Visit Canada during Canada’s big year. Throughout 2017, Ottawa will be the focal point of the celebrations making 150th of Canada’s Confederation. Head to Ottawa in 2017 and be part of 12 months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations that will spark your imagination. Here is a great video and some highlights to mark in your calendar.
January to DecemberA series of EPIC stunts, gatherings and happenings presented in the most surprising locations. $
Ottawa Welcomes the World
January to DecemberEmbassies will mark their country’s national celebration at the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park with food, music and more. Free
January to DecemberSurround yourself in the simplicity of rural Ottawa at an entertaining and unique outdoor event.
Red Bull Crashed Ice
March 3 and 4Red Bull Crashed Ice makes its Ottawa debut on the Rideau Canal, overlooking Parliament Hill and the famous Chateau Laurier. Be part of the excitement when the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship crashes and glides its way into the capital in March 2017. Free
Stanley Cup 125th Tribute
March 15 to 18
Stanley Cup 125th Tribute is a four-day celebration of a Canadian emblem and the ultimate sporting trophy in Canada. $
JUNO Awards & JUNO Week
March 27 to April 2
A week of musical festivities culminating in the 46th Annual JUNO Awards at the Canadian Tire Centre, is going to be an event to look forward to. $
May 20 to September 4
This public gathering space built out of sea containers is a showcase of special exhibitions and performing arts featuring Canadian provinces and territories. Free
July 26 to 30For the first time in North America, La Machine will bring its monumental motion theatre to the streets of downtown Ottawa. Prepare to be mesmerised by these fascinating creatures. Free
Underground Multimedia Experience
End of June to Mid-SeptemberExperience the ultimate underground extravaganza with this world-first immersive multimedia production, projected in one of our city’s future Light Rail Transit (LRT) stations. Free
Interprovincial Picnic on the Bridge
A Canadian first! Take part in this giant picnic on the grass on the Alexandra Bridge overlooking Parliament Hill. $
July 15 to 22A week of exclusive and fantastical culinary experiences! Dine in the sky while floating 45m in the air and experience Ottawa’s fine dining like never before. $
A massive music celebration, featuring Canadian, First Nations and international artists. $
Canadian Videogame Awards
Ottawa will host the national championship for gamers and project the semi-finals and final matches onto buildings across the city! $
The 105th CFL Grey Cup and Grey Cup Festival – Canada’s largest annual sporting event! $
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