Visitor Information

The Capital’s Canada Day celebrations take place at these sites:

  • Parliament Hill, Ottawa
  • Major’s Hill Park, Ottawa
  • Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau
Canada Day fireworks in the Capital

Canada Day Information

Capital Information Kiosk

90 Wellington
Ottawa (Ontario)

1-844-878-8333 (toll-free)

Open daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (until 8 p.m. on July 1)

Canada Day Information Booths (July 1 only)

  • Parliament Hill, Ottawa
  • Major’s Hill Park, Ottawa
  • Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau

Presented by Manulife

Canada Day Hotline

1-844-878-8333 (toll-free) | 1-888-997-3123 (TTY toll-free)
Open daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (until 8 p.m on July 1)

pch.kic-cik.pch@canada.ca

Official Canada Day hotels

The Westin Ottawa website
The Lord Elgin website
The Sheraton Ottawa Hotel Website
The Crown Plaza website

Tourist Information

Facilities and Services


Concession Stands
Available at Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park and the Canadian Museum of History.

First Aid
First aid is available at Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park and the Canadian Museum of History.

Lost and Found

Lost and found boxes are kept at Canada Day information booths in these locations:

  • Parliament Hill
  • Major’s Hill Park
  • Canadian Museum of History

Valuable items are turned over to local police:

  • Ottawa Police: 613-236-1222
  • Gatineau Police: 819-246-0222

Lost Children Services

Lost Children Services are available at:

  • Parliament Hill
  • Major’s Hill Park
  • Government Conference Centre (in front of the building)
  • Capital Infocentre – 90 Wellington Street
  • Canadian Museum of History

Look for a sign with a teddy bear on it. For reference purposes, we suggest that you take a picture of your children with your phone before heading out. Make a plan with your children in case you get separated. When you arrive at a site, show them where the Lost Children Tent is and register them immediately.


Washrooms
Portable washrooms are available at each site (Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park and the Canadian Museum of History).

Getting Around

Road Closures

Roads by Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park, Jacques-Cartier Park and the Alexandra Bridge and the road in front of the Canadian Museum of History are closed on Canada Day.

The downtown area in Ottawa and Gatineau will be closed to all vehicles except those displaying a circulation access pass, hotel patrons (with proof of hotel reservation), residents and emergency vehicles.

Residents of the downtown area can enter by producing a driver's license as proof of residence.

For more information, consult the street closures on July 1 map or visit the street closure web page.

Bus services

  • OC Transpo will travel on Mackenzie King Bridge, Albert and Slater streets. The Mackenzie King Bridge will be closed to pedestrians after 7 pm.
  • Since the Alexandra Bridge will be closed, STO will detour via the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 1

Free shuttle between the Canadian Museum of History (Gatineau) and Major’s Hill Park (Ottawa).

Stop locations:

  • Gatineau : On Laurier Street, in front of Jacques-Cartier Park
  • Ottawa : On St. Patrick Street, between the National Gallery of Canada and Major’s Hill Park

Parking

Parking is very limited on Canada Day due to the immense crowds and road closures. The best way to reach the Canada Day sites is by public transportation and by bike.

Universal Accessibility

All official sites (Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park and the Canadian Museum of History) are accessible for people with special needs. There are universally accessible washrooms at each location. For more information, please consult the People with Special Needs page.

Do Your Part for the Environment

While attending events at the Canadian Museum of History, at Major’s Hill Park and on Parliament Hill, please:

  • Reuse – bring a reusable water bottle and refill it throughout the day at our free water stations;
  • Recycle – put recyclables in the on-site recycling stations;
  • Compost – put food waste and other compost items in the on-site compost stations;
  • Take the Bus or Ride your Bike:
    • Free supervised bike stations at Major’s Hill Park and the Canadian Museum of History;
    • Free Canada Day shuttle bus between Major’s Hill Park and the Canadian Museum of History;
    • OC Transpo is offering free fares all day, on all routes;
    • STO is offering free fares, on all routes, after 10 p.m.

Other Information


No Dogs or Pets

Dogs and pets are not permitted at Canada Day sites.

Exceptions are made for service dogs.

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