Driving through the downtown core can be difficult during Ottawa Race Weekend, so make sure to plan your route around the road closures.

Here's a handy list of all race weekend road closures by date, starting with the road closure that will be in effect all weekend.

ALL WEEKEND LONG

Queen Elizabeth Drive between Laurier Avenue and Somerset Street West will be closed from 8 a.m. Friday to 6 p.m. on Sunday, including the Laurier Avenue east off ramp. Access to the National Arts Centre will be strictly controlled.

SATURDAY, MAY 24

  • Laurier between Metcalfe and Nicholas: 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Elgin between Lisgar and Wellington: 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Elgin between Lisgar and Frank: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Elgin between Catherine/Queen Elizabeth Drive: 4:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
  • Lisgar between Cartier and Elgin: 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Elgin between Lisgar and Catherine: 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Frank between Elgin and Queen Elizabeth Drive: 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • Queen between Elgin and O’Connor: 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • O’Connor between Wellington and Albert: 4:30 p.m. to 5:35 p.m.
  • Catherine between Queen Elizabeth Drive and Elgin: 4:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
  • Wellington between Bank and Colonel By eastbound: 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Lakeside: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Bronson southbound between Lakeside and Colonel By: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (lane reductions)
  • Colonel By between Rideau and Main: 4 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
  • Colonel By between Main and Hawthorne: 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Colonel By between Hawthorne and Bronson: 4 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
  • Pretoria Bridge: 4:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
  • Argyle between and Elgin and Queen Elizabeth Drive: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Queen Elizabeth Drive between Somerset and Elgin: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Queen Elizabeth Drive between Elgin and Preston: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

SUNDAY, MAY 25

  • Laurier between Nicholas and Metcalfe: 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Laurier between Nicholas and Elgin: 5 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Queen Elizabeth Drive between Preston and Elgin: 5 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
  • Queen Elizabeth Drive between Lawrence Frieman and Laurier: 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Queen Elizabeth Drive between Elgin and Somerset: 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Elgin between Lisgar and Slater: 5 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Elgin between Lisgar and Cooper: 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
  • Elgin between Lisgar and Catherine: 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
  • Lisgar between Cartier and Elgin: 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
  • Cooper between Elgin and Somerset: 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
  • Wellington eastbound between Elgin and Colonel By: 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Rideau westbound between Sussex and Mackenzie: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Preston between Queen Elizabeth Drive and Carling: 6:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. (northbound lanes)
  • Carling westbound between Preston and Sherwood: 6:45 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Carling eastbound at Preston: 6:45 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Sherwood between Carling and Fairmont: 6:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
  • Fairmont between Sherwood and Wellington: 6:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Wellington between Fairmont and Island Park: 6:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
  • Richmond between Island Park and Athlone: 6:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • Athlone between Richmond and Scott: 6:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • Sir Frederic Banting and Colombine: 6:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Scott eastbound between Churchill and Island Park: 6:15 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Scott westbound between Island Park and Parkdale: 6:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Island Park between Scott and Richmond: 8:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
  • Ottawa River Parkway/Wellington between Booth and Island Park: 6:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Booth between Wellington and Eddy: 6:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • Eddy between Booth and Wright: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Alexandre Tache between Eddy and Montcalm: 7 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • Alexandre Tache between Montcalm and Scott: 7 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
  • Scott between Alexandre Tache and Graham: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Lac des Fees between Graham and St. Jean Bosco: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • St. Jean Bosco between Lac des Fees and Lois: 7 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
  • Lois between St. Jean Bosco and Montcalm: 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Montcalm between St. Joseph and Papineau: 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (southbound lanes only)
  • Montcalm between Papineau and Wellington: 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Montcalm between Wellington and Alexandre Tache: 7 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • Wellington between Montcalm and Laval: 7 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • Laval between Promenade du Portage and Hotel de Ville: 7 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • Hotel de Ville between Laval and Laurier: 7 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • Laurier between Hotel de Ville and des Allumettieres: 7 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
  • Sussex between York and Rockliffe Parkway: 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Sussex, one lane southbound between York and Rideau: 7 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
  • MacKenzie Avenue between St. Patrick and Rideau: 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Rockliffe Parkway between Princess and Aviation Parkway: 6:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Princess between Sussex and Lisgar Road: 6:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Lisgar Road between Buena Vista and Rockliffe Parkway: 6:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Birch between Sandridge and Hemlock: 6:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • Hemlock westbound between Birch and Beechwood: 6:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Beechwood westbound between Lansdowne and Acacia: 6:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Beechwood one lane westbound between Acacia and Crichton: 6:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
  • Crichton northbound between Beechwood and Dufferin: 6:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
  • Dufferin between Stanley and Crichton: 6:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
  • Stanley between Dufferin and Sussex: 6:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Colonel By between Rideau and Hawthorne: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Pretoria Bridge: 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Chaudiere Bridge: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Alexandra Bridge: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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