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Safety in Ottawa and Other Warnings and Dangers

Warning and Dangers in Ottawa: Safety in Ottawa

One of the most important concerns that travelers have on a daily basis is making sure they are safe at all times. Ottawa is generally considered a pretty safe place, however, here are a few warnings and dangers you should prepare for (just in case).

Police Downtown

The downtown area in Ottawa is pretty popular and packed (especially during the weekends). Keeping this in mind, always be aware that there is always a heavy presence of police during weekends and major party events. Their tight knit police force is pretty strict with defusing any hostile situations as soon as possible.

A common situation the police face downtown is bribe attempts via cash. Unfortunately that does not work and will only make a bad situation even worse.


Depending upon the day, street, and/or major event, traffic can become a pretty big issue for some. If you run into a situation (let’s say on Bank St for example) where someone decides to have road rage or inclement weather occurs, stay calm.

If someone threatens you, stay in your car by all means and call the police immediately. In weather inclement situations, park yourself in a safe place away from any other traffic and call the police. Locals are generally nice and helpful in weather inclement situations.

Rideau Center/King Edward Areas

Even if you are an adult, it is highly recommended that you take the buddy system here. Along the Rideau Center and King Edward areas are where gangs and other generally reside at night. They are usually looking to mug/rob individuals (especially those who are alone and tourists). Please be safe and stay aware of your surroundings at all times.

Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about areas to avoid in Ottawa.

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