2017 is going to be a HUGE year for Canada, and here in Ottawa, we are intent on starting it off right!
So here is your go to guide for all the street closures, parties, and more.
To sum it up: Everything within about 6 blocks of Parliament hill will be CLOSED to vehicles, with closures starting at approximately 5:00pm, and ending around 2:00am. The Alexandra Bridge has been closed since 8am to both pedestrians and vehicles, and will remain that way until 2:00am as well.
It isn’t shown on this specific map, but there will also be closures on Queen Elizabeth Driveway, around City Hall and down near Landsdowne. You can find all the details HERE.
Don't forget New Year's Eve Celebrations start at 530pm at city hall Sat- free hot dogs; hot choc; amazing DJ skating; lighting 2017 torch— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) December 30, 2016
Mayor Jim Watson is already getting excited about the City Hall preparations, where they will have snacks, skating, and the lighting of the 2017 cauldron (which looks SUPER cool). You can find the details for everything happening there right HERE.
Parliament Hill is going to be home to the party of a lifetime, officials are already saying they expect it to be as busy as Canada day. There will be a ‘pyromusical spectacular’ at 8:17pm, and then MORE fireworks at midnight, as well as some amazing performances. Again, you can find the details HERE.
You can also come see us at Kavali Nightclub, you could head to Rick Chiarelli’s Alcohol-Free New Years Eve 2016 party at Ben Franklin place (a family friendly option, of course), or you can see the Barra MacNeils and get your Scot on at the Hogman-Eh! being put on by the Scottish Society of Ottawa.
But whatever you are doing, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE STAY SAFE.
• OC Transpo is FREE after 4:30pm, the buses will be following a Saturday schedule.
• Need to call a taxi? Dial #TAXI (#8294, the “#” symbol is not a hashtag, kids)
• See something that seems off, or someone that seems uncomfortable? SAY SOMETHING.
• The city is reminding everyone that you can get FREE Naloxone kits from pharmacies to prevent Fentanyl related overdoses and deaths. You can find the details for that one HERE.