OTTAWA, Canada – Preparations are firmly underway to mark Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, with holidaymakers invited to join in the year-long celebrations. Created by Ottawa Tourism and supported by a number of community partners, the ‘Ottawa 2017 Bureau ’ is planning 12 full months of big, bold, immersive and moving experiences that will complement national celebrations and annual events and festivals.
The eyes of the world will be on Ottawa on 1 July 2017, when the nation will celebrate the sesquicentennial Canada Day. Festivities on an unprecedented scale will take place throughout the city with official proceedings taking place on Parliament Hill. World leaders, royalty and A-List celebrities form the world of music and entertainment are all expected to be in attendance for what will be an unforgettable day. Then, on 2 July, celebrations are set to continue with the Alexandra Bridge walkway hosting a giant party called the Interprovincial Picnic on the Bridge.
Other highlights next year will include Ignite 150, which is a series of 17 epic stunts and gatherings throughout the capital; including a gourmet dinner 50 metres in the air and a yoga session on a floating barge accompanied by a live orchestra. In March the Red Bull Crashed Ice world championships will feature athletes on ice skates hurtling down a massive ice track filled with high vertical drops and hairpin turns, all set above the Rideau Canal locks. For music lovers the national Juno Awards, (27 March – 2 April) will bring the best Canadian and international artists to Ottawa with a weeklong programme of concerts and industry events.
In the summer an Underground Multi-media Experience will open to visitors offering a free interactive sound and light fantasy voyage through an unfinished light rail transit tunnel – a world first! And throughout the year a cultural programme called Ottawa Welcomes the World will see dozens of embassies and high commissions host their national day celebrations at Lansdowne Park, while Ottawa 2017’s Inspiration Village will showcase each Canadian province through a series of special events and exhibitions.
It is estimated that 1.75 million additional visitors will come to Ottawa in 2017 and that more than £110 million will be generated for the local economy.