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Last updated on June 27, 2022

Canada Day 2022

This year, official Canada Day programming takes place at two new Canada Day sites – LeBreton Flats Park in Ottawa and Place des festivals Zibi in Gatineau – due to construction on Parliament Hill related to the Centre Block Rehabilitation project. The iconic Parliament Hill, however, remains an open and accessible place for photos on Canada Day and any day. Visit the official Canada Day website for details on 2022 sites and programming. 

As part of Canada Day planning each year, roads are closed, and security is increased around Parliament Hill and official sites. This year, road closures and increased security measures including a motor vehicle control zone will be in effect from Wednesday, June 29 to Monday, July 4. It is recommended to use public transportation (free OC Transpo service is offered on Friday, July 1) to navigate the downtown area during this time. Please also review Visitor Information from Canadian Heritage for practical information.

For real-time traffic and on-the-ground updates, visit the City of Ottawa’s Interactive Traffic Map and the Ottawa Police Service Twitter.


COVID-19 Update

Ottawa Tourism’s top priority is the health and safety of our community and our visitors. Ottawa Tourism encourages all visitors to fully review travel requirements (summarized below) before travel, and to follow all public health measures while visiting Ottawa. Ottawa has a high rate of vaccination and tourism operators are diligent with safety protocols.

Proof of vaccination and masks are not required in indoor public spaces in Ontario or Québec, although individual establishments may still ask their customers to wear a mask. Please verify exact conditions with any businesses or attractions you may plan to visit to get up-to-date information.

Travel and Vaccination Considerations:

  • Travelling within Canada: Domestic travel does not require proof of full vaccination.
  • Travelling to Ottawa from abroad: Canada’s border is open for fully vaccinated visitors, and pre-travel tests are not required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada. Check exact requirements, including the required ArriveCAN mobile app, before crossing the border. 

For additional COVID-19 related information, visit the following websites:

Ottawa Tourism has been awarded the #SafeTravels Stamp, which recognizes organizations that have adopted standardized protocols regarding health and hygiene. This exemplifies the organization’s commitment to the safety and wellbeing of the destination, its residents and community members, and of Ottawa Tourism’s clients and stakeholders.

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