Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
|latitude: 45.41, longitude: -75.71|
|Browse map of Ottawa 45°24′36.00″ N, 75°42′36.00″ W|
|Use this template for your city|
We're a local bunch working hard to improve the surrounding map, as well as helping out with Humanitarian mapping tasks.
Welcome, New Editors
If you're new to Openstreetmap (we all were at one point :)), we would suggest the following:
|Local user group|
|When:||At least once a month has been our goal. More is better:)|
|Where:||So far its been coffee shops around the city. (map)|
|mailing list – archive|
|OSM - Ottawa Meetup Group|
Everyone is welcome!
We've been using a Meetup group to organize the events and to help get visibility with folks who might not know about Openstreetmap.
Since October 2013, we've been trying to meet once a month at local coffee shops to map, chat and learn/share about Openstreetmap.
Local Map Edits and Mappers
- Latest edits around Ottawa
- Local Mappers: Meetup group members, local wiki editors, Contributors Map
- Openstreetmap main map page
- Openstreetmap main wiki page
- Openstreetmap map tags &mdash - You'll want to bookmark this!
It's always best to start with the mailing lists.
Introduction to Spatial
- MapSchool provides a brief introduction to many of the main topics in spatial/GIS/mapping.
How to Access OSM Data
Openstreetmap is really about the data. What you see rendered on the main map page is only a fraction of what is in the database; many objects/tags are not rendered, but can still be queried. That's what makes OSM powerful!
These great sites provide data extracts (think cookie cutting the data for a particular area and make it available in numerous formats for consumption).
- add data tools/command line utilities here
Viewing The Data
Ideas/thoughts on growing community and reaching out to other groups/folks who would find this useful/interesting.
Useful info for Ottawa mappers
The coverage of Ottawa is fairly complete. Much of the content has come from CanVec, but there is also original content from various contributors.
As of April 2017, validation of imported City of Ottawa building shape data is under way.
These are the most important tags to add. Tags such as speed and parking in the on-street facilities are important for determining levels of traffic stress.
|Photo||Comments||Tags (with example)|
|Paved Multi-use paths (MUPs)||Example:||These are paved, shared pathways. They may be on either NCC or municipal property (path signage is a helpful clue as to ownership)||bicycle=yes
name=Ottawa River Pathway
|Unpaved MUPs||Example:||These are wide well-maintained paths suitable for walking and cycling. Most, but not all, are stone dust pathways, though some are dirt or grass surface. Ownership may be NCC or municipal.||bicycle=yes
|Separated bicycle facilities||
Laurier -- note that there are two separate ways; one for the westbound, one for eastbound
O'Connor -- note that there is just one way, since northbound and southbound are side-by-side
|These are not typical on-street painted bicycle lanes.
For facilities that have some sort of separation between the regular roadway and the cycling facility, make a separate way for the bicycle facility.
|On-street bicycle lanes, with or without adjacent on-street parking||Percy||These just add attributes to regular roads.
Use this as an authoritative guide.
|For roads with lanes on both sides:
For roads with a lane on just one side (for example, divided roads)
|Contra-flow bicycle lanes||Buffered contra-flow lane on Garland||These lanes travel against the flow of roads that are one-way for motor vehicles. They may be protected, buffered, or just paint.||For roads with contraflow track on the right:|
|Roads with shared facilities (sharrows, shared bus lanes, advisory bike lanes, etc.)||"Super" sharrow on the Bank St. Bridge
Northbound Carling just east of Preston
|Not sure what to do about 'suggested bicycle lanes'.||For sharrows:
For bus lanes:
|Desire lines||Desire line through park||These are well-worn but unmaintained paths, typically following a direct line between two destinations.|
|Mountain biking and hiking trails||Trail on NCC property||Paths are typically narrow and may include challenging terrain, exposed roots or rocks, making them unsuitable for certain bikes. They typically follow an indirect line for recreational purposes.|
When possible, put as many common tags in a relation instead of in the individual way tags.
