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East towards Montréal
From downtown, take the number 86 OC Transpo bus towards Elmvale and get off at Southvale / Russell. Keep walking down Russell towards the intersection of Walkley and Russell. Cross the street to the southeast side of the intersection, and go to the shoulder right at the start of the right-turn lane. The last time I hitched from here, I got picked up in literally five minutes. Just make sure your ride is going towards Montreal, as from this point people can be going either northbound or southbound on the 417.
There's also a pretty decent spot outside Lee's station. Walk up to Lee's Ave, turn right, and walk past the apartment complexes to the Trans Canada on-ramp. There isn't a shoulder, but there is a paved area right at the entrance of the On-Ramp where cars can stop. Wait times are usually under 40 mins, although can be longer depending on the day.
Take the 96 bus from the Rideau Centre from downtown Ottawa towards Kanata (a lot of buses from within Ottawa will meet up here, but will drop you off on the other side of the mall. Walk through the mall to the Mackenzie King Bridge entrance to catch the 96). You can try getting off at the stop beside the Eagleton Road on ramp for the 417 as it has a good shoulder, or keep going west a little on the bus until it stops at the Terry Fox Centre. Walk up to Terry Fox Drive - there are two on ramps there and one of them has a good shoulder to stand on.