Red Bull Crashed Ice and Road Closures: March 3-4


Ottawa 2017 is crashing off to a big start as the sesquicentennial anniversary’s first signature sporting event come to Ottawa this weekend!


Red Bull Crashed Ice is a high-intensity action sport where athletes skate down a massive ice track filled with drops hairpin turns, and gaps at speed over 50 km/h. It’s the fastest sport on skates.


The event will be taking place over the locks of the Rideau Canal between Parliament Hill and the Chateau Laurier Hotel.


The events begin Friday, March 3rd with the Shootouts from 10:00-12:30. The gates open at 5:30 PM and the World Junior Championship skates off from 8:00-9:30 PM. Then, the fun continues on March 4th where the gates open at 6:00 PM where the exciting conclusion of the Ice Cross Downhill World Finals run from 8:30-10:00 PM.


As a result of the event, there will be road closures and transit service impacts in and around the downtown core from March 3 to 5, 2017.


Some roads around the Red Bull Crashed Ice venue will be impacted:


  • York Street in the ByWard Market will be closed from Sussex Drive to ByWard Market Square:
    • March 3 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
    • March 4 from 4 p.m. to midnight; and
    • March 5 from midnight to 8 a.m.
  • Wellington Street westbound lane reductions between Mackenzie Avenue and Elgin Street southbound:
    • March 3 from 9 p.m. to March 4 at 3 p.m.
  • Wellington Street will be closed between Sussex Drive and Elgin Street southbound:
    • March 4 from 3 p.m. to March 5 at 6 a.m.
  • Elgin Street northbound lane reductions between Albert Street and Wellington Street:
    • March 3 from 9 p.m. to March 4 at 3 p.m.
  • Elgin Street northbound will be closed between Queen Street and Wellington Street:
    • March 4 from 3 p.m. to March 5 at 6 a.m.


On-street Pay and Display parking will not be permitted on York Street between Sussex Drive and Byward Market Square beginning Thursday March 2 at 12:01 a.m. until Sunday March 5 at 8 a.m.


When planning your trip, be advised that due to the road closures in effect around the venue, both OC Transpo and STO will see some service changes.

  • OC Transpo detours will be in place from March 4 at 3 p.m. until March 5 at 6 a.m.
  • Buses will run along Mackenzie King Bridge and Albert and Slater streets during the closures. Rideau and Wellington streets will not be serviced.
  • Only two Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) stops will be in service during that time: Rideau/Cumberland and the Supreme Court on Wellington Street.
  • OC Transpo customers are encouraged to check com for up-to-date information on detours or delays, and STO customers are encouraged to visit


Admission is free but be sure to arrive early for this incredible spectacle event. I hope to see you there!