The STO: Making your life easier

Published on June 28 2017

As we all know, the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Confederation are peaking this summer, with dozens of activities on both sides of the Ottawa River. You’d love to join in, but you back down at the the mere thought of trying to find a parking space? The STO to the rescue!

Let’s hear it for the shuttle bus!

bus STO2

Everyone likes a freebie, and you’ve gotta love a free shuttle bus that runs every weekend over the summer. On Saturdays and Sundays from July 1 to October 15, plus statutory holidays (July 3, August 7, September 4 and October 9), the STO will operate a shuttle service serving Old Hull and MosaïCanada (Jacques Cartier Park).

The bus route has five convenient stops:

Leave your car at the Robert Guertin Centre.

How sweet it is to save time (otherwise spent trying to squeeze into a parallel parking space) and money (have you seen the price of gas lately?).

From there, you can hop on and off the shuttle bus at any of the 4 following locations:

At the corner of Eddy Street and Promenade du Portage, get off the bus and explore the Brewery Creek neighbourhood. As you follow the shoreline, you’ll notice the red line indicating the Culture Trail. it leads to several attractions, including La Filature, Les Brasseurs du temps, the Théâtre de l’Île and several public artworks.

At the corner of Laval Street and Promenade du Portage, Cirque du Soleil fans will be delighted to get to the performance so easily: the show VOLTA runs August 3 to 27 on the Zibi site, a short walk away.

At the Maison du citoyen at the corner of Hôtel-de-Ville and Laurier streets, visit Galerie Montcalm and the art exhibition Balivernes et Mélivernes (which is also free!). Finally, make a stop at Jacques Cartier Park and discover MosaïCanada 150 / Gatineau 2017. Once again, the price is right: admission to MosaïCanada is free!


These cards will take you far!


So many celebrations, so much to choose from, so many destinations … Two new STO passes make things easier. The Passe-temps gives you unlimited travel for 1 day, and L’Escapade gives you unlimited travel for 3 consecutive days. Both passes are valid on all STO and OC Transpo routes, including paratransit services (for registered users). To activate your card, board an STO bus (very important) and pass the card in front of the reader. Voilà! You’re all set to take the bus from one province to another.

The passes are on sale at all STO service points and at Outaouais Tourism’s three outlets (Maison du tourisme, MosaïCanada site [as of June 30], and Canadian Museum of History).

Kids ride for free

You’d love to take the bus, but when you consider the number of people in your family group, you’re worried the trip may break the bank? You’ll be glad to know that with the family fare, up to 4 children age 11 and under and accompanied by an adult can travel for free every weekend, on most school and statutory holidays, and every weekday during July and August. Children 5 and under accompanied by an adult travel for free on STO buses anytime. So stop circling the block looking for a parking space, and hop aboard!


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