Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North

Free Transit all day on Canada Day

Ottawa – OC Transpo is the best option for travelling to Canada Day festivities downtown and across the city, with free service all day on OC Transpo bus routes and Para Transpo. A special holiday schedule will operate on July 1, with additional service during the day and after the fireworks….

Thousands of free Park & Ride spaces

  • Thousands of spaces will be available at eleven OC Transpo Park & Ride lots served by high-frequency Transitway routes 94, 95, 96, 97, 98 and 99.
  • Many more spaces will be available courtesy of these shopping centres: Billings Bridge, Carlingwood, Placed’Orléans, South Keys and St.Laurent, as well as Algonquin College, Carleton University and Canada Post (Heron/Riverside).

Leave early and arrive in time

  • Due to the large downtown crowds, plan to leave home by 7 p.m. to arrive in time for the fireworks.
  • Bus detours will be in effect downtown and on Route 122 in Orléans due to road closures.
  • Mackenzie King Bridge will be closed to pedestrians after 7 p.m., so passengers cannot be picked up or dropped off at that station in the evening.
  • After the fireworks downtown, buses will be available on Slater, Albert, and Bank Streets.
  • The last local buses will depart transit stations at around 11:30 p.m. or midnight.

Free Shuttle between Ottawa and Gatineau

  • Buses operate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. between the National Art Gallery and Jacques-Cartier Park

Information on July 1

  • OC Transpo’s Sales and Information office in the Rideau Centre will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
  • An OC Transpo information booth will be located at Confederation Square, across from the Chateau Laurier, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Note that bus Route 107 is replacing the O-Train, which is closed for service upgrades. The following routes will not operate on July 1: 101, 120, 123, 137, 150, 151, 161, 173, 178 and all peak period routes. Visit or for holiday schedules.

Further information is available by calling OC Transpo Information at 613-741-4390 (open July 1 between 7a.m. and 9 p.m.) and by visiting

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