Giant mechanical monsters have invaded downtown Ottawa! But you only have until Sunday to check them out.
La Machine, an Ottawa 2017 Signature Event, is occurring in downtown Ottawa, the ByWard Market and Downtown Rideau, until July 30. This event brings giant mechanical creatures, tens of thousands of visitors and residents and intermittent traffic impacts to Ottawa’s downtown.
Businesses remain open, but there are numerous traffic impacts in order to create safe pedestrian zones for residents and visitors to enjoy the four-day street performance. Anyone travelling downtown to enjoy La Machine is strongly encouraged to review scheduled traffic impacts listed on ottawa.ca in advance.
However you get downtown for La Machine, leave home early and expect delays. OC Transpo, Traffic Services and the Ottawa Police Service will work together to mitigate delays and lessen the impact of rolling road closures on transit.
OC Transpo Routes 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19 and all routes that operate on the Transitway will experience short intermittent disruptions to service or be on detour on many streets downtown while La Machine creatures pass.
Most traffic impacts on Friday and Saturday extend:
- north as far as Bruyère Avenue
- south as far as Laurier Avenue
- east as far as Cumberland Street
- west as far as O’Connor Street
On Sunday, performances and traffic impacts will occur along Wellington Street, the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and Victoria Island. Visit ottawa.ca for a full list of impacts.
The machines began their trek Thursday night but it is not too late to see them. The remainder of the weekend schedule is as follows:
Friday, July 28
8 pm – Kumo Walkabout: departs from the Shaw Centre
8 pm – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from City Hall
Saturday, July 29
11 am – Kumo Walkabout: By Ward Market
11 am – Long Ma Walkabout: ByWard Market
3 pm – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from the ByWard Market
3:10 pm – Kumo Walkabout: departs from the ByWard Market
8: 30 pm – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from City Hall
9:30 pm – STATIC SCENE: Kumo and Long Ma at the Supreme Court of Canada
Sunday, July 30
2:30 pm – Kumo Walkabout: departs from the Supreme Court of Canada
3 pm – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from the Supreme Court of Canada
8:30 pm – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from the Chaudière Falls
9 pm – STATIC SCENE: Kumo and Long Ma at the Canadian War Museum