Airport Parkway (Ottawa)
Airport Parkway is an expressway in Ottawa, Canada. It runs from the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport to an interchange with Heron Road where it turns into Bronson Avenue. Airport Parkway is a two-lane expressway for most of its length, is home to one of Ontario's only two single-point urban interchanges at its Hunt Club Road exit; the speed limit is 80 km/h for its entire length. Until 1997, Airport Parkway was maintained by the federal government of Canada under the jurisdiction of the National Capital Commission; the road has had 300 collisions and three fatalities since 2000, making it the focus of future improvements. There has been some discussing in twinning it to a four-lane expressway or freeway, although those discussions have stalled due to local controversy; the following is a list of exits along Airport Parkway. Some exits on Bronson Avenue are included. List of Ontario expressways
Hunt Club Road
Hunt Club Road known as Ottawa Road 32, is a major east-west route in Ottawa, Canada. It ran from a dead end east of Bank Street to the Hunt Club Golf Course; the section between Bank Street and Riverside Drive only one lane in each direction, was expanded to two lanes in each direction in 1993-1994. It was further extended across the Rideau River and the southern edge of the suburbs to Richmond Road by the late 1990s. Construction to extend Hunt Club eastward to Highway 417 near Ramsayville was completed on August 21, 2014. Most of Hunt Club is a four-lane divided principal arterial road with limited access between just west of Merivale Road and Highway 416 where it is an at-grade urban expressway; the section east of Merivale a tank farm, has transformed into a major big-box retail area. The speed limit on most sections is 80 km/h except in the South Keys area; the Michael J. E. Sheflin Bridge, better known as the Hunt Club Bridge carries the road over the Rideau River between Prince of Wales Drive and Riverside Drive.
The bridge was widened over the summer of 2006, extending the left turn lanes in both directions over the full length of the bridge to alleviate congestion. The City's Transportation Master Plan includes the widening of the road to six lanes between Highway 416 and Bank Street. Along the road, one may find Pine Grove Park, the Stoney Swamp Conservation Area. Old Richmond Road Moodie Drive Highway 416 Cedarview Road Greenbank Road Woodroffe Avenue Merivale Road Prince of Wales Drive extended to Prince of Wales between 1984 and 1987 Riverside Drive Airport Parkway Bank Street Albion Road Conroy Road Hawthorne Road Highway 417 Uplands South Keys Greenboro Hunt Club Bridge Project Information Page
Ottawa is the capital city of Canada. It stands on the south bank of the Ottawa River in the eastern portion of southern Ontario. Ottawa borders Gatineau, Quebec; as of 2016, Ottawa had a city population of 964,743 and a metropolitan population of 1,323,783 making it the fourth-largest city and the fifth-largest CMA in Canada. Founded in 1826 as Bytown, incorporated as Ottawa in 1855, the city has evolved into the political centre of Canada, its original boundaries were expanded through numerous annexations and were replaced by a new city incorporation and amalgamation in 2001 which increased its land area. The city name "Ottawa" was chosen in reference to the Ottawa River, the name of, derived from the Algonquin Odawa, meaning "to trade". Ottawa has the most educated population among Canadian cities and is home to a number of post-secondary and cultural institutions, including the National Arts Centre, the National Gallery, numerous national museums. Ottawa has the highest standard of living in low unemployment.
With the draining of the Champlain Sea around ten thousand years ago, the Ottawa Valley became habitable. Local populations used the area for wild edible harvesting, fishing, trade and camps for over 6500 years; the Ottawa river valley has archaeological sites with arrow heads and stone tools. Three major rivers meet within Ottawa, making it an important trade and travel area for thousands of years; the Algonquins called the Ottawa River Kichi Sibi or Kichissippi meaning "Great River" or "Grand River". Étienne Brûlé regarded as the first European to travel up the Ottawa River, passed by Ottawa in 1610 on his way to the Great Lakes. Three years Samuel de Champlain wrote about the waterfalls in the area and about his encounters with the Algonquins, using the Ottawa River for centuries. Many missionaries would follow the early traders; the first maps of the area used the word Ottawa, derived from the Algonquin word adawe, to name the river. Philemon Wright, a New Englander, created the first settlement in the area on 7 March 1800 on the north side of the river, across from the present day city of Ottawa in Hull.
He, with five other families and twenty-five labourers, set about to create an agricultural community called Wrightsville. Wright pioneered the Ottawa Valley timber trade by transporting timber by river from the Ottawa Valley to Quebec City. Bytown, Ottawa's original name, was founded as a community in 1826 when hundreds of land speculators were attracted to the south side of the river when news spread that British authorities were constructing the northerly end of the Rideau Canal military project at that location; the following year, the town was named after British military engineer Colonel John By, responsible for the entire Rideau Waterway construction project. The canal's military purpose was to provide a secure route between Montreal and Kingston on Lake Ontario, bypassing a vulnerable stretch of the St. Lawrence River bordering the state of New York that had left re-supply ships bound for southwestern Ontario exposed to enemy fire during the War of 1812. Colonel By set up military barracks on the site of today's Parliament Hill.
