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Hello Ottawa bus fans,

I would like to know your opinion on the best places to take bus photos in and around Ottawa (Gatineau included) for my future visits there. Usually I go on Rideau St. and near the downtown area. I am tired of going there, but that's where most of the action is with OCTranspo and STO buses running there.

I am going back to Ottawa in early August with my wife and kids to the new Nature museum, but it won't be the time to go for bus photos. I am thinking of going in May 2011 on Victoria Day weekend, around May 26th, which is a Thursday (it's the only good chance of spending the day there doing what I want). That week my wife will be in Toronto with her 6th graders on a school trip and my little one will be spending the week at my in-laws and my eldest will be with ner mother, my ex and at school in third grade.

I know it's a long way 'till next May, but I want to make a list of places I can go, I plan on laeving Montreal with my car early in the morning and trying to Ottawa by the end of rush hour. I am thinking of leaving around 5 or 6 PM since I'll have to get up at 4:30 AM the next morning to go to work. I welcome any suggestions on your part since you guys live there and I am looking forward to my next visit to your beautiful city. :P

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Hello Ottawa bus fans,

I would like to know your opinion on the best places to take bus photos in and around Ottawa (Gatineau included) for my future visits there. Usually I go on Rideau St. and near the downtown area. I am tired of going there, but that's where most of the action is with OCTranspo and STO buses running there.

I am going back to Ottawa in early August with my wife and kids to the new Nature museum, but it won't be the time to go for bus photos. I am thinking of going in May 2011 on Victoria Day weekend, around May 26th, which is a Thursday (it's the only good chance of spending the day there doing what I want). That week my wife will be in Toronto with her 6th graders on a school trip and my little one will be spending the week at my in-laws and my eldest will be with ner mother, my ex and at school in third grade.

I know it's a long way 'till next May, but I want to make a list of places I can go, I plan on laeving Montreal with my car early in the morning and trying to Ottawa by the end of rush hour. I am thinking of leaving around 5 or 6 PM since I'll have to get up at 4:30 AM the next morning to go to work. I welcome any suggestions on your part since you guys live there and I am looking forward to my next visit to your beautiful city. :lol:

Even though I don't live there, I've been there a few times, and if you don't mind a hike and some fast-motion shooting, may I suggest somewhere along the Ottawa River Parkway (between Dominion and Lincoln Fields)? I have seen at least videos from along the Parkway, not shots, but it seems like an ideal location to shoot some buses going by at 100km/h or better...

Another probable good location is along Carling Avenue, west OR east of 417 (If East of 417, try between Kirkwood and Holland, if west, try between Richmond Av and Lincoln Fields Station...at Westgate Plaza (corner of Carling and Merivale, just east of 417), you have the 85, 101, 151, and 176 (mainly D60LFs and Inveros, with the occasional Orion VI or VII); between Richmond and Lincoln Fields, you have the 16 (Orion VII hybrid central), 85, 97 (Transitway route, which means D60LFs and rigids on trippers), 116, 154, and 156. Plenty of opportunities to get all the OC Transpo buses you want.

Hope this helps!

--Dr. C

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I'm surprised no one mentioned Hurdman...
Hurdman is not a good location for photos, there is too many things that get in your way there.

As for the Ottawa River Parkway, that is a great location, not only because of the angle and such, but because it is also on NCC land, where the OC cops have no power. When they are on NCC Land, they have as much power as you have. So you don't have to answer any of their questions, nor do you have to do anything.

But they don't seem to care much anymore.

There is also a good PM location on Albert at Commissionaires. We have photographed there a few times, and it is pretty good. Great sun angle, and it's along the Transitway.

Btw Dr. Casca, for Westgate, it is now full of VIIs. Merivale got VIIs and now the 151 and 176 are almost always VIIs. Just letting you know.

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Hurdman's not a good spot because of the things that get in your way. The only "good" thing about Hurdman is the frequency of buses.

I was going to say, the chances for any driver calling security is very quick.

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I'm surprised no one mentioned Hurdman...

My reason for not Mentioning Hurdman is because technically, unless you have someone from OC Transpo escorting you or Transit Law accomodating you at that station or any other Transitway Station, you aren't allowed to take photos at Transitway Stations, especially Hurdman and its smorgasbord of buses. I mentioned a few places OFF the Transitway to photograph buses so that you don't risk a confrontation with Transit Law.

