Lyon Station is one of three downtown underground stations along the Confederation Line.

As this station is located underground, station entrances are integrated into several surrounding buildings. Place de Ville has direct access via its underground concourse level, with an additional entrance from the exterior of the Podium Building, along Queen Street. A second entrance is located at the corner of Queen and Lyon Streets. This entrance is currently a standalone entrance, but a new real-estate development, the Claridge Moon project, will rise and integrate above this entrance building over the coming years.

The station's layout is such that the two entrances do not link at the concourse level without having to pass through the fare gates.

The main concourse is quite impressive, the space is vast, open and airy and passengers can easily pass through this important area of the station easily at all times of the day.

At the platform level, located 18.5 metres below ground, the main colour is yellow, reflected in the accents on the walls.


The most unique feature of this station is the large open and bright space of the concourse that just feels massive in size.

Another interesting feature is the connection to Place de Ville. This building complex comprises 4 office buildings, a food court, as well as 2 hotels, all linked by an underground concourse, spread over two full city blocks.

The artwork in this station, specifically "This Images Replies on Positive Thinking" is also quite expansive and omnipresent throughout the entrances and hallways to reach the concourse. And on the concourse level, the central art piece "With Words as their Actions", encourages passengers to slow down to read and discover some history of Bytown and Ottawa.

In the near future, this station will also be a key link between Ottawa's OC Transpo transit network and Gatineau's STO bus lines, with most of the Gatineau bus routes connecting through this station.


Title: With Words as their Actions

Artist: PLANT Architect (Toronto, ON)

With Words as their Actions, celebrates women as keepers of history – and in particular, the 32 women who, in 1898, founded the Ottawa chapter of the Women's Canadian Historical Society (now the Historical Society of Ottawa). In 1954, Anne Dewar, a member of the society, presented The Last Days of Bytown, a lively documentation of life in the community a century earlier, when it was on the verge of changing its name from Bytown to Ottawa and becoming Canada's capital. With Words as their Actions features Dewar's 5,000-word text laser-cut into a curving, stainless steel curtain. Lines of text cut through on one side in English interweave with the French translation cut through on the other side, recalling the intricacy of hand embroidery and other fibre arts traditionally considered 'women's work'. Instead of reading this lacy curtain of words all at once, passengers can absorb a bit of it each time they pass through the station. The turned-out letters that add texture to the artwork also act as bookmarks, making it easy to 'pick up where you left off'. Silhouettes of the society's founders gathered in conversation preside over the curtain, passing knowledge to each other and to the viewer.

Artwork descriptions provided by the City of Ottawa

Title: This Image Relies On Positive Thinking

Artist: Geoff McFetridge (Calgary, AB)

For this integrated piece, Artist Geoff McFetridge uses human figures as graphic elements to reflect on his impressions of contemporary life. Nearly typographic in their simplicity, the figures speak to the "house of cards" nature of living in a city. The people he portrays are both noise makers and noise complainers. His people are equal collaborators in the pyramid scheme with no end that is life in the city. Geoff McFetridge aims at creating a visual community by promoting ideas of unity and collaboration. With no distinctive characteristics or defining features, his figures are meant to portray a familiar and universal symbol of humankind that celebrates equality.

Artwork descriptions provided by the City of Ottawa

  • Opening Date: September 14, 2019
  • Line: Confederation Line
  • Previous Station: Parliament (400 metres)
  • Following Station: Pimisi (840 metres)
  • Platform Depth: 18.5 metres below ground


  • Balanced Boardings: 275,000
  • Weekday Average: 12,100
  • Weekend Average: 2,300

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

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Snapshot of Lyon Station - August 9, 2018

Next is the integrated entrance for Lyon Station, pictured here in the Podium Building of Place de Ville.
And the interior. Already a fan of the typeface on the overhead signage.
These next two are of the entrance kiosk of Lyon Station at the corner of Lyon and Queen.
And the opposite angle.
And looking up towards the Delta hotel. The glass awnings are an excellent touch to finish the look.
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Snapshot of Lyon Station - August 20, 2018

