Arriving at the Gala

Parking and Drop-Off

Guest parking and drop-off is located at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) building at 100 Sussex Drive, and can be accessed via both King Edward and Sussex Drive.The two access routes are laid out in the maps below.

Upon entering the parking lot, continue to drive until you spot the Ottawa Riverkeeper tent, where you will be greeted with our complimentary valet service.

Once you have arrived at the NRC parking, it’s a short 250m walk across the magnificent Rideau Falls to the venue. We encourage all our guests who are able to follow this route. A free shuttle service will also be available for those who would like or need it.

Pedestrians and Cyclists

Thank you for considering not driving to the Gala. This year, along with our Sustainability Partner, Hydropothecary, we’re excited to offer a few extra comforts to those who reduce their CO2 emissions by arriving by foot, pedal power, or public transit. We will provide bike racks for our cyclists, as well as a lounge where you can change into your party shoes and check your sneakers.

There are two access points for pedestrians and cyclists. Coming from downtown, you can join the drivers at the NRC and walk across the Rideau Falls. Cyclists, please note, if you’re coming from this direction, you must walk your bike across the bridge. If you’re coming from Rockcliffe, you may enter at the path off Stanley Avenue, which will lead you straight to our Sustainability Lounge.

Dress Code

With a forecast of 27 degrees and sunny, we encourage you to come dressed in your best “River Chic.” Come in business casual or in cocktail attire with suitable shoes to dance the night away on the terrace overlooking our beautiful river.


In our ongoing effort to make the Gala as sustainable as possible, Ottawa Riverkeeper is committed to reducing waste wherever possible. As such, there is no need to print your ticket. Simply provide us with your name for entry into the event.