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Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

In general, Ottawa is very safe, even in the evening. It’s best to avoid Rideau St between Sussex Dr and King Edward Ave – in the daytime it’s cluttered with smoke-spewing buses and hordes of commuters, and throughout the evening it’s the preferred hangout for vagrants. The friendly ByWard Market can get a bit of an edge in the late evening, with minor drug and prostitution traffic.