Ottawa Tourism

Update for Ottawa Area Flood – May 28, 2019

For the information of in-coming travellers to Ottawa, currently Ottawa hotels and most attractions, restaurants, and other services are still operating normally. Many of the Ottawa area biking and walking paths are open for biking/walking, except for those mentioned below.

Most activities in the Ottawa area are not experiencing interruptions due to the floods. Exceptions include:

  • Boat tours, the Aqua-Taxi, and rafting on the Ottawa River are not running. While navigation is open on the Rideau Canal, boat tours are not yet operating.
  • Some pathways along the Ottawa River and Rideau River have been temporarily closed, including behind Parliament Hill and behind the Canadian Museum of History. Please see the list here: http://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/news/impact-of-rising-water-levels-on-capital-pathways
  • Britannia Park in the city’s west end is closed
  • Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau, Québec is closed
  • The Chaudière Bridge is the only bridge closed. Traffic diversions are in place. The bridge reopened to cyclists and pedestrians on May 27, 2019 and will open to transit on May 29, 2019.
  • Some of the Highway 50 in Gatineau is closed in places, but there are detours: http://www.quebec511.info/en/Diffusion/EtatReseau/Route.aspx?id=50

Certain areas in and around Ottawa and Gatineau, especially along the Ottawa River to the west and east of downtown Ottawa, are currently experiencing flooding conditions. Relief efforts are continuing. More details on the affected areas can be found here: