Canada Day in Ottawa: What you need to know about the celebrations

A sea of ​​red and white is expected to converge on downtown Ottawa and LeBreton Flats today to celebrate the 155e birthday.

These are the first in-person Canada Day events in Ottawa in three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the first Canada Day with events at LeBreton Flats and Zibi Festival Place in Gatineau.

Ottawa Police said there will be a visible police presence in the downtown area to keep people safe and in the event of a protest.

“Come on, don’t worry. It’s a festival. It’s to celebrate Canada, which is why we’ve gone so far as to put in place the plans and resources around it,” the chef said. acting Steve Bell. Evan Solomon show. “It will be a safe environment, which is why we are here to make sure of that.”

A motor vehicle control zone remains in effect in an area from Sussex Drive/Colonel By Drive in the east to Booth Street in the west and from Wellington Street in the north to Laurier Avenue in the south. There is no street parking or stopping in the area, and any vehicle that does not follow the rules may be ticketed and towed.

Several roads downtown and around LeBreton Flats will be closed throughout the day, as well as the Alexandra Bridge, Portage Bridge and Chaudière Passage.

There are several events organized by “Freedom” groups across Ottawa today.

According to the “Live from the Shed” Twitter account and the Freedom Fighters Canada website, a “March to Freedom” will take place at 3:30 p.m., followed by speeches, live music and DJs on Parliament Hill in 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Canadian Heritage says there are rules for signs, banners and flags at LeBreton Flats for Canada Day.

Cardboard and coroplast signs and banners are permitted, while wood and metal signs are prohibited. The maximum size is 61 cm x 24 cm by 1 cm.

Flags may be hand-held, but may not be attached to any structure or mast.

“Not all posters or banners can be left unattended. Messages that are obscene, offensive or incite hatred are prohibited,” said Canadian Heritage.


Visitors to Parliament Hill will be required to pass through a security checkpoint and be searched by a Parliamentary Protective Service officer.

A sign on the fence along Wellington Street indicates that several items are prohibited, including tables, speakers, barbecues, spray cans, weapons, fireworks and sports equipment.


You can use public transport for free today.

OC Transpo says there will be free service on the Confederation Line, OC Transpo buses and Para Transpo all day.

You can visit the trip planner to plan your trip.

If you are going to LeBreton Flats, you can take the Confederation Line or a bus to Lyon Station and walk to the event site entrance on Wellington Street.

The Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) will offer the service free of charge on July 1 and it is the only option for getting to and from Gatineau.


Several roads are closed today around the Parliamentary Precinct, downtown Ottawa and LeBreton Flats for Canada Day celebrations.

The following streets in the City of Ottawa will be closed from July 1 at 6 a.m. until July 2 at 2 a.m.

  • 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 North Street and Bronson Avenue
  • Queen Street between Bank Street and Bronson Avenue
  • Bank Street between Wellington Street and Queen Street
  • Kent Street between Wellington Street and Albert Street
  • Lyon Street between Wellington Street and Albert Street
  • Bay Street between Wellington Street and Albert Street
  • Bronson Avenue between Sparks Street and Albert Street
  • Commissioner Street between Wellington Street and Albert Street
  • Rue Booth between Passage des Chaudières and Rue Albert
  • Place Vimy between Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and Booth Street
  • Fleet Street between Booth Street and Lett Street
  • Lloyd Street between Fleet Street and Lett Street
  • Lett Street between Lloyd Street and Wellington Street
  • Onigam Street between Lemieux Island and Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway

The Motor Vehicle Control Zone remains in effect from Sussex Drive/Colonel By Drive to the east, Booth Street to the west, Wellington Street to the north and Laurier Avenue to the south.

There is no on-street parking or stopping, as indicated by signage posted on the control zone roads.

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