There are few better places for a folk festival than Britannia Park, but when the crowds start rolling, parking spots fill up quickly.
This year, organizers of the fest are making it easy for music fans to get in and out of the riverside venue by offering a free shuttle.
Starting at 4:15 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on the weekend, buses running from Café Nostalgica on the University of Ottawa campus and Lincoln Fields station will be taking concertgoers to the festival grounds in Britannia Park.
The last shuttle returning downtown will leave the festival site at midnight on each of the three nights.
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“We want to make it as easy as possible for people to get to the festival without having to drive,” said festival director Dylan Griffith. “We also want to provide plenty of options for folks who like to enjoy a few beers with their music.”
Griffith said having the shuttle is a step toward their goal of producing a zero-waste festival by 2013, which would be the festival’s 20th anniversary.
The site is very bicycle friendly, for people who want to contribute to the zero-waste festival this weekend. And it is already served by OC Transpo routes 16, 85 and 97.
Out-of-town festivalgoers will find an affordable option of camping at the nearby Ottawa municipal campground and riding their bikes shows.