Access, Shuttle and Parking

The Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light event is now held in the backyard of the Canadian Museum of History. We invite you to read up on the following sections to help you plan your trip to the site of the event.


Service de navettes Espace de stationnement Musée Canadien de l'Histoire

Accessing the site

Site opening: 6PM

Fireworks: 9:15PM

You can make your way to the Canadian Museum of History on your bike, via the STO’s regular or dedicated shuttle service (our choice!) or by car. If you choose to take your vehicle, do not forget to consider regular rush hours as well as times preferred by Sound of Light fans.



From Gatineau :

The Canadian Museum of History (Laurier St.) is easily accessible via Alexandre-Taché, des Allumettières or Fournier Blvds.

From Ottawa :

Bridges that lead to Laurier St (via the Alexandra* or Portages Bridges), Taché Blvd (via the Chaudière or Champlain Bridges) or Fournier Blvd (MacDonald-Cartier Bridge) can be used to get to the Canadian Museum of History (Laurier St.).

*Please note that the Alexandra Bridge will temporarily be closed from 8:30 to 10:15 PM on the nights of the event.

NEW: Ridesharing

With the assistance of ridesharing.com, ridesharing is now an alternative to easily and pleasantly get to the site of the event. You already can plan your ride if you are a driver who wants to help the other or request a driver as a passenger. Either way, this solution is useful, easy to use and better for the environment!

Use the promotional code GFCLAC17 to get a 4$ discount on booking fees for long distance ride on Ridesharing.com


Water Taxi Service (Aqua-Taxi)

Looking for a fun and original way to get to the site? The Aqua-Taxi from Au feel de l’eau brings you from the Ottawa docks straight to museum’s docks!

STO Shuttle Service

Public Transport: Shuttle Service and Regular System Icone-Bus


Use Plani-Bus to create your itinerary from your departure point to the event! Leave from home or get to a Rapibus Station or a Park-and-Ride lots!

  • Write Canadian Museum of History, in the destination (the “B”section).


  • Regular fares apply and summer promotions accepted or $4 cash.
  • Free return upon presentation of the admission wristband for the Sound of Light fireworks.

Visit sto.ca to get all information


  • STO passes, tickets and summer promotions accepted or $4 cash.
  • Free return upon presentation of the admission wristband for the Sound of Light fireworks.
Provigo on Plateau
Robert-Guertin Centre Park-and Ride
6:30 PM6:30 PM
7:00 PM7:00 PM
7:30 PM7:30 PM
8:00 PM8:00 PM
Last departure 8:30 PMLast departure 8:30 PM


Shuttle return trips will start immediately after the fireworks,
with the last trip leaving at 10:15 p.m. Buses will leave on an ongoing basis depending on the temperature and number of riders

Persons eligible for paratransit

Paratransit service is also an option for getting to the festivities. If you are already eligible, simply reserve your occasional transportation as usual.

Visit sto.ca to get all information

Thanks for travelling by bus to attend the Sound of Light!


If you’re coming by car, here’s some useful parking information.

Canadien Museum of History

  • Accessible via Laurier Street
  • Rate : $12.50 per vehicle
  • First come, first served
  • Parking and Laurier Street closed after the fireworks until site has been evacuated or until 10:15 PM.

Notre-Dame Parking

  • Accessible via Victoria Street (corner Notre-Dame-de-l’Île)
  • Rate: $ 10
  • Limited space – First come, first served

Parking around the site

  • Different choices in the Hull sector
  • Many different lots available close to our Gourmet Partners, within a short walking distance to the event
  • Rate decided by the operator, not controlled of the event

Street Parking on Gatineau Streets

  • Parking in the streets of Gatineau, subject to regular municipal bylaws

The event, its organizers, sponsors or collaborators cannot be held liable for any damages or thefts that could occur during the use of the different parking areas – official or not.

Limited mobility

For people with limited mobility or families with strollers, we strongly recommend the use of the entrance at the corner of Victoria and Laurier Street. The pathway lead you directly to the heart of the site. The use of parking lots near that entrance (City Hall, Notre-Dame, surrounding streets, etc.) is also recommended.

The main entrance of the museum (between both buildings) is strongly discouraged, because there is a grand staircase to get to the museum’s back yard.

In order to take advantage of parking spaces for those using wheelchairs (level P1 in the parking lot of the Museum), you must arrive early. These spaces are available on a “first come, first served” basis.