There are three types of relations related to cycling routes.
|NCC MUP||These are regional bicycle routes (rcn)||name=Ottawa River Pathway
rcn_ref=Ottawa River Pathway
|City of Ottawa MUP||These are local routes (lcm)||name=Trillium Pathway
operator=City of Ottawa
|City of Ottawa suggested bicycle network||The master reference is from the City of Ottawa open data||route=bicycle
name=City of Ottawa suggested bicycle network
Other things about cycling
Items on the routes that are good to tag.
Consider the following guide:
Consider the following guide: Parking#Cars .26 motor vehicle parking
|Lighting||lit=yes or lit=no|
|Surface types||If it is paved (regardless of condition), set surface=paved. If it is badly paved, add smoothness=bad. See Surface and Smoothness for more details.
This is an example of a badly paved surface: Badly paved surface
|Flooding||Use this tag only for paths that flood every year: flood_prone=yes|
|French Translation||Add the following tags:|
|Intersection Tags||(to be filled in; consider stop signs, dismount signs, crosswalks, cross rides, etc).|
|Winter clearing||(to be decided)|
Good cycle map renderers:
Bilingual street names
The majority of streets in Ottawa are tagged with name=XXXX street therefore
Please tag roads in the city of Ottawa with:
A rule set for Maperitive is available that displays the French version of the street name.
properties map-background-color : #F1EEE8 map-background-opacity : 1 map-sea-color : #B5D0D0 font-weight : bold font-family : Verdana Bold text-halo-width : 25% text-halo-opacity : 0.75 text : name:fr
Do not abbreviate street endings. Note that the French equivalent of an English street type is USUALLY as follows:
See also http://www.ottawa.ca/residents/bylaw/a_z/municipal_addressing_en.html which is the authority See also http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-consultations/municipal-addressing/street-name-and-address-changes
- Talk to local Geocacher groups
- [ ] NCR region, the group is called Canada’s Capital Cachers.
- [ ] Others to be added
- [ ] Content of remainder page has not been updated since late 2013. Need to review and clean up.
- [ ] Review all links on page.
- [Add links to sidebar
- [ ] Validation/local mappers/extracts
- [ ] Add mapillary llnk
- clean up Ontario Province Page.
Ottawa Data Import - City of Ottawa Dataset by type, license and permission, import plan
To Be Cleaned Up
This sections needs to be reviewed and cleaned up. Hasn't been touched since 2013:(
Major construction projects
The LRT construction needs to be tracked in OSM. In particular, the long-term ramp closures should be reflected in the map.
Highway 417, Queensway
This is fairly well mapped in both directions as one-way ways. Off and on ramps are largely missing. (These should be tagged as below)
highway=motorway_link name=Highway 417 Eastbound
highway=motorway_link name=Sparks Street ref=Exit 123 / Sparks Street
When ramps split / merge use more-specific descriptions where applicable
Mapped west to construction in Arnprior. Mapped all the way to Montreal in the east bound direction.
Highway 416, Veterans Memorial
Mapped south bound only (Oct 28th, 2006), except for the northernmost section that joins up with the 417.
Noted that the coastline along the seaway crossing includes the bridge crossing to the US at the end of the 416, where it joins the 401 as a land bridge. Its a big bridge, but not that big! The coastline is an automatically loaded coastline. If we fix it will it simply be unfixed at some point??
Mapped from the 417 split out to Trim Road in both directions. Missing on and off ramps at most locations.
Reference: List of bridges in Ottawa
All bridges are separate ways except where noted in the table as being "via" another road.
