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Canada Day in Ottawa: 10 Things to Know About Canada Day Events in Ottawa

Canada Day in Ottawa: 10 Things to Know About Canada Day Events in Ottawa

CTVNewsOttawa.ca looks at 10 things you need to know about Canada Day festivities in Ottawa.

The national Canada Day celebration will be held at LeBreton Flats, with festivities also planned on Parliament Hill and in Old Hull. Canada Day celebrations are being held in communities across Ottawa.

Public transport

OC Transpo is offering free service on Canada Day.

On July 1, there will be free service all day on the Confederation Line, OC Transpo buses and Para Transpo.

OC Transpo reports that additional services will run throughout the day and evening, with service free until 4am on July 2.

If you plan to arrive at LeBreton Flats by public transport, the best option is to take the Confederation Line to Lyon Station and then walk to the main entrance on Wellington Street.

Pimisi Station is open on Mondays only for local residents and people with reduced mobility.

Road closures

On Canada Day, several roads and trails will be closed in downtown Ottawa and near LeBreton Flats.

Below is a list of road closures in Ottawa from 6 a.m. on July 1 to 2 a.m. on July 2.

  • Bank Street from Albert Street to Wellington Street
  • Bay Street from Albert Street to Wellington Street
  • Booth Street from Albert Street to Rue Eddy, Gatineau
  • Bronson Avenue from Slater Street to Sparks Street
  • Fleet Street from Lett Street and Booth Street
  • Kent Street from Albert Street to Wellington Street
  • Kichi Zibi Mikan on Parkdale Avenue and Wellington Street
  • Lett Street from Fleet Street and Wellington Street
  • Lloyd Street from Fleet Street and Lett Street
  • Lyon Street from Albert Street to Wellington Street
  • Metcalfe Street from Queen Street to Wellington Street
  • O’Connor Street from Queen Street to Wellington Street
  • Portage Bridge from Wellington Street to Rue Laurier, Gatineau
  • Queen Street from Bronson Avenue to Bank Street
  • Slidell Street/Onigam Street from Lemieux Island to Bayview Station Road
  • Sparks Street from Bronson Avenue to Lyon Street North
  • Vimy Place from Wellington Street and Booth Street
  • Wellington Street from Kichi Zibi Mikan to Elgin Street

Road closures from 6pm on July 1st until midnight

  • Albert Street from Bronson Street to Bayview Station Road
  • Slater Street from Albert Street to Bronson Avenue

A look at the road closures on Canada Day, July 1, 2024. Red indicates roads will be closed from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. on July 2, yellow indicates roads will be closed from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. on July 2, and green indicates the road will be closed from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on July 2. (Canadian Heritage/Website)

LeBreton Flats Park

The national Canada Day celebration takes place Monday at LeBreton Flats.

The daytime ceremony begins at 12:00 and includes performances by Bedouin Soundclash and Marie-Mai. There will also be a Royal Canadian Air Force Centennial Flypas.

The Canada Day Evening Show runs from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM and features musical performances by Chromeo, Corneille, FouKi, Kanen, Kiesza, Maestro Fresh Wes, Metric, Neon Dreams, Notorious Cree, Qattuu, Sara Dufour and Willows.

The Canada Day fireworks show at LeBreton Flats Park runs from 10:00 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.

The City of Ottawa says you can see the fireworks from LeBreton Flats Park and on streets near the area.

‘Parade in the air’

The Royal Canadian Air Force celebrates its centennial with a ‘Parade in the Sky’ on Canada Day.

Billed as the largest flypast in two decades on Canada Day, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and other aircraft will fly over Ottawa on Monday at 1 p.m. The parade travels from east to west, starting just south of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum and continuing west over Parliament Hill and then over LeBreton Flats.

The flypast will last approximately 20 minutes and will include aircraft from current, historic and future RCAF fleets.

“The aircraft range in size from small training aircraft such as the CT-156 Harvard II to large transport aircraft such as the CC-177 Globemaster and the CC-330 Husky,” the Defense Department said.

“Smaller jet aircraft such as the CT-114 Tutor flown by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, as well as CF-18s.”

Parliament Hill and Old Hull

Canadian Heritage also hosts Canada Day events on Parliament Hill and in Old Hull.