He laid out the streets of the town and created two distinct neighbourhoods named "Upper Town" west of the canal and "Lower Town" east of the canal. Similar to its Upper Canada and Lower Canada namesakes "Upper Town" was predominantly English speaking and Protestant whereas "Lower Town" was predominantly French and Catholic. Bytown's population grew to 1,000 as the Rideau Canal was being completed in 1832. Bytown encountered some impassioned and violent times in her early pioneer period that included Irish labour unrest that attributed to the Shiners' War from 1835 to 1845 and political dissension evident from the 1849 Stony Monday Riot. In 1855 Bytown was incorporated as a city. William Pittman Lett was installed as the first city clerk guiding it through 36 years of development. On New Year's Eve 1857, Queen Victoria, as a symbolic and political gesture, was presented with the responsibility of selecting a location for the permanent capital of the Province of Canada. In reality, Prime Minister John A. Macdonald had assigned this selection process to the Executive Branch of the Government, as previous attempts to arrive at a consensus had ended in deadlock.
The "Queen's choice" turned out to be the small frontier town of Ottawa for two main reasons: Firstly, Ottawa's isolated location in a back country surrounded by dense forest far from the Canada–US border and situated on a cliff face would make it more defensible from attack. Secondly, Ottawa was midway between Toronto and Kingston and Montreal and Quebec City. Additionally, despite Ottawa's regional isolation it had seasonal water transportation access to Montreal over the Ottawa River and to Kingston via the Rideau Waterway. By 1854 it had a modern all season Bytown and Prescott Railway that carried passengers and supplies the 82-kilometres to Prescott on the Saint Lawrence River and beyond. Ottawa's small size, it was thought, would make it less prone to rampaging politically motivated mobs, as had happened in the previous Canadian capitals; the government owned the land that would become Parliament Hill which they thought would be an ideal location for the Parliament Buildings. Ottawa was th
Bank Street (Ottawa)
Bank Street is the major north-south road in Ottawa, Canada. It runs south from Wellington Street in downtown Ottawa, south through the neighbourhoods of Centretown, The Glebe, Old Ottawa South, Alta Vista, Hunt Club, through the villages of Blossom Park, South Gloucester, Metcalfe, Spring Hill, Vernon before exiting the city limits at Belmeade Road. Bank Street made up much of Ontario Highway 31 before it was downloaded in 1998, it is known as Ottawa Road #31. Between Wellington Street and Gladstone Avenue in downtown, Bank Street is a shopping and business development district known as the "Bank Street Promenade" and the street is lined with common signage affixed to streetlights and street-level advertising billboards showing this distinction; the area between Somerset Street West and Gladstone Avenue is considered the centre of Ottawa's burgeoning gay village, characterized by a small concentration of businesses targeted to Ottawa's gay community. In 2011, the city unveiled signs identifying the neighbourhood as Ottawa's gay village, at the intersections of Somerset and Nepean Streets with Bank Street.
Travelling south, there exists a shopping district in The Glebe running along Bank Street from the Queensway to Holmwood Avenue. Bank Street is home to Lansdowne Park where the Ottawa RedBlacks play. Further south, after the road passes over the Rideau Canal on the Bank Street Bridge, Bank Street is home to the Billings Bridge Plaza and the South Keys Shopping Centre. Bank Street north of Billings Bridge is an historic urban arterial road with many more pedestrians than vehicular traffic and significant parking issues, hence the flow is quite slow. South of Billings Bridge to Leitrim Road, the street turns into a more modern four-lane urban arterial, which flows much better despite the 50 km/h speed limit on the northern half and 60 km/h from South Keys southward. South of Leitrim it is a rural two-lane highway with an 80 km/h speed limit until the community of Vernon. Just south of Leitrim Road, Bank Street gives access to a developing neighborhood called Findlay Creek that will become quite significant in the long term, it will provide access to the community of Riverside South.
Bank Street serves in some contexts as an unofficial division between "eastern" and "western" Ottawa. For example, prior to the takeover of Maclean-Hunter by Rogers Cable in 1994, the street marked the division between those cable companies' service areas in Ottawa: cable subscribers west of Bank Street were served by Maclean-Hunter, while cable subscribers east of Bank Street were served by Rogers. Contrary to popular belief, the street is not named after the Bank of Canada headquarters at the corner of Bank Street and Wellington Street; the street name dates back to the 19th century, whereas the bank was founded in 1934. It's believed that the road was named this because it went from the "bank" of the Ottawa River at its northern end to that of the Rideau River to the south. However, the road was called Esther Street in honour of Colonel By's wife. Bank Street ends at Wellington Street and the portion of the street running closest to the actual riverbank is federal Crown land for the Parliamentary Precinct of the Parliament of Canada.