- R = railway
- V = motorvehicle
- T = train
- B = bus
- Grey entries have not been mapped yet
|Ottawa River||OCRR||R||Vydon Acres, Quebec||Pontiac-Station, Quebec|
|Champlain Bridge||V||Island Park Drive, Westboro||Place Samuel-de-Champlain, Aylmer, Gatineau, Quebec||NCC owned.|
|Prince of Wales Bridge||R||Bayview||Hull, Gatineau, Quebec|
|Chaudière Bridge||V||Booth Street, Lebreton Flats||Rue Eddy, Hull|
|Portage Bridge||V||Wellington Street, Lebreton Flats||Boulevard Maisonneuve, Hull
|Interprovincial (Alexandra) Bridge||V||St. Patrick Street and Murray Street, Lower Town||Boulevard St-Laurent, Hull|
|Macdonald-Cartier Bridge||V||King Edward Avenue, Lower Town||Autoroute de la Gatineau (Autoroute 5), Hull||Done, Quebec bound only|
|Rideau River||Sussex Drive||V||Lower Town||New Edinburgh||via Sussex Drive|
|Minto Bridges||V||King Edward, Lower Town||Union Street, New Edinburgh|
|St. Patrick Bridge||V||St. Patrick Street, Lower Town||Beechwood Avenue, Vanier|
|Cummings Bridge||V||Rideau Street, Sandy Hill||Montreal Road, Vanier|
|Hurdman Bridge||V||Sandy Hill||Eastway Gardens||via the Queensway, Highway 417.|
|Pedestrian bridge||P||Algonquin College's (former) Rideau Campus, Ottawa East||Hurdman Park|
|Transitway||B||Lees Transitway Station||Hurdman Transitway Station.|
|G. McIlraith Bridge||V||Main Street, Old Ottawa South||Smyth Road, Alta Vista.|
|Billings Bridge||V||Old Ottawa South||Alta Vista||via Bank Street|
|G. Dunbar Bridge||V||Carleton University||Riverside Park||via Bronson Avenue|
|O-Train bridge||T||Carleton stop||Confederation stop|
|Heron Road Bridge||V||Baseline Road, Courtland Park||Heron Road, Alta Vista||Also crosses the Rideau Canal|
|Hog's Back Road||V||Rideau View||Riverside Park||
|OCRR Railway Bridge||V||Merivale||Mooney's Bay|
|Michael J. E. Sheflin Bridge||V||Clearview||Airport-Uplands||via Hunt Club Road|
|Nicolls Island Road||V||Nicolls Island||The mainland in Gloucester|
|Bridge Street||V||Bridge Street, Manotick||Mitch Owens Road, Osgoode|
|Regional Road 6||V||Connects Roger Stevens Drive, Kars||Snake Island Road, Osgoode|
|Highway 416||V||Reevcraig||Sabourins Crossing|
|Regional Road 44||V||Becketts Landing||Kemptville|
|Burritts Rapids Bridge||V||Donnelly Drive, Burritts Rapids||County Road 22, North Grenville|
|West Branch of the Rideau River||Barnsdale Road||V||Nepean||Manotick|
|Bridge Street||V||Downtown Manotick||Long Island||duplicate of Bridge st, above?|
|Rideau Canal||Plaza Bridge||V||Wellington Street, Centre Town||Rideau Street, By Ward Market|
|Mackenzie King Bridge||V||Albert and Slater Streets, Centre Town||Waller Street, Sandy Hill||The transitway also uses this bridge|
|Laurier Bridge||V||Centre Town||University of Ottawa||via Laurier Avenue.|
|Pedestrian Bridge||V||Centre Town||Ottawa University Campus Transitway Station|
|Queensway||V||Glebe and Centretown||Old Ottawa East||via Highway 417.|
|Pretoria Bridge||V||Elgin Street, Glebe||Hawthorne Avenue, Old Ottawa East||This is a Lift bridge|
|Bank Street Bridge||V||Glebe||Old Ottawa South|
|Bronson Avenue||V||Glebe||Carleton University|
|Rail tunnel||T||Carleton station||Carling station||
|Heron Road Bridge||V||see above|
|Hog's Back Road||V||see above|
These are roads dividing neighborhoods.
- Carling (80%?)
