City Facilities Become Campgrounds For Ottawa 2017


This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

As proposed by the Ottawa 2017 Bureau, today at Ottawa City Council, a motion was put forward by Councillors Jean Cloutier and Mathieu Fleury, the City’s 2017 Co-Chairs, to increase Ottawa’s capacity to host more visitors during Canada Day festivities next year. As we get ready to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, the City and its tourism partners are expecting a significant increase of tourists around the July 1st celebrations.

The motion is as follows:

WHEREAS an accommodation shortage has been forecast for the Ottawa 2017 Canada Day celebrations; and

WHEREAS staff has identified that the following City facilities have exterior parking and green space that is appropriate for short-term accommodation to address the above:

1.              Cumberland Village Heritage Museum (2940 Old Montreal Road)

2.              Bob Macquarie Recreation Complex (1490 Youville Drive)

3.              Ray Friel Recreation Complex (1585 Tenth Line Road)

4.              Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre (300 Des Pères-Blancs Avenue)

5.              St-Laurent Recreation Complex (525 Coté Street)

6.              Nepean Sportsplex (1701 Woodroffe Avenue)

7.              Earl Armstrong Arena & Trillium Park (2020 Ogilvie Road)

8.              Kanata Leisure Centre (70 Aird Place)

9.              Jim Durrell Recreation Centre (1265 Walkley Road)

10.           Tom Brown Arena (141 Bayview Road)

AND WHEREAS over-night parking of Class A, B, and C Vehicles is not presently permitted within the parking areas of the above facilities;

AND WHEREAS a campground use, which is required to permit camp sites, is not currently permitted at the above facilities under the City’s Zoning By-law;


1.              Extended parking, including Class A, B, and C vehicles, be permitted at the above facilities where parking is appropriate, such as asphalt or gravel lots from June 29, 2017 until July 4, 2017;

2.              Council direct Staff to initiate a Temporary Zoning By-law Amendment to permit the use of campgrounds at the above facilities for the period of June 29, 2017 until July 4, 2017, which shall be brought to Planning Committee on November 22, 2016 and Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee on November 24, 2016; and

3.         That the fee schedule for the uses described above, listed in Document 1, be included in the 2017 Draft Budget.

The motion was tabled and will be before Council for debate on November 9, 2016.

Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations will offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa(#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.

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3 thoughts on “City Facilities Become Campgrounds For Ottawa 2017

  1. How many people are they planning on accommodating at these community facilities? How will washroom facilities and showers be provided? Will cooking be permitted? What about open fires or fireworks? Will RVs and campers be permitted or just tents?
    What about the people in those communities who might want to use their local parks and community centres over the Thursday to Tuesday around a long weekend?
    Some of these facilities are close to residential areas. What kind of noise control will there be? What will it cost to provide security for this period and who will be responsible for that? What will it cost to prepare and potentially repair the facilities and will that mean they will actually be taken out of community use for a period longer than June 29th to July 4th?
    What experience does the city have running temporary campgrounds? Will they be contracting this out? If so, who will be accountable for problems?
    How is the fee schedule which is part of a motion to be debated November 9th going to be part of the draft budget that is being tabled at the same November 9th Council meeting?
    What could possibly go wrong?

    1. Voter, if you don’t stop thinking about the most likely outcomes (in this case the abject failure of an ill-considered idea), you will never fit in on Laurier Avenue.


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