These streets are closed to vehicles on Canada Day

A collection of intertwined road closures, road closures and a motor vehicle exclusion zone planned for Canada Day means motorists should plan ahead and expect delays. (City of Ottawa)

Thinking about going to LeBreton Flats Park or the Parliament Hill area for Canada Day?

Because the police expect hundreds of thousands of people to come to the center on Friday, the following streets will be closed to vehicles from 6 a.m. Friday to early Saturday morning.

Officials have said plans can change if necessary and people can follow governments and local media for updates. People are being asked to leave extra time, expect delays and consider free public transport on July 1 to improve traffic flow.

Also check out Ottawa’s forecast for Friday: a mix of sun and clouds and a high of 29 C, with humidity that makes it feel like the mid-30s is at its peak. There is a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and a 40 percent chance of a shower at night.

Ottawa

Although Wellington Street between Elgin and Bank Street has been blocked since the winter’s weeks of occupation, the road in front of Parliament Hill will also be closed at several other intersections.

Wellington’s closure now extends to Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, which itself will be closed to Parkdale Avenue.

Someone passes a road closure sign for Parliament Hill.
Closed road signs over Wellington Street from Parliament Hill on Monday. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

Bronson Avenue and Bank, Kent, Lyon and Bay and Commissioner streets will be closed north of Albert Street. Like Wellington, Metcalfe and O’Connor streets north of Queen Street have been closed for months.

Queen is closed between Bank and O’Connor.

The Chaudière Bridge will be closed to all users, while the Portage and Alexandra Bridges will be closed to motorists only. The Champlain and Macdonald-Cartier Bridges are the two Ottawa-Gatineau bridge options for drivers.

Booth Street is blocked between Chaudière Bridge and Albert. The entirety of Vimy Place, which wraps around LeBreton Flats Park, will be closed.

Nearby Fleet Street will be closed between Booth and Lett Street. The entire streets of Lett, Lloyd and Onigam are closed.

On Friday evenings Albert closes between Preston Street and Bronson 9pm to 2nd July 2am

Other streets west of downtown Ottawa and south of Albert will remain open to local traffic only unless otherwise noted. They are marked in blue on the map above.

Pedestrians and bicyclists will notice that portions of the Ottawa River and Trillium trails downtown will be closed after 4:30 p.m. on the public holiday.

There are also local closures for events in Barrhaven, Kanata, Mooney’s Bay, Orleans and Osgoode.

As with Canada Days in the past, OC Transpo is offering a free service on July 1.

Exclusion zone for motor vehicles

With more anti-government protests expected, the Ottawa Police Department has established a vehicle exclusion zone — similar to the one set for April’s Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally.

The zone, already in force, prohibits vehicles participating in rallies or protests. Other motorists can drive on, but cannot park, and people can roll or walk.

It will expand west on Albert Street on July 1 to Bayview station and east to the ByWard Market, as shown in the map at the top of the story.

The vehicle exclusion zone will last at least 6 a.m. until Monday, July 4.

A vehicle with two parking tickets on the dashboard.
People parking in the exclusion zone may be ticketed and towed. (Buntola Well / CBC)

Gatineau

On the Quebec side of the Ottawa River, Canada Day celebrations are slated to Place des festivals Zibi with more road closures for vehicles.

Rue Laurier closes between the boulevards Alexandre-Taché and Maisonneuve from 6am; so is Alexandre-Taché between the streets of Montcalm and Laurier.

Parts of the rues Eddy, Saint-Jacques, Laval and Jos-Montferrand will be closed.

Like OC Transpo, the Outaouais Transit Company offers free service.

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