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Canada150

Official sites for Canada 150 Kick Off celebrations in Ottawa–Gatineau (Canada’s Capital Region)

Canada 150 Kick Off information

Capital information kiosk

90 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON

1-844-878-8333 (toll-free) | 1-888-997-3123 (TTY toll-free)

Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (until 10 p.m. on December 31)

Pch.kic-cik.pch@canada.ca

Canada 150 Kick Off information kiosks (December 31 only)

  • Parliament Hill, Ottawa
  • Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau

Tourist information

Facilities and services



Concession
stands

Available at 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 150 Kick Off information kiosks in these locations:

  • Parliament Hill
  • 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
  • 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 before heading out. When you arrive on a site, show your children where the Lost Children Tent is located and register them immediately. Make a plan with your children in case you get separated.


Washrooms

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



No dogs or
pets

Dogs and pets are not permitted at Canada 150 Kick Off sites.

Exceptions are made for service dogs.

Getting around

Public transit is the best option for travelling to New Year’s Eve festivities downtown and across the city. OC Transpo, in partnership with MADD Ottawa, the City’s Safer Roads Ottawa program and other partners, will start its free bus and Para Transpo service at 4:30 p.m. For more information on La Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) public transit, please call 819-770-3242 or visit www.sto.ca. To make planning easier, consult the map of street closures [PDF format, 700 Kb] or the detailed list below.

Information about street closures for Canada 150 Kick Off

Please note:

The Ottawa River Pathway, between the Rideau Canal locks and the Parliament Hill parking lot, will be off limits to the public from 8:00 am, December 30, until 1:00 pm, on January 1.

Only those displaying a circulation access pass, residents, with proof of residence, hotel patrons, with proof of hotel reservation, and emergency vehicles will be granted access to closed streets, except for Alexandra Bridge.

Alexandra Bridge and the following streets will be closed from 8:00 am, on December 31, until 2:00 am, on January 1:

  • Alexandra Bridge and its pedestrian boardwalk, from Mackenzie Avenue, Ottawa to Laurier Street, Gatineau
  • Laurier Street, Gatineau, on-ramp to Alexandra Bridge
  • Laurier Street sidewalk, Gatineau, between the Canadian History Museum and the Alexandra Bridge
  • St. Patrick Street, Ottawa, between Mackenzie Avenue and Alexandra Bridge
  • Murray Street, Ottawa, between Mackenzie Avenue and Alexandra Bridge
  • Lady Grey Drive, Ottawa, between the Ottawa Rowing Club parking lot entrance and the National Art Gallery of Canada parking lot entrance

The Rideau Canal Locks and its following access points will be closed from 8:00 am, on December 31, until 2:00 am, on January 1:

  • Access to the Rideau Canal Locks
  • The Valiants Memorial staircase, on Elgin Street
  • Under the Plaza Bridge, on Elgin Street
  • The Dufferin staircase, on Wellington Street

The following streets will be closed from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm, on December 31:

  • Mackenzie Avenue, Ottawa, between Murray Street and the Château Laurier parking lot entrance
  • Laurier Street, Gatineau, between Des Allumettières Boulevard and Papineau Street

The following streets in Ottawa will be closed from 4:00 pm, on December 31, until 2:00 am, on January 1:

  • Elgin Street, between Laurier Avenue and Wellington Street
  • Queen Street, between Metcalfe Street and Elgin Street
  • Elgin Street northbound thru lane
  • Elgin Street eastbound turning lane onto Laurier Avenue
  • Wellington/Rideau Street, between Bank Street and Sussex Drive eastbound
  • Wellington/Rideau Street, between the Château Laurier entrance (Elgin Street) and Bank Street westbound
  • O’Connor Street, between Wellington Street and Queen Street
  • Metcalfe Street, between Wellington Street and Albert Street
  • Queen Street, between Bank Street and Elgin Street
  • Sparks Street, between Bank Street and Elgin Street

The following street in Ottawa will be closed from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on December 31:

  • Laurier Avenue between Elgin Street and Nicholas Street

The following streets in Ottawa will be closed from 8:00 pm, on December 31, until 2:00 am, on January 1:

  • Metcalfe Street, between Laurier Avenue and Albert Street
  • O’Connor Street, between Laurier Avenue and Queen Street
  • Slater Street, between Bank Street and Elgin Street
  • Albert Street, between Bank Street and Elgin Street

Mackenzie King Bridge and its following access points will be closed from 8:00 pm, on December 31, until 2:00 am, on January 1:

  • Mackenzie King Bridge, between Nicholas/Waller Street and Elgin Street
  • Confederation Park staircase to Mackenzie King Bridge
  • Colonel By Drive staircase to Mackenzie King Bridge
  • Nicholas Street staircase to Mackenzie King Bridge
  • Nicholas Street southbound on-ramp, at Nicholas Street northbound
  • Nicholas Street southbound on-ramp, at Mackenzie King Bridge eastbound
  • Albert Street northbound and southbound sidewalk, at Mackenzie King Bridge westbound
  • Albert Street sidewalk, at Mackenzie King Bridge westbound
  • Slater Street northbound and southbound sidewalk, at Mackenzie King Bridge westbound

Parking

Parking is limited on December 31 due to the crowds and road closures. Use public transportation to reach the Canada 150 Kick Off sites.

Universal accessibility

All official sites (Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park and the Canadian Museum of History) are accessible for people with special needs but may be difficult to access due to weather conditions. On Parliament Hill, a designated area is available for people in wheelchairs at the front of the west lawn.

Do your part for the environment

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

  • Recycle – put recyclables in the on-site recycling stations
  • Compost – put food waste and other compost items in the on-site compost stations
  • Use public transit
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