Canada Day fireworks: Where to watch

Starting at 11 p.m., this year’s fireworks show is supposed to be the best

Organizers are touting this as the largest Canada Day fireworks show ever. And clocking in at 20 minutes and 17 seconds, it’s sure to keep your eyes on the sky.

This year, the fireworks with be launched from five locations, including Nepean Point and four other spots along the Confederation Boulevard tourist route.

According to Ottawa Tourism, here are the best vantage points to watch the show, weather permitting of course:

  • The central loop of Confederation Boulevard which runs along Wellington Street, MacKenzie Avenue, Sussex Drive in Ottawa, as well as Laurier Street in Gatineau.
  • Major’s Hill Park, overlooking the Ottawa River.
  • The lawn of the Canadian Museum of History along the Gatineau side of the Ottawa River (note: the Alexandra Bridge, which links Ottawa to Gatineau, is closed to vehicles as of 6:00 a.m. and to pedestrians and cyclists as of 9:00 p.m. on Canada Day — subject to change without notice).

Alternate locations for viewing:

  • Along Echo Drive in Old Ottawa South; or from the Rideau Canal on a canoe or kayak.
  • Historic St. James cemetery on Alexandre-Taché Boulevard (beside the Université du Québec en Outaouais campus) in Gatineau’s Hull sector.
  • Chaudière bridge at Booth and Eddy Streets.
  • Plaza in front of the National Gallery of Canada.
  • Top of the parking garage at St. Laurent shopping centre (Sears side).
  • Rooftop bars in the ByWard Market.
  • La Terrace at the Fairmont Château Laurier (guests of the restaurant or hotel, first come only).


Article written on the CBC News Ottawa Website. Follow the link here.

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