Ottawa River fireworks show Wednesday: Need to know

Where to watch and how to see Canada's entry at the Casino Lac-Leamy Sound of Light.

When to go, where to park and other information you need to see the fireworks display tonight

Garden City Display Fireworks owner Michael Bohonos stands next to his barge full of fireworks. (Susan Burgess/Ottawa)

Garden City Display Fireworks, based in Beamsville, Ont., is representing Canada Wednesday night at the Casino Lac-Leamy Sound of Light fireworks competition.

Here are some details about tonight's performance:


Weather permitting, it starts at 9:15 p.m..


Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, though the show will also be visible from the Ottawa side of the river.

Some radio stations will also be broadcasting the soundtrack. Click on the Sound of Light website to learn more.

Garden City Display Fireworks has been putting on light shows across Canada since 1980. (YouTube)

Canadian Museum of History

  • Accessible via Laurier Street.
  • Rate: $12.50 per vehicle.
  • First come, first served.
  • Parking and Laurier Street closed after the fireworks until site has been evacuated or until 10:15 p.m.

Notre-Dame Parking

  • Accessible via Victoria Street (corner Notre-Dame-de-l’Île).
  • Rate: $10 per vehicle.
  • Limited space - First come, first served.

Parking around the site

  • Many different lots available close to Casino's gourmet partners, within a short walking distance to the event. Rate decided by the operator, not by the event.
  • Parking in the streets of Gatineau, subject to regular municipal bylaws

Road closures

Alexandra Bridge will temporarily be closed from 8:30 to 10:15 PM on the nights of the event. St. Patrick Street at Mackenzie Avenue, Murray Street at Mackenzie Avenue, and Lady Grey Drive at Sussex Drive, also closed.

STO and shuttle buses

  • Special trips added for Routes 37, 57, 59 and 400 leaving from the Museum after the fireworks. Regular rates apply.
  • Sound of Light shuttle service for people with mobility issues offering parking (for free) and pick-up points at Du Plateau Boulevard by the Loblaws and at the Robert Guertin Centre Park and Ride.
  • Shuttle service return trips begin right after fireworks until 10:15 p.m.