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Invite your friends and family for Ottawa 2017 celebrations

Our nation’s capital is marking celebrations all year long

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MosaiCanada 150

Canada Day may have been the country’s biggest birthday party ever, don’t think that July 1 is the end of celebrating in Ottawa!

Au contraire – the action continues throughout the year. There is still lots of time to plan an exciting summer, and to invite your friends and family to participate.

There are of course Ottawa’s fantastic lineup of festivals, unique neighbourhoods, and free Parliament Hill favourites like yoga and the Sound and Light show, Northern Lights. But we also have signature cultural exhibits, sporting events, concerts and festivals to keep your friends and relatives entertained.

“The celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation isn’t just one day or even a long weekend in Ottawa – it’s a full year of celebration,” said Michael Crockatt, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism. “And residents of Canada’s Capital Region can all play the role of ambassador so their friends and relatives can enjoy all we have to offer. Let’s spread the word that our party continues for many months to come!” is the best resource for residents and visitors alike to plan their 150th activities in the nation’s capital. Check out the online events calendar and download the easy-to-print PDF of all the signature events.

And to book a hotel, you can consult the options at – rooms are available during all the exciting programming.

Lots to see and do:

Ottawa Welcomes the World, year-round: More than 75 high commissions, embassies and international partners highlight their culture in a series of free cultural events at the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne.

Sept. 14-17: CityFolk at Lansdowne Park is a festival highlighting Canada’s rich traditions with music, dance, storytelling and crafts.

Sept. 20-24: The Ottawa International Animation Festival, held at various locations around the city, is North America’s largest animation festival that showcases the finest new productions from around the world.

Ongoing, to Sept. 14: The Kontinuum multimedia production takes place in the Lyon light-rail station, part of Ottawa’s future rapid transit network.

Fall: Accompanied by a rich soundscape, the Magnificence of Chaudière Falls experience will evoke the culture of Indigenous people and in particular highlight the Algonquin heritage of the region.

Sept. 14: Opening of DIEF: Portrait of a Prime Minister exhibition at the Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum. It’s a dramatic and dynamic journey through the life and times of one of Canada’s most progressive leaders – John Diefenbaker.

Oct. 19-24: The fall edition of the Ottawa International Writers Festival is a celebration of the finest new and established writing from across Canada and around the world.

Oct. 20: Opening of the Canadian Biennial 2017 exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada. This is a comprehensive selection of works acquired by the Gallery’s departments of Contemporary Art, Indigenous Art and Photography.

For more information, please visit or follow on Twitter, @Ottawa_Tourism.