The City of Ottawa has some rules for how you celebrate the Victoria Day weekend, at least when it comes to fireworks. If you want to see a show put on by the professionals, we have you covered.
For the second year in a row, there won’t be a fireworks display at Mooney’s Bay Park. The Riverside Park Recreation and Community Association said there weren’t enough volunteers to safely hold the event this year.
There are alternatives right in the city and only a short drive away.
- The Canadian Tulip Festival at Lansdowne Park marks Victoria Day with a fireworks at TD Place Stadium. Admission for the fireworks and activities is $20, children 12 and under are free. The combined pyrotechnic and music show starts around 9 p.m. as the sun sets.
- If you live in the rural south end of Ottawa, the Greater Ashton Community Association promises “the best fireworks in the region.” Their website says the show will start at dusk.
As for lighting up and sending off your own fireworks, the City of Ottawa says while they recommend people don’t set them, they say those that do must follow the city’s bylaws.
The city’s rules include:
- Fireworks may be discharged only on the day of, day before or the day after Victoria Day — Monday, May 23.
- They must be discharged by someone 18 or older, and on private property, with permission of the property owner.
- Minimum safety distances as indicated on the fireworks product must be maintained from spectators, buildings and vehicles.
- The fireworks display must not cause danger or nuisance to any person or property.
- The sale of consumer fireworks, except on Victoria Day and the seven business days immediately preceding Victoria Day, is prohibited.
- Professional firework displays, such as those on Parliament Hill, and smaller-scale versions at public parks on holiday weekends, may only be discharged by someone over 18 who holds a permit issued by the Ottawa Fire Chief.
- Firecrackers are prohibited from being used or…