- Airport Parkway
Neighbourhood mapping state. List from Wikipedia:List_of_Ottawa_neighbourhoods.
|Centre Town West|
|Old Ottawa East||90%||
|Old Ottawa South||30%||
|East of Downtown||Castle Heights|
|Viscount Alexander Park|
|South of Downtown||Airport-Uplands|
|Hunt Club Chase|
|Hunt Club Estate|
|Hunt Club Woods|
|West of Downtown||Bel-Air Heights|
|Queensway Terrace North|
|Further West of Downtown
(The former city of Nepean)
Kanata and surrounding communities, west of Highway 416.
- Bell's Corner
- Lynwood Village
- Morgan's Grant (Kanata)
- Shirley's Brook (Kanata)
- Bridlewood (Kanata)
- Emerald Meadows (Kanata)
- Katimavik (Kanata)
- Carp (West Carleton)
- Dunrobin (West Carleton)
- Constance Bay (West Carleton)
- Fitzroy Harbour (and provincial park) (West Carleton)
- Galetta (West Carleton)
- Kinburn (West Carleton)
- McLaren's Landing (West Carleton)
- Shepherd's Grove (West Carleton)
Orleans and surrounding communities, east of the Hichway 416/16 split.
- Orleans (community names??)
- Blackburn Hamlet
- Barhaven (community names??)
- Old Barhaven
- Cedar Hill Estates
- Orchard Estates
- Riverside South
- Manotick Station
These are way down the list but if you happen to be driving around...
- North Gower
The river and canals need to be added. I haven't managed to get the landsat plugin for josm working. With that it should be fairly easy to do...
Parks and Trails
A list of all parks in Ottawa is available at http://www.ottawa.ca/residents/parks_recreation/parks/locations/all_locations_en.html
this needs to be transcribed here (or into its own page) so we can track which parks have been mapped.
All paths within an Ottawa park should be considered multi use ie cycling permitted unless signed cycles prohibited. This follows a conversation with an Ottawa city official about why some paths in parks where marked down as cycle in their cycle map and other identical ones weren't. The signage on the paths was the same.
Please tag NCC and Ottawa City cycle paths as highway=path, foot=yes, bicycle=yes
Please tag signed cycle routes as bicycle=designated
Please tag paved hard shoulders as shoulder:access:bicycle=yes shoulder:surface=paved
There are rule sets available to render these correctly in Maperitive etc.
(see also: Gatineau, below)
ultimate, soccer, hockey arenas, etc.
Urban Path System
- Trains to Montreal and Toronto (VIA Rail)?
- Abandoned trackways?
- Bus routes
Points of Interest
University of Ottawa
There are numerous validation errors on the map as it stands. They show up in JOSM if you download a piece of the map, then click on the Validation button at the bottom of the Validation window on the right of the window. There are also other tools available. I (TomT5454) have begun a project to clean up as much as possible, leaving most of the rest for investigation. Typical of the latter: missing power poles, culverts, bridges, or nothing where waterways cross highways, etc. I propose to move in manageably-sized chunks .06 degrees wide east-to-west and .04 degrees high north-to-south. Starting chunk was at the northwest corner of the area to be covered. People are welcome to join in this effort. People can coordinate either by sending me an E-mail identifying the chunk they are taking and a subsequent note when they are finished, or updating this Wiki directly.
- N 45.44 to 45.40, W 75.98 to 75.92 done 2012-12-02. Some water-road crossings need checking to see if a culvert is present.
- N 45.44 to 45.40, W 75.92 to 75.86 sort of done 2012-12-02. Aylmer administrative boundaries still embed segments of other objects. Need new administrative boundaries, given that Aylmer is now part of Gatineau. Need surveys to pick up road names, ensure correct placement of some neighbourhoods.
- N 45.44 to 45.40, W 75.86 to 75.80 and 75.80 to 75.74 done 2012-12-16. Most common problem was roads terminating on area boundaries. On Ottawa side, some duplication between Canvec 6 and Canvec 7.
Crossing the River, Gatineau and Environs
- Ferry Crossing from Fitzroy Harbour, ON to Quyon PQ
- also the myriad trails for bike, cross-country, and hiking