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 and the Aqua-Taxi on the Ottawa River are not running (however, boat tours on the Rideau Canal are scheduled to begin on May 24)
- 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
- Most trails in Gatineau Park are open for use, except for those listed here: http://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/trails-conditions
- 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.
- 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:
- The City of Ottawa Interactive Traffic Map. NOTE: check off “Incidents” along the left side of the map to see current road closures: https://traffic.ottawa.ca/map/
- The City of Gatineau Interactive Map: https://www.gatineau.ca/portail/default.aspx?p=avis_importants_alertes_urgences/20190319_crue_printaniere_2019