Events on Parliament Hill include the Royal Canadian Air Force Pipes and Drums, the Ceremonial Guard Band and the Royal Canadian Air Force Centennial Flypast. The Skyhawks, the Canadian Forces’ parachute team, will land on Parliament Hill between 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will perform an aerial display from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. (weather permitting)

Canada Day in Old Hull includes family fun on Laval Street and musical performances.

Click here for a list of Canada Day events.

Canada Day celebrations in your community

Barrhaven: The Canada Day Barrhaven event will be held on Monday at Clarke Fields in Barrhaven. The festivities last from 8:30 AM until fireworks at 10:00 PM.

Canada Day Road Races: The 36e edition of the Otto’s Canada Day Road Races will take place on Monday from 7:30am to 10:00am

Dunrobin: The Dunrobin Canada Day Celebration takes place at the Dunrobin Community Centre from 4pm until after the sunset fireworks.

Greely: The Greely Community Association’s Canada Day event will take place at the Greely Community Centre from noon to 11 p.m., with fireworks at sunset.

Kanata:Kanata’s Canada Day festivities are held Sunday and Monday at Walter Baker Park.

Orleans: The OHHH Canada Kids Festival Jeunesse will be held Monday at Millenium Park.

Osgoode: Osgoode’s Canada Day Festival will be held at Osgoode Village Park and Stuart Holmes Arena on Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Riverbank South: The Canada Day celebration will be held at Claudette Cain Park from 10am to 2pm, followed by music from 8pm and fireworks at dusk.

Stittsville: Canada Day in Stittsville will be held at Sacred Heart High School from 6 to 11 p.m.

Trends Arlington: Celebrate Canada Day in Ottawa’s Trend Arlington neighborhood from 5 to 10 p.m., with a barbecue, live music, face painting, a bounce house, lawn games and fireworks.

Fireworks in Ottawa neighborhoods

Ottawa Redblacks: The Ottawa Redblacks will have a fireworks show after Sunday’s game against Hamilton at TD Place.

Barrhaven: The Canada Day Barrhaven event at Clarke Fields in Barrhaven includes a fireworks show at 10 p.m. on Monday

Beacon Hill: The Beacon Hill Community Association hosts fireworks in Loyola Park at sunset on July 1.

Dunrobin: The Dunrobin Canada Day celebration on July 1 at the Dunrobin Community Center will feature fireworks at sunset.

Eager: The Greely Community Association Canada Day event on Monday will feature fireworks at dusk at the Greely Community Centre.

Kanata: During the Canada Day event in Kanata, fireworks are set off at 10:00 p.m. The July 1 fireworks are held at Walter Baker Park.

Osgoode: Enjoy the fireworks at Osgoode Village Park on July 1st at 10pm.

Rideau Carleton Racecourse: Rideau Carleton Raceway is hosting a family-friendly Canada Day celebration on July 1, including fireworks at sunset

Riverbank South: The Riverside South Community Association’s Canada Day festival includes fireworks at dusk on July 1. The party will be held at Claudette Cain Park.

Stittsville: Stittsville’s Canada Day celebration at Sacred Heart High School includes fireworks at dusk.

Trend Arlington: Fireworks at 50 Bellman Drive in Trend Arlington are scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Monday.

Other Canada Day Events in Ottawa

Wellington Street 100: Canada Day at 100 Wellington Street includes a temporary exhibit on Inuit culture, history and way of life. The event is on Monday from 10am to 4pm and is free.

ByWard Market: Celebrate Canada Day at the ByWard Market on Monday with live music, delicious food and unique experiences. Explore the Real Fly Market and attend the dance party.

National Art Center: The NAC Orchestra and special guests will perform a Canada Day concert on July 1 at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Rideau Carleton Casino:The family-friendly Canada Day festivities include a performance by the Northern Pikes, a DJ and fireworks.

Free concert: The Ottawa Jazz Festival invites you to enjoy a free show with Ottawa-based Trad Jazz quartet Capital City Stompers at Confederation Park.

Museums

Other things to do on July 1st

  • Ottawa’s beaches at Mooney’s Bay, Britannia and Petrie Island are open all weekend, with lifeguards on duty daily from noon to 7 p.m.
  • Paddling pools, outdoor pools and water playgrounds are open.
  • Most community centers are closed, while most arenas, recreation and fitness centers will be open with modified schedules. Check each facility’s page for hours information.