout the day (excluding the event site, Wellington Street).
    Please ensure to always carry your drivers license with home address when traveling in & out of the zone.
  • Garage Accesses
    Access to underground garages for residents is considered local and will be permitted throughout the day.
    Para Transpo
    Para Transpo will be permitted within the road closure zone.
  • Family/Visitors
    Visitors should endeavour to access the area before 5:00 pm (if possible), to reduce potential for delays.
    Visitors should always know who they are visiting and have the appropriate address.
  • Personal Support Workers
    Personal Support Workers will be permitted into the zone for the duration of the event.
    Personal Support Workers should always have proper identification and know the address of the residence they are accessing.
  • Prescription delivery
    Prescription deliveries will be permitted within the road closure zone.
    Prescriptions should always list appropriate address.
  • Food/Grocery delivery (no restrictions in blue zone)
    Food & grocery delivery may be permitted into the zone, as assessed by the Ottawa Police Service if public safety allows.
    Parking will be available along Albert and Slater Streets to accommodate short walks to residences.

Affected roads from 6 am July 1 to 2 am July 2 include:

Bank Street from Albert Street to Wellington Street

Bay Street from Albert Street to Wellington Street

Booth Street from Albert Street to rue Eddy, Gatineau

Bronson Avenue from Slater Street to Sparks Street

Fleet Street from Lett Street and Booth Street

Kent Street from Albert Street to Wellington Street

Lett Street from Fleet Street and Wellington Street

Lloyd Street from Fleet Street and Lett Street

Lyon Street from Albert Street to Wellington Street

Metcalfe Street from Queen Street to Wellington Street

O'Connor Street from Queen Street to Wellington Street

Portage Bridge from Wellington Street to rue Laurier, Gatineau

Queen Street from Bronson Avenue to Bank Street

Slidell Street/Onigam Street from Lemieux Island to Bayview Station Road

Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway at Parkdale Avenue and Wellington Street

Sparks Street from Bronson Avenue to Lyon Street North

Vimy Place from Wellington Street and Booth Street

Wellington Street from Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway to Elgin Street

From 9 pm to midnight

Albert Street from Bronson Street to Bayview Station Road

Slater Street from Albert Street to Bronson Avenue

Albert Street access to blue areas will be completely closed from 9 pm to 11:30 pm for Public Safety. Please access via Somerset Street.

Should you require any other additional information, please don’t hesitate to call Event Central at 613-580-2424 ext. 14163 or [email protected]. Please note that this line and inbox will be monitored on a daily basis. However, immediate requests for service should be directed to one of the 24/7 service providers.

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