From June 30 to July 2, this weekend will hold the largest Canada Day celebration in Ottawa’s history. Here’s what you need to know before heading out.
- Officials recommend leaving two to three hours before the event you want to attend to get through security. More info on security here…
- There are some things you aren’t allowed to bring, such as aerosols or alcohol. Folding chairs are OK.
- Big name performances in the Hill during the noon show include Gordon Lightfoot, Serena Ryder and Alessia Cara — but there will also be some 14 hours’ worth of performances in Major’s Hill Park, too.
- Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla stop by the Hill around noon!
- A large swath of downtown streets near Parliament will be closed and officials advise against driving.
- Fireworks at 11 p.m. Keep reading for details…
- If you don’t wanna go downtown, here’s some ideas for other celebrations to attend…
Where and when?
Events will unfold in three locations:
- Parliament Hill (Saturday and Sunday only)
- Major’s Hill Park
- The Canadian Museum of History
The full schedule for all the locations is available on our event listing, but here’s the schedule for the Hill:
|09:00 AM – 11:30 AM|
|09:30 AM – 10:00 AM|
|11:40 AM – 01:15 PM|
|01:30 PM – 05:00 PM|
|05:00 PM – 08:30 PM|
|08:30 PM – 11:30 PM|
|04:00 PM – 09:00 PM|
The show starts around 11 p.m. and will last 20 minutes and 17 seconds. Thousands of fireworks will be launched from multiple locations.
Canadian Heritage says the best place to watch the show will be the history museum and Major’s Hill Park.
Travel and security info
Good luck driving, with most downtown streets closed for three days.
The city recommends taking transit to get downtown, which will be free all day on Saturday.
Security will be tight and you’ll have to go through one of two screening tents — one is on Wellington Street near the Sir John A. MacDonald Building and the other on Elgin street near Wellington Street.
There are signs posted in the area about what is not allowed, including common items like aerosols, tripods and hard coolers. If you bring a banned item, it will be confiscated.
Things to NOT have with you if you go to the Parliamentary Precinct during Canada Day festivities pic.twitter.com/6NkmWwuOxc
— OttawaStart.com (@ottawastart) June 22, 2017
The royal visit
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will be on the Hill around noon, where Charles will make a speech. Here’s the full royal itinerary…
Open and closed
Most non-retail businesses and offices are closed, and just about all government services are shut down. Check out our open and closed list for more info.
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