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Heritage Day

Celebrate Heritage Day - February 20, 2018

Celebrate Heritage Day with the theme “Heritage Stands the Test of Time” February 20, 2018 from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm at Ottawa City Hall.

Mayor Jim Watson will recognize the importance of this theme and a proclamation recipient who reflects it as he proclaims Heritage Day in Ottawa.

Heritage Day is part of Heritage Week, a nation-wide celebration that encourages all Canadians to explore their local heritage, to get involved with stewardship and advocacy groups, and to visit museums, archives, and places of significance.

Heritage Day is a chance to recognize the contributions of the many dedicated staff and volunteers promoting heritage conservation and educating the public about our city’s history.

In celebration of our past and future, this year’s  theme “Heritage Stands the Test of Time” is designed to inspire Canadians to embrace, explore and enjoy our enduring heritage. 

Join the Museums and Heritage Programs Branch in partnership with the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa at Ottawa City Hall, browse informational displays and mingle with over 45 exhibitors at the 2018 Heritage Showcase.


Find out how heritage is being celebrated in your community; and learn about services offered by local heritage organizations, public programs and special initiatives, as well as professional development and volunteer opportunities. Embrace, explore and enjoy Your enduring heritage places and experiences in Canada’s Capital during Heritage Week February 19-25, 2018 and throughout the year!


Event:       Heritage Day 2018

Date:        Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Time:         11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location:  Jean Pigott Place, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West

Celebrate Heritage Week - February 19-25, 2018

The National Trust for Canada encourages Canadians to celebrate Heritage Week and its 2018 theme:  Heritage Stands the Test of Time. 

There is so much to celebrate:

Our collective history is told in our languages and our music, in photographs, maps and documents, in regalia, objects and traditions – so many treasures passed down through history to the present day.  Learn more about the tangible and intangible heritage of Canada’s Indigenous peoples, of the many cultures that came after, and of our new Canadians.  Visit museums, historic sites and cultural centres that help preserve and share this heritage for posterity.


Our special places endure as physical records of the people and events that shape our past and our future. Our heritage buildings were built to last!  Often made of materials that are durable and environmentally friendly, their re-use, re-purposing and renewal results in less construction and demolition waste than new construction.  And our cultural landscapes bear the imprint of generations of Canadians.


Our stories endure!  Some have been retold for thousands of years.  Our traditional knowledge keepers, educators, parents and grandparents have stories to share that help us understand the past.          

In celebration of our past and our future, Heritage Stands the Test of Time is designed to inspire Canadians to embrace, explore and enjoy our enduring heritage.