Canada 150 Events in Ottawa
It couldn’t be a more fitting time to visit Canada’s Capital. Throughout 2017, there have been and will continue to be a stunning array of events held throughout Ottawa to ring in Canada’s 150th birthday, and the city is constantly abuzz with patriotic enthusiasm. June and July are filled to the brim with activities and events, and there’s no shortage of ways to have a great time. Here are some of the many celebratory events lined up for Ottawa this summer.
National Gallery of Canada opens Canadian and Indigenous Galleries
A great way to ring in Canada’s 150th birthday is to become immersed in the country’s lush creative legacy. As part of the 2017 celebrations, the National Gallery of Canada will unveil 45,000 square feet of re-envisioned gallery spaces, collectively named Our Masterpieces, Our Stories. This transformation of the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries is designed to tell the story of art in Canada, presenting several masterpieces created in various forms of media. Other collections will also be on display, including the well-received Photography in Canada: 1960-2000 exhibition (now open). Our Masterpieces, Our Stories opens to the public on June 15th, 2017. Be sure to visit the National Gallery of Canada website for more information.
Red Bull Global Rallycross
For something with a little more octane, head over to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. From June 17-18, the Red Bull Global Rallycross will be in full swing. For the first time in its seven-year history, this two-round racing bonanza will be held in Ottawa, transforming portions of Rockliffe Airport into tracks for 600-horsepower Supercars. Ticket-holders will have close and personal views of the action with the installation of grandstands throughout the dirt section and up to the finish. Visit the event’s website for more details or to purchase tickets. As a bonus, children aged 12 and under are free to enter with an adult.
While you’re there, you’d be hard-pressed not to visit the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. This massive collection is home to countless preserved aviation components and aircraft, including one of the few remnants of the Avro Arrow project as well as space shuttle Endeavour’s Canadarm. All in all, this is a great outing for children and the young-at-heart.
National Arts Centre Canada Scene Cultural Festival
Taking place from June 15-July 23, this massive celebration of Canadians in the performing arts will be held in 100 events in the National Capital Region. 1000 artists from across Canada will take part in the festival, including various bands, theatre performers, classical musicians, and more. Free concerts, comprehensive craft workshops, and free daily programming for children and families are just a few examples of the entertaining opportunities awaiting visitors. For more details or to purchase tickets for specific events, be sure to consult the Canada Scene website.
Canada Day on Parliament Hill
Of course, this is the big one. Partaking in the celebrations wouldn’t be complete without becoming a part of the Parliament Hill festivities, held on July 1st. Ceremonial events — including the national anthem against a backdrop of aerial acrobatics over the iconic Peace Tower — are a profound annual highlight, and are sure to be even more extravagant for this special year.
Countless other activities and events are planned, including a series of outdoor concerts on Parliament Hill, an impressive fireworks display that will be a feast for the eyes, as well as cultural performances and displays at nearby Major’s Hill Park. The festivities are set to run from morning to night, and are almost guaranteed to draw record-breaking crowds. For further details, visit the Canada Day web page on the Government of Canada’s website.
There’s simply so much to experience in Canada’s Capital this summer that you’ll be hard-pressed to not find something to enjoy. Living in Ottawa boasts the opportunity to become fully immersed in the excitement, but even if you’re only visiting, it’s never been easier to fall in love with Ottawa’s patriotic charm. For even more Canada 150 celebratory events taking place in the National Capital Region this year.