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Location & Maps

53 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario, at Confederation Square

Public Transit

The NAC is easily accessible via Ottawa public transit, and is only a 5 to 10 minute walk from major bus interchanges including the Mackenzie King and Rideau Street stations. For more information visit OCTranspo.com.

Directions to the National Arts Centre

From Highway 417 heading East and West:

  • take the Nicholas Street exit;
  • at the first set of traffic lights, turn left onto Laurier Avenue;
  • at the second set of lights, turn right onto Elgin Street;
  • there is an entrance to the underground parking facilities of the National Arts Centre on your right, before the Mackenzie King Bridge (exactly at the corner of Slater and Elgin Streets);
  • There is another entrance to the underground parking facilities of the National Arts Centre if you continue north on Elgin one more traffic light and turn left on Albert Street, the entrance is immediately on your right;
  • the main entrance to the National Arts Centre’s Main Foyer is after Albert Street, opposite Queen Street, named Lawrence Freiman lane, turn right and go down the ramp;
  • The underground parking facilities are also accessible at the end of Lawrence Freiman Lane, near the Stage Door.

Note: Queen Elizabeth Driveway is one way southbound and should not be used to access the parking facilities. Delivery vehicles and vehicles over 3.25m (10' 8") in height are exempt and must use Queen Elizabeth Drive. Caution should be exercised when using this approach due to the possibility of encountering on-coming traffic.

From Hull and Gatineau, Québec:

From Alexandra Bridge:

  • take Mackenzie Avenue;
  • turn right onto Wellington Street;
  • at the second set of traffic lights, turn left onto Elgin Street;
  • at the first set of lights, you may turn left on Lawrence Freiman Lane towards the Main Foyer entrance of the National Arts Centre OR continue on Elgin Street south and turn right at the second set of lights to enter the underground parking facilities from Albert Street (immediately around the corner of Albert and Elgin);
  • The underground parking facilities are also accessible at the third traffic light at Slater Street, corner of Slater and Elgin Streets.

From Macdonald-Cartier Bridge:

  • take King Edward Avenue;
  • turn right onto Rideau Street (Rideau St. becomes Wellington St.);
  • turn left onto Elgin Street;
  • at the first set of lights, you may turn left on Lawrence Freiman Lane towards the Main Foyer entrance of the National Arts Centre OR continue on Elgin Street south and turn right at the second set of lights to enter the underground parking facilities from Albert Street (immediately around the corner of Albert and Elgin);
  • The underground parking facilities are also accessible at the third traffic light at Slater Street, corner of Slater and Elgin Streets.

From Du Portage Bridge:

  • take Wellington Street;
  • turn right onto Elgin Street;
  • at the first set of lights, you may turn left on Lawrence Freiman Lane towards the Main Foyer entrance of the National Arts Centre OR continue on Elgin Street south and turn right at the second set of lights to enter the underground parking facilities from Albert Street (immediately around the corner of Albert and Elgin);
  • The underground parking facilities are also accessible at the third traffic light at Slater Street, corner of Slater and Elgin Streets.

Directions out from the National Arts Centre

To Highway 417 heading East and West

If you leave from Albert Street exits:

  • Turn right on Albert Street (Albert is one-way street west);
  • at the second set of traffic lights, turn left on O’Connor Street south;
  • at the intersection of O’Connor and Catherine Streets, you will see the Highway 417 (or Queensway) signs, East and West.

If you leave from Queen Élizabeth Drive exits (near the Canal):

  • Turn right on Laurier Street West on-ramp toward Elgin Street;
  • at the second set of traffic lights, turn right on Elgin Street north;
  • at the intersection of Slater and Elgin Streets, turn right on Slater Street (or Mackenzie King Bridge) until Nicholas Street
  • Turn right on a small ramp leading from Mackenzie King Bridge to Nicholas Street
  • Turn left onto Nicholas Street
  • After crossing Laurier Street traffic lights, you will end up onto the Highway 417 (or Queensway) ramps, East and West.

To Hull and Gatineau, Québec

If you leave from Albert Street exits:

  • Turn right on Albert Street (Albert is one-way street west) all the way until you reach Bay Street;
  • at the intersection of Bay and Albert, turn right on Bay toward Wellington Street;
  • Turn left on Wellington Street, stay in the middle lane and that turns right onto Du Portage Bridge to Hull

If you leave from Queen Élizabeth Drive exits (near the Canal):

  • Turn right on Laurier Street West on-ramp toward Elgin Street;
  • Stay on Laurier Street West until you reach Bay Street;
  • at the  intersection of Bay and Laurier, turn right on Bay toward Wellington Street;
  • Turn left on Wellington Street, stay in the middle lane and that turns right onto Du Portage Bridge to Hull