Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North

Free transit all day on Canada Day

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.

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 92, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98 and 99.
  • Many more spaces will be available courtesy of Billings Bridge, Carlingwood, Place d’Orléans and South Keys shopping centres, 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 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.
  • New Route 91 will operate after the fireworks only, from downtown to Trim Station, providing a faster alternative route to Orléans. Route 91 does not stop at St-Laurent Station.
  • 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. to 6 p.m.
  • An OC Transpo information booth will be located at Confederation Square from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The O-Train Trillium Line will run throughout the day and all evening until midnight.

The following routes will not operate on July 1: 101, 120, 123, 137, 150, 151, 161, 162, 165, 173, 174, 178, 196, 203 and all peak-period routes.

The Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) will provide free service after 10 p.m. on July 1.

Customers are reminded to check their route for service changes that take effect this Sunday, June 28. Further transit information regarding holiday schedules is available by calling 613-741-4390 (open July 1 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and by visiting octranspo.com or octranspo.mobi.

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