La Machine To Cause Road Closures


This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

La Machine, an Ottawa 2017 Signature Event, will take place across downtown Ottawa this weekend, from July 27 to 30. To accommodate La Machine’s giant mechanical creatures and tens of thousands of spectators, this event will involve significant and rolling traffic impacts for motorists, and intermittent disruptions for cyclists. The full list of closures is available on

The road closures will impact on-street parking in the downtown area. Temporary special event signage will be in place to inform motorists where and when stopping and parking will be prohibited. Pay & Display meters will also be covered to indicate that parking is prohibited. Signage will indicate when a tow-away zone is in effect.

By-law and Regulatory Services will issue tickets and tow vehicles that are parked in a tow-away zone. The penalty for parking in these spaces is $120.00. Owners of vehicles that are towed are also liable for impound and storage fees.

Enforcement is needed to create safe pedestrian zones for residents and visitors to enjoy the four-day street performance.

A full list of areas where stopping/parking will be prohibited is available on

City parking lots will be available but are expected to fill-up quickly. Parking at City Hall is only $2 on weekends and evenings after 6 p.m. for more information about parking in the area.


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8 thoughts on “La Machine To Cause Road Closures

  1. Seems that a pile of money has been allocated for Ottawa 2017 without any thought or theme or overall purpose.

    Events come and go and one wonders, was there an overall plan? Was there a project manager? Or were eager beavers given a budget to go out and do something “spectacular”. La Machine seems interesting. But even as I contemplate going to see it, we are told that roads will be capriciously closed, parking is limited, where and when to see the Machines is unclear as they will be “roving” downtown. I think I will view them on TV.

    1. Robert:

      My understanding is that La Machine is to celebrate the important role of reptiles in the founding of this great nation.

      If you look closely at the famous picture of the Fathers of Confederation, there is a reptile representative who lent support from the whole animal kingdom for Confederation. This was an important moment in Canadian history.

      Without reptiles, where would this country be?



      ps The words above were written to protect the truth.

  2. I fear we are being caught in the web of a spider and I don’t mean a mechanical one.
    Planning road closures throughout the downtown area is bad enough on the weekend but weekdays and during rush hour is insanity.
    I picture those innocent tourists driving in from out of town to find half the downtown core closed down. This will be particularly ‘interesting’ for those who decided to avoid the chaos by not coming on the Canada Day weekend and then patted themselves on the back when the stories emerged of the line-ups and the inaccessibility of the Hill. “See, Mildred,” said Jack, “we were pretty smart to plan on going at the end of July instead of the beginning so we could avoid the traffic and street closures and all the kerfuffle.” Wait until they see what they’re coming into.
    Road closures and diversions are one thing but these will change at irregular intervals so you may be able to get somewhere but not get back. Not everyone who wants to visit the National Gallery, other attractions and restaurants that will be blocked off is able-bodied and capable of walking several blocks to get there.
    How will this affect businesses in the barricaded areas who depend on people being able to get to their location? Like many others, I won’t be venturing into the market over the next four days because I’m simply not going to take the time to figure out if the places I want to go are in or out of the perimeter or what route to take to get there and back. I’ll just go elsewhere.
    I badly want to know what this is costing, not just for the machines themselves but also for extra policing of the road closures, moving light standards, other staff costs and any other city expenditures related to this event. It will be a bit of a wait but I sincerely hope that, if we can’t get answers earlier, the new Council we elect in 2018 will demand an accounting for all the Ottawa 2017 dollars and set up safeguards so this can’t happen again. It was a very clever move to set up a separate structure to funnel the 2017 money through – now we need to be more clever.

  3. Was at the show last night. BORING. Best part was seeing Watson trying to work the crowd. I saw only one person stop him for a selfie. Why was that? Perhaps Watson needs more photo ops? Maybe a reflection of Ottawans ‘ opinion of him? Yup this was the best part of the show.

  4. I went and saw the dragon today at City Hall and it was spectacular. You guys need to enjoy what our great city has to offer instead of complaining so much.

    1. Anonymous:

      This is interesting.

      Is saying that Ottawa is very interesting so controversial that you can’t release your own identity?

      It’s an odd person who feels they must stay undercover to say good things.

      Wayda go out on a limb there, big guy (gal maybe).



  5. We went to see the robots entertain us on Friday evening. Once or if you could look past the large tractor like elements that moved the robots along the road, and the people sitting in chairs controlling the legs etc., it was entertaining. I think there were more people there than at a Senators game, so say more than 20,000. How many more? It was hard to tell as a lot of the crowd followed the dragon, as it moved from City Hall around to the MacKenzie Bridge. The spider, on the other hand, only moved a couple of hundred metres, along Colonel By near the Shaw Centre.

    I would have paid $10 to see the show, but not $50. So, if there were 20,000 to 25,000 people watching, it translates into $200,000 to $250,000 of value, on my simplistic scale. It will be interesting to find out how much Ottawa 2017 paid to bring the show to Ottawa.


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