Dow's Lake Station is one of the 5 original O-Train stations in Ottawa. Opened on October 15, 2001 with the initial network, this station is located off of Carling Avenue, just across from Dow's Lake. This station was originally named Carling, but was renamed in 2020 to Dow's Lake as part of the Stage 2 expansion to better align with nearby destinations.
This station primarily serves the businesses along Carling Avenue, the Rideau Canal and Dow's Lake, as well as providing a connection to the nearby Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus.
Dow's Lake Station is accessible below street level by stairs and elevator access from Carling Avenue near the intersection of Preston Avenue in Little Italy.
The station's layout is relatively simple. From street level, a path guides you to the fare gate kiosk, and from there you have the option of taking the stairs or the elevator to platform level. The stairs have an embedded heating system, to aid in the removal of snow and ice during the winter.
This station was modified in 2017 to accommodate the installation of fare gates and the kiosk building. As a result, the stairs were slightly reconfigured as they previously were accessible directly from the pathway.
As there is only one platform to board trains in either direction, attention must be paid to the train's destination sign or the direction of travel of the arriving train, Greenboro for trains heading left and Bayview for trains heading right.
This station does not contain any public art on display. Its location below grade and away from the street provides a quiet area to wait, in a trenched area of cut rock.
This is the only Line 2 Station that is below grade, requiring access via stairs or elevator to reach the platform level from the entrance.