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is located alongside the set of eight locks on the Rideau Canal
between Parliament Hill and the Château Laurier.
Please note that only mobility-impaired parking is available onsite.
Please call 613 234-4570 to make parking arrangements.
The closest parking lot to the Bytown Museum is at the
National Arts Centre (NAC).
There are two main routes to access the Bytown Museum by foot:
The first route is on Wellington Street by the iron gate at the
southeast corner of the Parliament Hill grounds (near the statue of
Sir Wilfrid Laurier). The gate is on the west side of the Rideau
Canal. At this gate there is a set of stairs going down to the
Ottawa Locks of the Rideau Canal. At the bottom of the stairs turn
north (left) and walk approximately 250 metres along the locks to
the Museum – a three-storey stone building.
The second pedestrian route is via the west bank Rideau Canal
pathway and the National Arts Centre (NAC). There is a pedestrian
ramp from Elgin Street near the NAC for easier pedestrian access
than by stairs. The Rideau Canal pathway is accessible at several
points along the Canal. From the NAC follow the canal pathway north
approximately 500 metres along the locks to the Museum – a
three-storey stone building.
A bike rack is conveniently located next to the
The Bytown Museum is close to several major bus routes and is a
ten-minute walk from the transit hub at the Rideau Centre. For full
details including fares, times and routes please visit the
Transpo web site.
From the Rideau Centre walk west towards Parliament Hill along
Rideau/Wellington streets. You should be able to see the Museum from
the bridge you will cross if you are on the Parliament Hill side
(north side) of the street. Cross the bridge and follow the
directions listed above under Pedestrian Access.