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Ottawa 2017

Canada is celebrating 150 years

In 2017, Canada celebrates 150 years as a nation–and Canadians will gather in their Capital to join local residents in a year of celebration. Ottawa 2017 is tasked with creating 12 full months of big, bold, immersive and moving experiences that will complement national celebrations and annual events and festivals.  Big Signature Events will animate the entire city, while community celebrations will enliven our neighbourhoods.  At the same time, transformative legacy projects will change the Capital’s urban landscape.  The end result: a special year of national pride for all–and significant positive impacts for Ottawa’s tourism sector and the city as whole.

For more information please visit Ottawa 2017.

Signature events

All Year

A series of 17 epic stunts and happenings that will turbo-charge every corner of the capital in 2017.

This series of world-class cultural events will promote and strengthen ties between nations on the occasion of Canada’s 150 anniversary.

Awaken your senses and indulge in the pure beauty of rural Ottawa with Agri 150, a new Ottawa 2017 program stewarded by Just Food. More than 20 unique one-day outdoor events will take place over the course of the year in the following communities: West Carleton-March, Stittsville, Cumberland, Osgoode and Rideau Goulbourn.

December 31, 2016

Kick off the Ottawa 2017 festivities during an energizing and momentum-building event!

March 3 to 4, 2017

Red Bull Crashed Ice will make its Ottawa debut when the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship crashes and glides its way into the capital on March 3-4, 2017

March 15 to 18, 2017

Hat trick in 2017 with 3 major hockey milestones: the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup, the centennial of the National Hockey League and the Ottawa Senator’s 25th hockey season. And Ottawa 2017 has prepared a vigorous game plan for the occasion with a 4-day celebration!

March 27 to April 2, 2017

The Capital will come alive with an unprecedented celebration of Canadian music.

Canada’s musical elite will descend on Ottawa for a week of celebrations, culminating in the 46th Annual JUNO Awards at the Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017, hosted by none other than Michael Bublé.

May 20 to September 4, 2017

Inspiration Village: an ephemeral hub that will be located in Ottawa’s historic ByWard Market.

A core site for Ottawa 2017 programming, this edgy-looking entertainment locale on York Street will be the site of a succession of special exhibits and performing arts events, each one showcasing Canada’s provinces and territories.

Traffic impacts

June 17 and 18

Red Bull Global Rallycross will feature long straightaways and wide-open corners, allowing the 600-horsepower Supercars to reach top speed. The paved main course and Joker Lap will merge leading into the dirt section, just before cars fly over the finish line on the series’ signature 70-foot jump. With grandstands set throughout the dirt section and up to the finish, fans will be up close to some of the most exciting moments of the 2017 season.

Parking: Park at La Cité college at no cost and a shuttle will take you from the parking lot to the event.

July 1, 2017

A Canada Day like none other!

July 1st 2017 will mark 150 years of Canada’s Confederation. Ottawa 2017 and CIBC are celebrating in style, at the Shaw Centre – Canada’s Meeting Place.

Ottawa welcomes the world to the Nation’s Capital for the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday. Pitch your tent in one of our grassy camp sites or watch Canada Day fireworks from the door of your RV! 

July 2, 2017

Ottawa and Gatineau are two cities that form one community. On July 2, 2017, residents and visitors from both sides of the Ottawa River will come together to enjoy a Canadian first: an Interprovincial Picnic on the Alexandra Bridge.

July 7 to 22, 2017

Heighten your senses at Sky Lounge, an exclusive culinary flight of fancy that will take you 150 feet in the air to discover Ottawa’s fine dining like never before.

Mid-July to September 2017

Take part in Kontinuum: an ultimate underground experience with a futuristic and immersive multimedia production created by none other than Moment Factory and projected in one of Ottawa’s future Light Rail Transit (LRT) stations.

July 26 to 30, 2017

Summer 2017: astonishing creatures will be invading the nation’s capital!

A North American first, La Machine will captivate audiences with its ambulatory urban theatre on the streets of downtown Ottawa from July 26 to 30, 2017. The production company, based in Nantes, France, is world-renowned for its extraordinary, large-scale machines.

Parts of downtown and the ByWard Market will be turned temporarily into pedestrian zones (no cars or bikes), off and on throughout the day. 

Summer 2017

Get ready for an exhilarating musical experience! Ottawa 2017 is amping-up Canada’s 150th celebrations in the Capital with YOWttawa, a large-scale music event.

Late September to early November, 2017

Discover one of our most important landmarks and immerse yourself in First Nations culture through a vivid display of colourful lights that will elevate the natural beauty of the magnificent Chaudière Falls.

November 13 to 18, 2017

From November 13 to 18, a Canadian Videogame Competition & Expo is coming to Ottawa for an exciting week-long event!

November 26, 2017

The 105th Grey Cup Festival kicks off on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 and runs through Sunday, November 26, 2017 at Lansdowne, Ottawa’s sport and entertainment destination. 

December 16, 2017

The Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens will close a 100-year-old circle when they meet in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic in an outdoor game at Lansdowne Park.

Ottawa 2017


Bucket Lists

Fall Bucket List for Couples

See the colours at Pinhey's Point Historic Site

Grey Cup week!

See MosaïCanada

Shop at a farmers' market. All of them!

Bike along the canal

See Kim Mitchell at Shenkman Arts Centre

Travel to another country (Ottawa Welcomes the World)

Swoon over Chaudière Falls

Take on an Ottawa Fit 150 challenge

Fall bucket list for families

Tea at Billings Estate National Historic Site

See the Wiggles at Centrepointe Theatre

Flower displays at Mosaïcanada​

Experience the new George Street Plaza.

Register for a fall recreation program

Canadian Video Games Happening

Grey Cup week!

Trick or Treat with the Mayor

Check out the Chaudiere Falls

Explore the Ottawa Book Award nominees

Summer Bucket List for Couples

Picnic at Pinhey's Point Historic Site

Salsa night at City Hall

Stroll along Mooney's Bay Beach

Movie night at Lansdowne

Experience Kontinuum

Nokia Bike Days!

Explore Inspiration Village

See La Machine

Flower displays at Mosaïcanada

See the stars with Sidewalk Astronomy

Summer Bucket List for Families

Experience Kontinuum

Circus Jam at City Hall

Swim at Westboro Beach

Movie night at Lansdowne

Visit Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

Nokia Bike Days!

Visit my local Ottawa Public Library branch

Take on an Ottawa Fit 150 challenge

Flower displays at MosaïCanada

Cool off at a wading pool Special Event