Tremblay Station is located directly next to the VIA Rail Ottawa station. In addition to providing access to the VIA Rail station, it also serves Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park (Baseball Stadium), the Hampton Inn and Marriot Courtyard hotels via the Max Keeping pedestrian bridge that crosses over Highway 417, as well as to other nearby destinations.
Tremblay Station offers one entrance, and a side platform layout. The entrance is oriented towards the VIA Rail station and features an overhead canopy to help shield passengers from the natural elements. This canopy is the main art installation and features mirrored stainless steel cutouts of the different provincial and territorial flowers that hang and sway with the wind, which also allow sunlight to pass through from above. It is definitely worth seeing in person as the effect and uniqueness cannot be replicated in photo. Surrounding this area is a public plaza, complete with benches and seating.
From the large open concourse, stairs and dual elevator banks provide access to the platform level below. The first half of the platforms is contained within the station building, while the far end extends beyond and is surrounded by glass curtain walls, providing views of the surrounding natural vegetation and green spaces, especially along the far end of the westbound platform.
Overall, Tremblay Station is a station with a relatively simple design that offers large open and airy spaces, great viewpoints of the track and beyond, and calming scenery outside the station walls. With stunning artwork outside along the pathway to the entrance, and the abundance of natural light inside, Tremblay is a standout example of design and execution of making a public transit facility a welcoming place.
The stunning artwork at this station is among the best along the Confederation Line. The intricacy and detail achieved demonstrate plenty of imagination in its design. It truly must be seen in person to be appreciated.
The open spaces, airy feeling and soaring rooflines of the station combine perfectly to create an inviting environment to catch the train. As this station is one of the first places people arriving in Ottawa by VIA Rail will visit, it is a perfect setting, both visually and in design to fulfill this important role of welcoming visitors and tourists in addition to residents returning home.
Places of Interest
- Opening Date: September 14, 2019
- Line: Confederation Line
- Previous Station: St-Laurent (1300 metres)
- Following Station: Hurdman (945 metres)
Title: National Garden
Artist: Jyhling Lee (Toronto, ON)
National Garden is an imaginary landscape composed of the official flowers from each Canadian province, territory and the City of Ottawa. Situated alongside the VIA Rail Station, the sculptural plaza canopy recognizes the faraway destinations that can be reached by train and acknowledges the distant places that travellers may have come from. The flowers are mementos from abroad. National Garden celebrates both the romance of travel and recognizes, through the depiction of vernacular flowers, the unique and delicate qualities of Canadian culture and the physical landscape.
Mirrored finish stainless steel panels will be integrated onto the underside of the glass canopy over the pedestrian walkway towards the station from the VIA Rail Station. The panels will have cut-outs with fold over pieces depicting various silhouettes of provincial and territorial flowers, and Ottawa's municipal flower.
Artwork descriptions provided by the City of Ottawa