Aberdeen Heritage Festival

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Saturday, July 2, 2022
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Lansdowne Park, Ottawa

Join His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa for a community festival at Lansdowne Park - celebrating 30 years since Ottawa City Council resolved to restore the Aberdeen Pavilion!

Aberdeen Pavilion

The Aberdeen Heritage Festival will be a community festival taking place on Saturday, July 2nd, in celebration of the Aberdeen Pavilion, a historic Ottawa landmark, home to a variety of significant events throughout Ottawa’s history, and of Lansdowne Park, a world-class attraction that blends modern amenities, courtyards, heritage buildings and green space. Come join us at this historic celebration!

The Aberdeen Pavilion, built in 1898, served as the central exhibition hall for the Central Canada Exhibition and was named after Governor General Lord Byron Aberdeen. The building served in this capacity until 1987 when it closed to public use. On July 2, 1992, City of Ottawa Council passed a resolution, put forth by then Councillor Jim Watson and former City Councillor Peter Hume, to invest in the building’s restoration and reopen it to public use. In collaboration with the Central Canada Exhibition Association, a celebratory exhibition will take place on July 2nd, 2022, to mark the 30th anniversary of this resolution.

Thirty years after passing of this resolution, the Aberdeen Pavilion, and all of Lansdowne Park have been revitalized and have become a place to live, work and play in beautiful surroundings and state of the art facilities.

Central Canada Exhibition History

In 1888, a group of citizens, with support from Mayor McLeod Stewart and Alderman William H. Lewis, incorporated the Central Canada Exhibition Association and held the first Central Canada Exhibition at Lansdowne Park. The Exhibition became one of Ottawa’s best attended annual events and one of Canada’s largest agricultural fairs. Offering carnivals, exhibits and grandstand shows featuring stars of the day, it entertained approximately 24 million visitors over its 122 years of operation. The Central Canada Exhibition ran from 1888 to 2010 and was led by many dedicated board members and volunteers.

Opening Ceremony

The event will include opening ceremonies in the Aberdeen Pavilion from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM with an Indigenous Territorial Welcome, remarks by Mayor Jim Watson, other dignitaries, a video presentation on the history of the Aberdeen Pavilion and concluded by plaque unveilings.

Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario will be Mayor Watson’s special guest at the Opening Ceremony.  


Aberdeen Pavilion

Entertainment Schedule – Main Stage Aberdeen Pavilion 

 9 am to 10:50 am - Opening Ceremony and Plaque Unveiling by Mayor Watson 

10:50 am to 11:15 am - Recorded Canadian Playlist 

11:15 am to 12:00 pm - Performance by Monkey Rock Music  

12:15 pm to 1 pm - Performance by Kristine St-Pierre Trio 

1:30 pm to 2:15 pm - Performance by Ottawa Highland Dance Association 

2:30 pm to 3:15 pm - Performance by Pam and Doug Champagne 

Lansdowne Park

The festival will offer walking animators (Aurora, Femme Fleur), buskers, local community fair booths, Ottawa Farmers Market, 613Flea and a petting zoo.

A variety of shows will be featured on the Aberdeen Plaza.

The Ottawa Senators will hold a fun fan experience area.

Walking animators schedule
Time Walking Animators
10:30 am to 11 am  Aurora
11 am to 11:30 am  Femme Fleur
11:30 am to noon Aurora
Noon to 12:30 pm Femme Fleur
12:30 pm to 1 pm Aurora
1 pm to 1:30 pm Femme Fleur
1:30 pm to 2 pm Aurora
2 pm to 2:30 pm  Femme Fleur
Shows schedule
Time Shows
10:30 am to 11:15 am Paul Perreault
11:15 am to noon Chamberfest
Noon to 12:45 pm Mini-Cirque
12:45 pm to 1:30 pm Rockabilly
1:30 pm to 2 pm CA & Sonny Show
2 pm to 2:45 pm Rockabilly
2:45 pm to 3 pm CA & Sonny Show
3 pm to 3:30 pm Rockabilly

Outdoor Displays

WWII era military vehicles, classic automobile and vintage fire truck display.

