In-person events are back to celebrate Canada Day this year, although you can expect more traffic disruptions than in the past.
There will be a Motor Vehicle Control Zone in place from June 29 until July 4. Roads inside the control zone will not be closed. Residential and business traffic, public transit, pedestrians, and cyclists will all be allowed to enter and exit the controlled areas, though motor vehicles involved in any demonstration, protest or rally will not be permitted to enter. There will also be no street parking allowed inside the controlled area, but parking lots and garages will still be open. There will be barricades and a police presence located at access points to the area, and anyone failing to observe the signage and restrictions may be ticketed and towed. You can see what areas are part of the control zone in the map above.
As for July 1st, some roads within the control zone will be closed completely, including some pedestrian and cyclist restrictions, but only until 2 a.m. on July 2nd. You can find a list of all of those closures here.
There will also be several closures in neighbourhoods outside of the downtown core on July 1st including:
- Barrhaven: Strandherd Drive between Dealership Dr. and Jockvale Rd. as well as Borrisokane Road from Cambrian Rd. to Strandherd Dr. from 9:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.
- Kanata: The Parkway between Reaney Court, Leacock Drive and Teron Road from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and Charlie Rogers Place between Ron Maslin Way and Kanata Recreation Centre from 6 a.m. until 11:30 p.m.
- Orleans: Trim Road between Hwy 174 and Petrie Island from 7 a.m. until midnight
- There will also be parking restrictions on roads around Mooney’s Bay
The city suggests that public transit will be the easiest way to travel. As usual, OC Transpo will be offering their services at no charge on Canada Day.