Also, no one mentioned downtown Ottawa, I didn't mention it because 1) everyone has shots of buses down there, mainly Rideau, Albert, Slater, or Elgin Streets, and 2) during the rush hours, too much going on to really get good, clean, crisp pictures. You can try Elgin and Albert or Elgin and Slater, just before the Bridge to Mackensie-King Station, but I suggested the Ottawa River Parkway and Carling Avenue to kinda CYA and not deal with Transit Law while on the Transitway.

--Dr. C

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My reason for not Mentioning Hurdman is because technically, unless you have someone from OC Transpo escorting you or Transit Law accomodating you at that station or any other Transitway Station, you aren't allowed to take photos at Transitway Stations, especially Hurdman and its smorgasbord of buses. I mentioned a few places OFF the Transitway to photograph buses so that you don't risk a confrontation with Transit Law.

Also, no one mentioned downtown Ottawa, I didn't mention it because 1) everyone has shots of buses down there, mainly Rideau, Albert, Slater, or Elgin Streets, and 2) during the rush hours, too much going on to really get good, clean, crisp pictures. You can try Elgin and Albert or Elgin and Slater, just before the Bridge to Mackenzie-King Station, but I suggested the Ottawa River Parkway and Carling Avenue to kinda CYA and not deal with Transit Law while on the Transitway.

--Dr. C

Transit law can only stop and ask u why your taking pictures only until the current bylaw is updated they can't say its not allowed to take photos as

photos for personal use are permitted anywhere on transit property as long as its in public space. if any transit law trys to tell u different refure to sub section 7 of the transit bylaw. The only stn i would recommend not taking pictures at is Mackenzie-King Station as the Department of National Defect (Defence) is located on the bridge and the mall security can be asses towards transit fans.

I would also recommend the terresses in Hull Quebec as you can get both oc and sto during the weekday rushes.

(7) Subsection (6) does not apply to the following:

(a) the operation by a person of any camera, video recording device, movie camera or similar device on a transit vehicle where such operation is for personal use; or

(:P the operation by a person of any camera, video recording device, movie camera or similar device on a transit station platform area where such operation is for personal use.

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I was going to say, the chances for any driver calling security is very quick.
My reason for not Mentioning Hurdman is because technically, unless you have someone from OC Transpo escorting you or Transit Law accomodating you at that station or any other Transitway Station, you aren't allowed to take photos at Transitway Stations, especially Hurdman and its smorgasbord of buses. I mentioned a few places OFF the Transitway to photograph buses so that you don't risk a confrontation with Transit Law.
As "jlarocque2005" mentioned, it is not illegal under the current bylaw. This is why I am more than happy to take pictures at any transitway station, mainly because I am allowed. However most stations are too busy so your almost guaranteed to get something in your way.

However sometimes I like to get photos with people in the way and such as sometimes it can make a good "public transit PR" photo.

Transit law can only stop and ask u why your taking pictures only until the current bylaw is updated they can't say its not allowed to take photos as

photos for personal use are permitted anywhere on transit property as long as its in public space. if any transit law trys to tell u different refure to sub section 7 of the transit bylaw.

Also you must mention under conduct or else they won't know which section your talking about. If they say that it is still illegal, all transit law officers are supposed to carry a copy of the bylaw in their car. So if they continue with that stance, just ask them to see the bylaw that says it is illegal, and educate them on the bylaw that they were supposed to read when they first got hired. Every officer I've ran into is more than willing to go and get the bylaw.

This is why it is also not required to carry a paper version of the bylaw since they are required to have a copy of the bylaw.

Also for the record, fare inspectors are not transit law officers, they share the same radio channel as the transit law officers, but they aren't transit law officers, they only have the authority to write up fines for fare related issues. All they can do otherwise is call over their radio for some transit law officer to respond.

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Actually in my experience, I've never had any problems fanning at Hurdman or OC Transpo in general.

I was taking photos at Hurdman back in 1997 and I was stopped by security, who told me I needed permission from OC's head office to take photos on transit property. A few years later I called OC for permission to take photos around the St. Laurent garage and was denied--something about not wanting the public to see the old scrapped buses. Ever since, I've been careful, either taking photos from public property or just quick shots at a Transitway station. And I do take photos at Mackenzie King, being very careful to avoid getting DND HQ in the shot. :)

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