TD Place Field

Visit the Ottawa RedBlacks, Ottawa 67’s, Ottawa Atlético and Ottawa BlackJacks Fun Zone including games, locker room visits with some players and mascots on the TD Place Field.

Food Concessions

Food Vendor Stations, Stands, Food Trucks and Carts 

  • Cinnaholic Lansdowne (Lansdowne) – Cinnamon buns 
  • Popsicle cart – Popsicles and other frozen treats 
  • Lemonade stand – Freshly squeezed lemonade 
  • Lou Fast Food – Food truck serving hotdogs, hamburgers, fries, etc. 
  • Papa Jack Popcorn – Popcorn
  • Runamok Amusements – Cotton candy 
  • The Merry Dairy – Food truck serving soft serve ice cream 
  • Raon Kitchen – OFM vendor serving Korean street food 
  • The Hot Potato Co. – OFM vendor serving loaded baked potatoes 
  • The Momo Spot – OFM vendor serving dumplings 
  • The Right Bite – OFM vendor serving desserts (cookies, scones, etc.) 

Non-Food Ottawa Festival Market Vendors 

  • Avonmore Berry Farm 
  • Blue Shoes Honey 
  • Castor River Farm 
  • Dunrobin Distilleries 
  • Farmgate Cider 
  • Ferme Thuya 
  • Garland Sugar Shack 
  • Haico’s Hot Sauce 
  • Hall’s Apples 
  • Heart City Farm 
  • Joseph Henri 
  • Just Farm 
  • Mi Cocina 
  • Poppa Bean 
  • Pure Heart Essentials 
  • Tinkle Berries 

Aberdeen Heritage Festival Map and Site Information, Getting to Lansdowne Park

Site plan of event activities, including number referenced on the site plan legend. location of site map legend. See legend for specific activities and locations.
Site map legend
Site map legend  Activity Location
1 Senators' Fun Zone Skating / Basketball Court
2a Papa Jack Popcorn East Court
2b Runamok Cotton Candy East Court
3 The Big Lemonade East Court
4 Petting Zoo Area Great Lawn - North East
5 Antique fire truck 1 of 3 South Court on Great Loop
6 Inflatables from Runamok  (Kid Candy Store, Roller Coaster Obstacle Course, Childrens Inflated Axe Throwing, Zap-a Mole, Grand Carnival) Great Lawn
7 Food Court South Court
8 Street / Busker Entertainment Aberdeen Plaza
10 Antique Cars Zone Exhibition Way
11 & 27 Antique Firetrucks South Court on Great Loop
12 613Flea Market Aberdeen Plaza West
13 Aberdeen Pavilion 1000 Exhibition Way
14 Bicycle Compound Great Lawn - NortEast
15 Bell Media Music Vehicle South Court
16 Horticulture Bldng (Command / Coms Centre, Vol HQ, First Aid, Lost Person) 1525 Princess Patricia
17 Farmer's Mini Market Casino Lac Leamy Plaza East
21 Para Transpo, Taxi's and PTC's (Uber, Lyft) PA Way
22 Parking SENSTA Zone - First Responders, Deliveries, staff drop-off/pick-up Holmwood - Hort Rear Doors
26 OSEG Sporting Activation TD Field
29 Double Decker Greyline Tours Drop-off / Picke-up (reminder always in operation) Bus Loop - North side
30 Indigenous Experiences - Spirit Horse Aberdeen Plaza
31 Popcsicle Vendor East Court

Please visit TDPlace for information on how to get to the event.

No public parking is available on-site at Lansdowne Park.

Sponsors and Partners


Central Canada Exhibition Association

CCEA logo

In-Kind Sponsors and Partners

TD place logo
ENTTX logo
Papa Jack logo
67's and Red Blacks logo
Ottawa Senators logo
Black Jacks logo
Ottawa Atlético logo

Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA)
ByTown Fire Brigade
Capital Fair
City of Ottawa Archives
Monkey Rock Music
Navan Fair
Ottawa Farmers' Market

Media Sponsors

Ottawa Citizen logo
LeDroit logo
CFRA logo
Move 100.3 logo