Free Transit Services on July 1st!
Transit is the best option for travelling to Canada Day festivities downtown and across the city, with free service all day on OC Transpo and Para Transpo. A special holiday schedule will operate on July 1, with additional service during the day and after the fireworks. Only routes that normally run on Sundays will be in service, with the addition of Route 91 service to Orléans after the fireworks. Happy Canada Day from OC Transpo!
OC Transpo’s free service will be in effect until the end of the service day at 5 a.m. on Monday, July 2. O-Train Line 2, the Trillium Line, will run throughout the day and all evening until 12:15 a.m. The Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) will also be providing free service on July 1. For more information on STO service, visit sto.ca.
Thousands of free Park & Ride spaces
- Thousands of spaces will be available at 12 OC Transpo Park & Ride lots served by high-frequency Transitway routes 61, 62, 63, 94, 95, 97, 98 and 99.
- Many more spaces will be available courtesy of these shopping centres: Billings Bridge, Carlingwood and St. Laurent Centre, as well as Algonquin College, Carleton University and Canada Post (Heron/Riverside).
Leave early and arrive in time
- If you’re heading to the Noon Show on Parliament Hill, give yourself plenty of time.
- You should leave home by 7 p.m. to arrive in time for the 10 p.m. fireworks display.
- Bus detours will be in effect downtown due to road closures.
- Mackenzie King Bridge will be closed to pedestrians after 7 p.m., so customers cannot be picked up or dropped off at that station in the evening.
- After the fireworks downtown, buses will be available on Slater Street, Albert Street, and Bank Street (south of Laurier)
- Route 91 service will run after the fireworks from downtown to Trim Station, providing a faster alternative to Orléans.
- The last local buses will depart transit stations at around 12:30 a.m. or 1 a.m.
Free Shuttle between Ottawa and Gatineau
- Buses operate from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. between Major’s Hill Park, the Canadian Museum of History, and the Supreme Court.
Information on July 1
- OC Transpo’s Customer Service Centre in the Rideau Centre will be open from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
- Customers can also visit the OC Transpo information booth located at Confederation Square on July 1 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. if they have any questions about transit service on Canada Day.
July 2 Canada Day statutory holiday
- A complete list of downtown traffic impacts and pedestrian zones in downtown Ottawa can be found on the Canadian Heritage website, which includes an interactive map. Additional information can be found on the City’s Traffic Report and on ottawa.ca.
- Visit octranspo.com for holiday schedules, or call 613-741-4390 (open July 1 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.).
- On Monday, July 2 (the Canada Day statutory holiday), a Sunday schedule will operate. Shopper Route 301 will not operate.