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Ottawa is a City in Motion this weekend and all summer long

June 19, 2018
Feature Stories

What’s Happening Ottawa provides the latest on theatre, music and outings for the entire family. Some shows sell out quickly, so be sure to look ahead at what’s happening in the coming weeks and get your tickets early.


City in Motion
Ottawa museums
Summer 2018

City in Motion explores all the ways Ottawa residents have travelled from point A to point B. Learn more about the region’s transportation history by visiting all four City in Motion exhibitions, each one expanding on a different theme.

Old photo of a woman and a bus
old photo of a woman and a bus

From Rivers to Roads
Billings Estate National Historic Site
Wherever rivers, portages, and roads met, First Nations people and European settlers made their homes. Examine the significance of the Ottawa River for local travel and trade as well as the subsequent development of road systems that facilitated movement further inland.


From Paddlewheels to Railways
Pinhey’s Point Historic Site

Railways helped shape Ottawa’s urban geography; but, before railway transportation became the norm, many of this region’s riverside communities prospered as steamboat landings. Dive into the history of these important lifelines for farmers, merchants, and travellers alike. 


From Railways to Highways
Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

The automobile brought with it major changes to daily commutes, leisure travel, infrastructure, and more. Explore the transportation links between Ottawa and its surrounding rural communities from passenger rail to modern highway networks.


From Streetcars to Buses
Nepean Museum

Horse-pulled streetcars were Ottawa’s first form of public transit. This exhibit interprets the growth of Ottawa’s streetcar suburbs and the evolution of public transportation in the city.


Courtyard, Ottawa City Hall
Thursday, June 21

MOVECAMP is about getting people moving and having fun at the same time. We create an inclusive environment where no matter your fitness or skill level you have a place to move your body free from judgement.


Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Ottawa REDBLACKS
TD Stadium, Lansdowne
Thursday, June 21

Win or lose, you’re in for an exciting night with the CFL’s most passionate fans, RNation. They know how to party and make their game days like nothing else from coast to coast.


Future Shock 2018 Showcase
Centrepointe Theatres
Friday, June 22

These amazing dance showcases feature performances by Culture Shock’s youth programs as well as incredible youth and professional crews.  Culture Shock is an international organization and a network of non-profit dance companies using hip hop dance to bring at-risk youth into an environment that promoted acceptance, achievement and self-confidence.


The Great Lawn, Lansdowne
June 23 to 24

Now in its eighth year, Escapade has solidified itself as one of the most popular EDM festivals in Canada.


Ottawa Farmers’ Market
Aberdeen Square, Lansdowne
Sunday, June 24

Every vendor at our market grows, makes, and bakes everything that they offer from within 100 kms of the City of Ottawa. Get your favourite local grains, meats, cheeses, fruits and veggies, locally produced baked goods and sweets, as well as exceptional artisan crafts and jewelry year round.


Heritage walks
Various locations
June 18 to 30

Participate in a guided walking tour to celebrate Ottawa’s diversity during Welcoming Ottawa Week 2018.  These guided walks will highlight the contribution of immigrant communities to each of the neighbourhoods, along with the history, people and vibrant cultures.

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