City to celebrate historic Aberdeen Pavilion milestone with community festival

Published on
June 27, 2022
Arts, heritage and events
Council, committees and City Hall

On Saturday, July 2, the City of Ottawa, in collaboration with the Central Canada Exhibition Association, will host a community festival at Lansdowne Park to celebrate 30 years since Ottawa City Council resolved to restore the Aberdeen Pavilion.

The Aberdeen Heritage Festival will kick off at 9:30 am with an opening ceremony in the Aberdeen Pavilion, followed by exciting activities throughout the day. This includes:

  • Local live entertainment and archival exhibits
  • Buskers, Ottawa Farmers Market, 613flea and petting zoo
  • Vintage vehicle displays
  • Local food vendors, trucks and Lansdowne restaurants
  • Ottawa REDBLACKS, Ottawa 67’s and Ottawa BlackJacks Fun Zone and Ottawa Senators Experience

For more information on the festival’s activities and site information, visit the Aberdeen Heritage Festival webpage on

The Aberdeen Pavilion was built in 1898 and served as the central exhibition hall for the Central Canada Exhibition until it closed for public use in 1987. On July 2, 1992, Ottawa City Council passed a resolution, put forth by then Councillor Jim Watson and former Councillor Peter Hume, to invest in the building’s restoration and reopen it to public use.

Since the passing of the resolution, the Aberdeen Pavilion and Lansdowne Park have been revitalized and transformed into an integral part of the city where residents and visitors go to live, work and play.


“The Aberdeen Pavilion is an integral part of our city’s history, and I am thrilled to be celebrating this important milestone in its continued legacy. Since putting forth the resolution to restore the Aberdeen Pavilion 30 years ago, I have seen the building and surrounding area transform into a vibrant community hub where residents and visitors alike can enjoy arts and culture, sports, food and entertainment.”

Mayor Jim Watson

“The Aberdeen Heritage Festival is an exciting opportunity for our community to come together and honour an important part of Ottawa’s history. Thanks to City Council’s commitment to restoring the Aberdeen Pavilion, this significant building will continue to be a gathering place for residents and visitors to enjoy for many more years to come.”

Councillor Shawn Menard, Capital

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