Plan your travels around traffic impacts from special events

Once again, Ottawa residents and visitors have options for entertainment this weekend but some of the special events and activities taking place will have impacts on traffic.


Motorists are advised to plan their travels with these events in mind:


  • The Canadian National Track and Field Championships are taking place, from July 3 to 9, at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility. There will be no public parking at Mooney’s Bay Beach and the Terry Fox Athletic Facility from July 6 to 9. On-site parking will not be available to ticketholders or beach goers and on-street parking restrictions will be enforced.


  • RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest starts July 6 until July 16 at LeBreton Flats. Ticketholders are encouraged to use their tickets to ride free on OC Transpo, three hours before and after the event. There is also a free, supervised bike valet service not far from the festival site. Motorists can expect heavy traffic and delays in the area due to road closures around LeBreton Flats. The full list of road closures can be found on the City’s traffic report.


  • On Saturday night, at 7 p.m., the Ottawa REDBLACKS will host the Toronto Argonauts at TD Place Stadium. Ticket holders to this game are also encouraged to use transit, bike or walk to get to the site. Parking at and around Lansdowne will be limited. Tickets can be used to ride free on OC Transpo  three hours before and up to three hours after the event.


  • As part of NOKIA Sunday Bike Days, the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, Colonel By Drive and Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway will be closed to motorists this Sunday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.


Using transit to get to and from these events is a great idea to travel hassle-free and OC Transpo’s Travel Planner can help you find the best route to your destination.