Pimisi

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Pimisi Station is located in LeBreton Flats, specifically underneath the Booth Street Bridge. This station serves as a major transfer point to Gatineau as well as for big events in the region, such as Bluesfest, in addition to the Canadian War Museum located nearby.

This area of the city is poised to undergo significant redevelopment in the coming years and as a result, the station was built to accommodate this future growth.

Pimisi Station's design and many public art pieces showcase the Algonquin culture and reflect on the historical and contemporary cultural significance of the Algonquin people.

The station design features a centre platform, allowing easy access to trains heading in both directions. Entrances are located on both sides of the Booth Street Bridge, with an additional entrance located underneath the station, allowing access to the multi-use pathway and the Pimisi plaza. Additionally, stairs and an elevator provide access from the plaza to the Booth Street Bridge, without the need for passing through the station or the fare gates.

From the eastern entrance on the Booth Street Bridge, expansive glass windows afford passengers a clear view of train movements through the western tunnel portal entrance.

UNIQUE FEATURES

The station's unique design, thanks in part to its entrances above and below the station, allows passengers to both pass over and underneath the guideway, a unique design characteristic that is only shared with Bayview.

The artwork integrated and on display at the station is both stunning and extensive. From the Algonquin Canoe hanging over the platform level to the Pimisi (Eel) in the plaza area, and more, the Algonquin influence and culture are clearly reflected and respected at this station. While the station is located in the city, the plaza promotes calmness in an otherwise busy and bustling region of the city. With plenty of benches and places to sit, rest and relax, Pimisi Station stands out with stunning design, architecture, artwork and landscaping.

The platform level of the station is also unique in that the design is not symmetrical between the eastbound and westbound platforms. The eastbound platform is capped by tinted glazed panels (Birch forest fence), while the westbound platform is enclosed by a slanted wall with vertical glass slits that look out towards the plaza.

PUBLIC ARTWORK

Each of the integrated artistic elements at Pimisi Station pays homage to the Algonquin relationship to the land – specifically to the eel, the birch and the ash tree. The intent of artist Nadia Myre has been to both celebrate Algonquin culture and to remind visitors of the fragile ecosystem we inhabit.

Artwork descriptions provided by the City of Ottawa

Title: untitled (Pimisi/Eel)

Artist: Nadia Myre (Montreal, QC)

The eel is sacred to the Algonquin people and has been an essential part of their culture for thousands of years. It is a source of spirituality, medicine and nutrition. To mark that significance, an 8-metre-tall chromed eel is being created as a beacon and a landmark at the station. Standing vertically in the aqueduct next to the station, the eel will be installed with its head diving into a fissure between rocks, its surface reflecting and disappearing into its surroundings.

Title: untitled (Woven basket)

Artist: Nadia Myre (Montreal, QC)

Facing the north entrance on the lower level plaza, a three-metre sculpture of a split-ash woven basket will serve as a welcome area for visitors. Because the basket signifies trade, shared knowledge and abundance, it will be an apt symbol for the space, designed as a meeting place.

Title: untitled (Birch forest fence)

Artist: Nadia Myre (Montreal, QC)

The row of birch trees windscreen replaces the location of a planned snow fence, running parallel along the east and west side of the train platform and will be fabricated out of tinted glazed panels.

Title: Algonquin Canoe

Lead artist: Simon Brascoupé (Ottawa, ON)

Artist: Emily Brascoupé-Hoefler (Ottawa, ON)

Artist: Sherry-Ann Rodgers (Gatineau, QC)

Artist: Doreen Stevens (Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, QC)

Artist: Sylvia Tennisco (Pikwàkanagàn, ON)

Occupying a place of prominence in the station's concourse the installation Algonquin Canoe Paddle features 100 paddles, each hand-painted by Algonquin Anishinabe artists and arranged in the shape of a canoe. The piece is inspired by the Algonquin teaching that it takes many people to paddle a canoe.

While the artists involved were of all ages – youth, adults and elders alike – the project was led by internationally known Algonquin artist Simon Brascoupé. Brascoupé mentored four Algonquin Anishinabe artists – Emily Brascoupé-Hoefler, Doreen Stevens, Sherry-Ann Rodgers and Sylvia Tennisco – who in turn conducted paddle-making and painting workshops in Algonquin communities throughout the region. The paddles created through that process were featured at art exhibits both in Algonquin communities and in Ottawa before being installed at Pimisi Station.

Title: Algonquin Moose

Artist: Simon Brascoupé (Ottawa, ON)

Brascoupé's sculpture of a moose is installed at the west end of the Pimisi plaza. Measuring 3.7 metres in height, the sculpture is big enough for passengers, pedestrians and motorists alike to enjoy. The sculpture, which faces the rising sun, is red to represent fall colours and life.

