20 Family Events in Ottawa to Celebrate Canada 150

| February 15, 2017 | 12 Comments

20 Family Events in Ottawa to Celebrate Canada 150


2017 is the year for all Canadian to become excited as we begin to celebrate Canada 150th anniversary of confederation! There will be other festivities happening around our great nation, but nothing like what is going to happen in our nation’s capital! Take a look at some of the events, activities and festivals planned to keep the fun of this historic event going throughout the year!



20 Family Events in Ottawa to Celebrate Canada 150

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Red Bull Crashed Ice – Rideau Locks by the Chateau Laurier, March 3 – 4, 2017

For the first time, Ottawa will play host to the Ice Cross Downhill World Series Finale! Athletes from all over the world will travel to Canada’s capital to compete to capture the championship in this extreme sport.

Stanley Cup Tribute – March 15-18, 2017, Various locations and times

Hockey fans young and old cheer for these events centered around the National Hockey League:

  • The 125 anniversary of the Stanley Cup
  • The centennial of the National Hockey League; and
  • The 25th anniversary of the Ottawa Senators’ hockey season.

Evening galas, the return of the Stanley Cup to Ottawa and a ground-breaking ceremony to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup are just some of the events happening in Canada’s capital region.

Juno Awards and Juno Week, Various locations and times – March 27-April 2, 2017

Music lovers in Ottawa can celebrate the best of Canadian music during Juno Week and be excited about the city acting as hosts for the 2017 Juno Awards! A whole week of celebrations is planned to celebrate the 46th anniversary of the awards. Musical performances, workshops and other activities will demonstrate the various talent that make up Canadian music.

Canada 150 Party – Downtown Ottawa, July 1, 2017

It is the big day! Canada turns 150, and the hottest place to be on our nation’s birthday would be in its capital! Events, live music and theatrical performance will be taking place in Ottawa’s downtown core. Watch as the skies come alive with Canada Day fireworks wish our country a very happy birthday!

Magnificence of Chaudière Falls – Late September-Early November

This fall, the Chaudière Falls will come to life with lively music and a wondrous light show! This display showcases the Algonquin heritage of the region. Interpretation panels will also recount the story of the Indigenous people alone with this show.

Ottawa 2017 Arts, Culture and Heritage Investment Program Events – Various locations, dates and times

Take in the culture of our nation by attending these 14 unique experiences that span from musical performances, kiosks, food, art and more will display Canada’s rich history and diversity.

There are also various civic events happening throughout 2017 to commemorate this historic anniversary!



20 Family Events in Ottawa to Celebrate Canada 150

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Ottawa Welcomes the World, Aberdeen Pavilion and Horticultural Building, Various dates and times –

Canada has made it its goal to be proud of the diversity of people within its borders. Many of the embassies and high commissions located in Canada’s capital are celebrating this historic birthday by putting on world-class cultural events.

Agri 150 – Various locations, dates and times  

Foodies will love indulging in what rural Ottawa has in store for them created by Just Food. Over 20 unique outdoor events are planned throughout the year in various communities surrounding Ottawa. Some of these events include wine tours, cycling tours, and rural fair experiences.

Inspiration Village – Byward Market, May 20-Spetember 4, 2017, Various times

The home for Ottawa 2017 will be taking place in Inspiration Village, an architecturally pleasing building and area where special exhibits and events will take place. Each one will exhibit the provinces and territories within our nation’s borders.

Winterlude – Various locations in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, February 3 – 20, 2017, Various Locations

Once of Canada’s favourite celebrations will be back to entertain and enlighten revelers in its 39th season! From skating on the Rideau Canal, watching ice sculpting competitions or playing at North America’s largest playground, there are so many different activities those attending this festival can be a part of in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.

MOSAïCANADA 150/Gatineau 2017 – Jacques-Cartier Park, July 1 – October 15, 2017

Celebrate horticulture in a new way for Canada’s 150th anniversary in Jacques-Cartier Park at MOSAïCANADA 150/Gatineau 2017! Mosaiculture is a marvelous horticultural technique which incorporates three different art forms:

  • Sculpture for the structure
  • Paint for the palette of colours, and
  • Horticulture to breathe life into and to change artworks with plants.

History, values, culture and art throughout Canada’s history since confederacy will be the theme at this exhibit.


Indoor Festivities


20 Family Events in Ottawa to Celebrate Canada 150

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Museums, theatres and our public libraries will have events, programs and activities to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday! Take a look at what is in store for visitors!

National Gallery of Canada

Museum of History

Canadian War Museum

Museum of Nature

Canadian Aviation and Space Museum

Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum

Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre – Various locations, dates and times

Canadian life is the theme for the two plays the whole family will enjoy from the Rag & Bone Theatre. The Canada 150 celebrations will be kicked off with the Flying Canoe and Felicity Falls.

Ottawa Public Libraries, Various locations, dates and times

Events and activities are being planned throughout Canada’s sesquicentennial birthday whether you are taking the family or are flying solo! Some of these events include art, music and craft drop-in sessions, author meet and greets, workshops and more!

There is so much to do and see in 2017 to celebrate Canada 150! From outdoor events and festivals to indoor activities and festivities, there is something for everyone to enjoy to make this historic anniversary fun!

What would you enjoy doing to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary?



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  1. Calvin F. says:

    Lots of things to do for family day 😀

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    There are going to be wonderful celebrations all across Canada, it’s going to be marvellous 🙂

  3. Wanda Tracey says:

    It would be fun to go to the winterlude on the Ottawa Rideau Canal.I have been there and enjoyed skating, the beautiful sculptues and the Beaver Tails.So Yummy!!

  4. Judy Cowan says:

    Sounds like it will be a fun packed year in the area. Too bad we are too far away to participate in any of them.

  5. Carole D. says:

    Great events! There will be events everywhere in Canada, will make for interesting road trip!

  6. Christy G. says:

    I’ve never been to Ottawa. It looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for posting!

  7. DebH says:

    Looks like a lot of fun family stuff is happening in Ottawa this year!

  8. AD says:

    We’re actually flying in for the Canada 150 party on July 1/17. Figured we would celebrate Canada’s milestone birthday in the capital.

  9. That’s a lot of really cool events. I wish Hamilton was that exciting.

  10. wobbles13 says:

    that looks like lots of fun to be had!

  11. Kamy says:

    Looks like lots of fun!

  12. Ann says:

    Great events!

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