Getting here

Partial closure of Elgin street

Elgin Street is now closed from Laurier Avenue to Catherine Street. Signed detours are in place and some delays are expected. More details on the City of Ottawa website.

Entrances

There are two main entrances to the NAC. The main entrance is located at the corner of Queen and Elgin facing the National War Memorial.

The second entrance faces the Rideau Canal and is not currently accessible while Freiman Lane is closed for maintenance this summer.

Driving directions

The National Arts Centre is located at 1 Elgin st. The building is near The National War Memorial, Confederation Park, and the CF Rideau Centre mall

Pick-up, drop-off and taxis

Drop-off

If you are getting dropped-off at the NAC, the passenger drop-off zone is located at level 3 of the parking garage.

Drivers should enter the parking garage using the Albert Street entrance and follow the signs to the drop-off zone.

After dropping-off the passenger, drivers should continue towards the Queen Elizabeth exit and present the parking ticket to the cashier. There is no charge for dropping-off passengers.

Pick-up

If you are getting picked-up, the passenger pick-up zone is located at level 1 of the parking garage.

Drivers should enter the parking garage using the Elgin/Slater Street entrance and follow the signs to the pick-up zone.

After picking-up the passenger, drivers should continue down to level 3 of the parking garage following the exit signs and present the parking ticket to the cashier. There is no charge for picking-up passengers.

Taxis

If arriving at the NAC by taxi, from Monday to Friday between 8am to 4pm, we recommend that you instruct your taxi to drop-off at the lay-by on Elgin Street.

During evenings and weekends, it's possible to drop-off at Level 3 of the parking garage.

Public Transit

The NAC is only a 5 to 10-minute walk from major bus interchanges, including the Mackenzie King and Rideau Street stations. For bus schedules and maps please refer to your bus website.

Para Transpo

Para Transpo is a shared-ride, book-in-advance, public transit service. The service is open to eligible customers who are unable to take conventional transit (buses and O-Train) some or all of the time due to a disability. It is funded by the City of Ottawa and administered by OC Transpo.

Para Transpo provides minibus and contracted taxi services in Ottawa’s urban communities. We also provide service between urban and rural areas and to Hull (in Gatineau).

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