Title: Algonquin Birch Bark Biting Window Art

Artists: Simon Brascoupé, Claire Brascoupé and Mairi Brascoupé

Pimisi Station also features designs inspired by the ancient art of Algonquin birch bark biting. This process traditionally involves using the teeth to create intricate designs on pieces of birch bark. Designs created by Brascoupé and other artists are applied to the station's glass windows. They represent Algonquin teachings such as the sacredness of all things, relationships and seasonal cycles.

STATION FACTS AND MAP
  • Opening Date: September 14, 2019
  • Line: Confederation Line
  • Previous Station: Lyon (840 metres)
  • Following Station: Bayview (730 metres)

STATION RIDERSHIP (November 2019)

  • Balanced Boardings: 89,000
  • Weekday Average: 3,600
  • Weekend Average: 1,400

Balanced boardings are the average number of entries and exits at O-Train stations. 

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Snapshot of Pimisi Station - June 13, 2019

Snapshot of Pimisi Station - June 13, 2019

Pimisi Station 

Main entrance of the station.
The station entrance with fare gates and fare vending machines.
And immediately to the right, stairs and elevator to access the multi-use pathway located below.
Fare gates and the eastbound platform below in the distance.
Eastbound on the left, and Westbound on the right. Easily accessible from the centre platform of the station. Notice the incredible artwork mounted from the ceiling at platform level.
The secondary entrance located across the street.
The secondary entrance, with fare gates and fare vending machines.
The Pimisi Owl, no doubt to scare of troublesome birds.
Fare gates at this entrance.
The bus shelters of Pimisi Station. Bright, clean and spacious.
The station platform for the eastbound line.
Train arriving, heading towards Blair Station in the east.
View from the opposite side, showing the multi-use pathway, and the station plaza area.
Public art, "Pimisi", which means Eel in Algonquin.
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Snapshot of Pimisi Station - April 13, 2019

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 Taking a look at Lees, uOttawa, Pimisi and Bayview Stations along the O-Train Confederation Line. With plenty of LRV testing taking place, the stations are bustling with activity and life.


 Pimisi Station

The main entrance of Pimisi Station. To the right are stairs and an elevator to access the multi-use pathway below.
A closeup of the stairs and elevator to the pathway below.
The second entrance to Pimisi Station, located directly across Booth Street.
Fare vending machines positioned to the left.
Looking inside you can see the escalators.
And the downtown tunnel western portal.
In this photo you can see the multi-use pathway as well as the plaza area of the station. The stairs and elevator from the earlier photos reaches this level and is to the left of the photo.
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Snapshot of Pimisi Station - January 9, 2019

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The main Pimisi Station entrance, located on the western side of Booth Street.
Elevator down to the multifunction pathway below.
Looking west towards Bayview Station. You can see a tunnel entrance, that connects the pathway from one side of the station to the other.
The second entrance of Pimisi, this time on the eastern side of Booth Street.
The platforms.
The tiling and glass panels look extremely nice.
The platforms. Notice the yellow posts, designed to block off the space that is present between two coupled trains.
Fare vending machines, boarded off.
Main entrance.
Second entrance on opposite side of Booth Street.
Guideway towards downtown and Lyon Station.
The downtown tunnel towards Lyon Station.
Pimisi (eel) public art. Always sparkling and shining at every visit.
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Snapshot of Pimisi Station - November 18, 2018

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Pimisi Station, main entrance on the west side of Booth Street.
The public art, Pimisi (Eel in Algonquin). Stunning to see in person as the reflection and sunlight sparkle.
The main entrance roof line, with security cameras extending down.
The rounded metal segments, used to form the elevator mesh cages.
The station name lantern being assembled.
A view of the stairs and elevator.
The multi-use pathway underpass, with a station name lantern positioned to the side.
Looking down to the platforms and the track. Bayview Station seen in the distance.
The side facade of the station will allow in plenty of natural sunlight.
Now looking at the second entrance to Pimisi Station, this time on the east side of Booth Street.
Beyond the station, the west portal of the downtown tunnel.
The tracks heading to the west portal.
A close up of the west portal, the end-point of the 2.5km underground tunnel that passes below the downtown core.
One of the elevators, and the ticket vending machines.
The ticket vending machines, powered up but not yet in service.
Looking down at the base of one of the elevators.
One final look at Pimisi, with the O-Train station marker standing nearby.
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Snapshot of Pimisi Station - August 18, 2018

Snapshot of Pimisi Station - August 18, 2018

Pimisi Station

Pimisi Station and the Booth Street bridge as seen from near the War Museum
Outdoor public art on display next to the station and the multi use pathway
The main side of Pimisi Station
Main entrance and elevator. Note that this elevator and the one in the following 2-3 pictures accesses the multi use pathway only and does not access the interior of the station.
The second elevator that accesses the multi use pathway below the station
An underpass for the multi use pathway that runs beneath the tracks to the other side
Same part of the station as above but the other side with the tracks
The second entrance to Pimisi Station
The west portal downtown tunnel entrance just down the tracks
Stairs, escalator and elevator.
The station lantern sign to the left, awaiting assembly.
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