Lees Station is located between the Lees Avenue overpass and Highway 417. The University of Ottawa's Lees campus is also situated directly across the street from the station. The station provides an important link between the University of Ottawa's two campuses, by serving as a shuttle for students between both Lees Station and uOttawa station. Several large high-density apartment complexes are also located within minutes of the station.

This station contains only one entrance off Lees Avenue. Lees Station offers the opportunity to view train movements and activity, either from within the station or from the outside as the approaches from Hurdman and uOttawa Stations are easily visible. In addition, a multi-use pathway runs along the side of the station and connects uOttawa to Hurdman and beyond, giving yet another way to observe the trains in action at different points. 

The station's artwork is also easily visible inside and outside of the station, with several features mounted on the walls of the pathway.

The layout of the station is that of side platforms, covered by glass canopies, which feature layered patterns on the glass. A small plaza area is located outside the station entrance, complete with benches and seating. Overall, an unassuming station that surprises with how well it integrates into its community and neighbourhood.


One of the most unique features of Lees is its location and vantage points granted as a result. Being able to see train movements and activity in several different ways, from along the multi-use pathway, to the station itself, to the Lees Avenue overpass, and the nearby Hurdman bridge that crosses the Rideau River, Lees Station has an extensive variety of observation points all located within minutes of the station entrance, sure to satisfy the most demanding O-Train enthusiast.

The station's artwork is also very well integrated into the station. For example, the layered patterns on the glass panels that enclose the platform area blend in with the natural vegetation and green that surrounds the station.


Title: Transparent Passage

Artist: Amy Thompson (Ottawa, ON)

Transparent Passage consists of layered patterns on glass and sculptural elements of a bird in flight. These line the westbound multi-use pathway and are within view of the eastbound platform.

We begin this narrative with the Rideau River, its current carving and winding its way through the landscape. Animals created paths alongside the river, then groups of humans followed, hunting and gathering, then building and industrializing. Invisible trails are marked in the sky by birds, while history is quietly recorded through more tangible signs, such as the oxidization of metal and the rings expanding within the trunk of a tree. These traces form a compendium, but instead of following a linear narrative, a more natural, dynamic tale of the area is told, where the layers of history and meaning both overlap and are built one on top of another.

By using symbols from various time periods pertinent to the area, along with a natural colour palette that represents the passing of time, Transparent Passage captures both the tangible and intangible layers of history and gives a simultaneous sense of our place within this journey.

Artwork descriptions provided by the City of Ottawa

  • Opening Date: September 14, 2019
  • Line: Confederation Line
  • Previous Station: Hurdman (705 metres)
  • Following Station: uOttawa (900 metres)


  • Balanced Boardings: 108,000
  • Weekday Average: 4,300
  • Weekend Average: 2,000

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

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Snapshot of Lees Station - April 13, 2019


 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.

Lees Station

The entrance to Lees Station
Looking down towards the platforms
The multiuse pathway is to the right, passing alongside the station.
The tracks leading to the station
And away towards Hurdman, heading East.
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Snapshot of Lees Station - November 4, 2018

The entrance to Lees Station, along Lees Avenue. Notice the completed Station name lantern that will glow at night.
Looking down towards the station from the Lees Avenue overpass. The station entrance is placed by the top left of the image.
The main entrance to the station.
And the ticket and fare vending machines.
Behind the security gate are the fare gates, controlling access to the station.
Once passing through the gates, you will descend by the stairs or elevators to platform level.
The glass overhead canopies feature blue artwork.
The platforms of Lees Station. Notice the multi-use pathway located behind the far platform's glass wall.
Lees Station marker.
The tracks leading from Lees Station towards Hurdman (to the left).
Next Station, Hurdman. Prochaine station, Hurdman.
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Snapshot of Lees Station - June 9, 2019

Snapshot of Lees Station - June 9, 2019

Lees Station 

The crossing over the Rideau River, between Hurdman in the distance and Lees.
The multi-use pathway is located just to the side of the tracks on the bridge.
Lees Station entrance and fare vending machines.
Fare gates and elevators to the platforms.
Looking in through the glass, you can see the stairs and the lower platform level.
The platforms and next train signs.
Looking towards the station from Lees Avenue overpass.
The multi-use pathway is to the right of the station, and continues to uOttawa.
Looking in the direction of Hurdman.
The platforms.
The multi-use pathway runs along side the station.
The public art of the station takes form in the glass panel wall of the fare paid zone on the platforms. The art can be enjoyed from both sides.
Looking in towards the platforms.
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Snapshot of Lees Station - January 10, 2019

The entrance of Lees Station.
Interestingly, the station lantern has the logo but the station name LEES has been removed, sometime since our last visit.
Fare vending machines and station entrance.
Side angle shot.
Looking into the station and the platforms from the rear.
The glass panels integrate the public art of the station.
The multifunction pathway runs behind the glass panel wall.
The pathway continues towards uOttawa Station and beyond.
Looking at the station from the Lees Avenue overpass. The multifunction pathway is to the right.
The elevator cages flank both sides of the tracks and platforms.
The track and guideway leading from Hurdman to Lees Station.
And in the opposite direction to cross the Rideau River and reach Hurdman Station.
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