A tow truck pulling a failed cement truck.
The central shaft at the corner of Queen and Kent is being closed, little by little.
Cement is pumped via a boom truck into the central shaft.
One of the entrances to Lyon Station, pictured here underneath the Podium Building at Place de Ville.
More street-scaping taking place on Queen Street, between Kent and Lyon.
The entrance to the station in the Podium Building facade.
A look inside from a different angle. The stairs and escalator ahead to the left.
And yet another angle. The elevators would be directly to the left in this shot.
Inside on the underground concourse of Place de Ville, we can see the interior integrated entrance to Lyon Station. Boarded off but soon to be accessible. Interesting to note that there was an OC Transpo sales and ticket centre in this very location in the past.
The Lyon Station entrance kiosk building at Queen and Lyon, just across from the Delta hotel.
Looking down from the Penthouse level of the Delta.
And across towards Pimisi and Bayview Stations far in the distance.
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Snapshot of Lyon Station - September 13, 2018

Snapshot of Lyon Station - September 13, 2018
The central shaft, located at corner of Queen and Kent. The gantry crane and deep shaft have now moved into history... the entrance now filled in and sealed.
Streetscaping on Queen between Kent and Lyon continues on the south side of the street.
The interlock stones are now being placed. The rest shouldn't be far off now.
The Lyon Station entrance in the Podium Building. The construction hoardings have been removed allowing better views inside and around.
Escalator and stairs towards the underground concourse.
The entrance kiosk building at Lyon and Queen. Construction hoardings are also down at this entrance.
Looking inside the entrance.
And the twin elevators down towards the concourse.
Overall, good progress is visible from our last update about 4 weeks ago.

In my own opinion, the section of streetscaping from Lyon to Kent should wrap up in the next two weeks based on the progress seen. The section from O'Connor to Metcalfe probably another month. You can see that the construction sites at Lyon Station are demobilizing little by little, with the construction zones shrinking to the immediate perimeters of the stations in several cases. The work at Parliament Station continues to progress but the impact on the surface is felt more than around Lyon Station for the time being.

The integrated entrance inside Place de Ville in the underground mall area is visually unchanged, the construction hoardings blocking the station entrance and surroundings remain in place at this time. For those interested, there is construction work happening inside Place de Ville by the twin escalators by the Albert Street entrance. The escalators are being replaced with newer models. A temporary stairway will be constructed in the near future in the closed off section. This is no doubt in anticipation of increased traffic from the Lyon Station and the old legacy single file escalators not being up to the task of carrying that capacity.

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Snapshot of Lyon Station - November 7, 2018


  Lyon Station

Integrated entrance to Lyon Station in the Podium Building. Notice the sleek entrance canopy above.
The Lyon Station signage looks amazing when lit up at night. You can see the elevators to the rear of the shot.
Corner of the station entrance. The white frame is the station name lantern, to be installed shortly. Further to the right, the wood planks between the glass are for another station name lantern.
The standalone kiosk entrance for Lyon Station at the corner of Lyon and Queen Streets.
The exterior is nearly completed. All that remains is the station name lantern, again to be mounted in the white metal frame. The wood planks in the windows are to shield from view the interior and protect the glass from the inside. They are not a sign of work to be done.
Notice the small pot lights mounted on the glass canopy.
Lyon Station O-Train marker. Very eye catching, especially at night.
This photo was taken on November 6th, a day before the rest of this blog entry. The sunset was too nice to pass up.
And finally the integrated entrance of Lyon Station from within the Place de Ville underground concourse.
All it is missing is the station name above the doors.
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Snapshot of Lyon Station - June 13, 2019


Lyon Station

Integrated entrance to Lyon Station from the Podium Building.
Interior entrance from the underground concourse of Place de Ville.
The entrance is in the form of a ramp that makes you walk around...
And through another set of doors to reach the station.
The station entrance at the corner of Lyon and Queen. The surrounding area has been cleared for new developments, specifically the Claridge Moon project, which will see towers rise over the station.
Looking into the station entrance building from the main doors.
And the escalators and stairs.
Another angle , this time showing the top of the escalator and the elevators.
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Snapshot of Lyon Station - January 9, 2019

Entrance from Lyon and Queen.
Inside, you can see the elevators.
And the escalator (stairs underneath scaffolding).
The elevators.
Entrance from Place de Ville's Podium Building.
The entrance doors seen from inside.
The stairs and escalator.
And the elevators.
The interior entrance to Lyon Station from the underground concourse of Place de Ville.
The escalators seen in the above picture meet up at the far end of this photo.
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