Highway 31 was formed in 1927, started at the junction of Highway 2 in Morrisburg, Ontario. It traveled north through the town of Winchester, into Ottawa; the road was paved in stages, but was paved by 1936. The road's designation of Highway 31 was extended from the Dundas-Stormont-Glengary/Russell-Prescott county line into Ottawa that same year. While maintaining its alignment along Bank Street for its entire history, the road was re-aligned along Canal Drive. From here, it became less clear where the northern terminus of the road was located, as Ottawa posted Highway 31 as a scenic route within its limits along Heron Road and Bronson Avenue before terminating in downtown, while the Ministry of Transportation noted no changes in road length; this is presumed to be a connecting link between Highway 31 and The Queensway, but these scenic routes/connecting links were all decommissioned by 1960. The road was re-aligned along the Winchester Bypass, when it was completed and opened in 1974, but no other changes were made to the road since until being decommissioned as a provincial highway, in 1998.
Portions of Bank Street have undergone major reconstruction each year since 2006. The City of Ottawa held public consultations for a major redevelopment of Bank Street between Wellington Street and the Rideau Canal. Wellington Street Somerset Street Laurier Avenue Gladstone Avenue Highway 417 Riverside Drive Heron Road Alta Vista Drive Walkley Road Hunt Club Road Albion Road Conroy Road Leitrim Road Mitch Owens Road Snake Island Road Dalmeny Road Tiffany Road Downtown Ottawa Centretown The Glebe Ottawa South Billings Bridge South Keys Blossom Park Findlay Creek/Leitrim Greely Metcalfe Vernon Bank St Biz City of Ottawa: Transportation Master Plan Google Maps: route of Bank Street in Ottawa City of Ottawa: Bank Street profile Bank Street Promenade Shopping District Bank Street Rehabilitation Project Highway 31 at OntHighways.com
Riverside Drive (Ottawa)
Riverside Drive is a major road in Ottawa, Canada that follows along the eastern bank of the Rideau River. Its northern terminus is at the Transitway/Via Rail underpass just south of the Queensway, the road proceeds south to Limebank Road where it continues as River Road until the city limits. North of the Queensway, Riverside continues as Vanier Parkway, which travels through Vanier until Beechwood Avenue; the road's name is linked to Vanier, named for former Governor General of Canada Georges Vanier. Most of the road is a four-lane divided principal arterial, with a speed limit of 60 km/h, although the general flow is faster in many sections. Riverside is home to the Riverside Hospital, the Billings Bridge Plaza, the RA Centre, Canada Post headquarters, Public Works Canada headquarters, Canadian Labour Congress headquarters, Vincent Massey Park, Terry Fox Athletic Facility, Mooney's Bay Park. Riverside was re-aligned between Smyth Road and Industrial Avenue in 1986. Riverside once ended at Industrial, while it was Alta Vista Drive that carried traffic across the Queensway to become the Vanier Parkway.
The old alignment of Riverside Drive in Riverview continues to be known as Riverside Drive, serves a number of apartment building complexes, has a cul-de-sac at each end. Limebank Road is an arterial road in Ottawa, a southbound continuation of Riverside Drive that starts at River Road, continues south through Riverside South and to Mitch Owens Rd, it continues southbound through West Greely as Dozois Road. On Vanier Parkway Beechwood Avenue / St. Patrick Street Montreal RoadOn Riverside Drive The Queensway / Highway 417, exit 117 Industrial Avenue / Bus Access to Hurdman Transit Station Smyth Road / Main Street Bank Street Bronson Avenue Heron Road Walkley Road Hunt Club RoadOn River Road Limebank Road Leitrim Road Earl Armstrong Road Mitch Owens Road Riverview Alta Vista Billings Bridge Uplands/South KeysRiver Road Riverside South Manotick Edgewater ParkVanier Parkway Vanier Overbrook Riverside Drive/River Road/Limebank Road project Google Maps: Riverside Drive routing
Parkdale Avenue (Ottawa)
Parkdale Avenue is an arterial road located west of downtown Ottawa, Canada. It runs in a north-south direction between the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and Carling Avenue in the Hintonburg and Civic Hospital neighbourhoods, it is an busy road providing access to Tunney's Pasture, the Parkdale Market, the Ottawa Civic Hospital, the Central Experimental Farm. Furthermore, it has direct connections to other major east-west arteries such as Scott Street, Wellington Street West, Gladstone Avenue, Highway 417. Parkdale Avenue is a 2-lane city road which widens to 4 lanes near Highway 417 where it forms a diamond interchange. On-street parking is permitted near Tunney's Pasture and between Carling Avenue and Highway 417. OC Transpo Route 14 runs along Parkdale Avenue from Carling Avenue to Gladstone Avenue where the route turns east, connecting to downtown Ottawa and Elgin Street to the centre-west part of the city; the southern terminus of the road at Carling Avenue could be extended in the future to access a new Civic Hospital campus located within the Central Experimental Farm
Eagleson Park & Ride Transitway Station is a station on Ottawa, Canada's transitway served by OC Transpo buses. It is located in the western transitway section at Eagleson Road and Highway 417. Eastbound buses enter the station; the station has a large park and ride facility, named after a former City of Kanata councillor, Eva James, who died in December, 1995, shortly after its official opening. A second parking section was added west of Eagleson Road; the following routes serve Eagleson Station: Eagleson East station page Eagleson West Page OC Transpo Area Map Eva James Park & Ride