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St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Ottawa!

 
 

Heart & Crown - Byward MarketHeart & Crown - Byward Market If you will be spending St. Patrick’s Day in Ottawa this year, you will not be disappointed with the opportunities in the city to celebrate! Whether you plan to down a pint or two of green beer, learn about Ottawa’s Irish heritage, or celebrate in your own way, being in Ottawa will make you feel as lucky as a four leaf clover.

Ottawa is home to many Irish pubs that will certainly be catering to Irish (and Irish-for-the-day) celebrants. The Heart & Crown has four locations throughout the city (including the H&C on Preston Street, James Street Pub on Bank Street, and the Aulde Dubliner/Pour House in the ByWard Market district) and is always popular on St. Patrick’s Day. Arrive early as there will certainly be a line-up – the ByWard Market location has said that St. Patrick’s Day is usually their busiest day of the year!

D’Arcy McGee’sD’Arcy McGee’sD’Arcy McGee’s, found on downtown Ottawa’s Sparks Street, is also a popular spot on this holiday. They will be hosting live music on the 15th and 16th for anyone who wants to start their celebration a day or two early. The pub is named for Thomas D’Arcy McGee, an Irish immigrant and one of the Fathers of Canadian Confederation, who was assassinated just steps away from this building’s front door in 1868.

The Aulde Dubliner and Pour House is another pub from the Heart & Crown chain that can be found in the ByWard Market neighbourhood. They will host live music on St. Patrick’s Day from 11:30AM until close, and it is another place that you can expect to find a line-up on March 17!

Brothers Beer BistroBrothers Beer BistroIf you can do without the green colouring and are interested in trying a local Ottawa brew, a variety of brew pubs and breweries can be found in Ottawa. Try something from Broadhead Brewing Company, Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company, or Kichesippi Beer Co.; all are brewed the Ottawa area. And at Brothers Beer Bistro, every menu item has beer as an ingredient and the staff can recommend great pairings with many items.

There are also plenty of ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ottawa without venturing to the pubs.

If you like to stay active, the Ottawa Irish Rugby Club partners with The Running Room for an annual Ottawa St. Patrick's Day Run. Taking place along Colonel By Drive, the event will be on March 16 this year and prizes will be awarded for best costumes in addition to top competitors in the 5km and 10km categories! A Family Fun 1K Run/Walk will also take place.

For a more traditional Irish celebration, St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts will host both a parade and a Grand Irish Party on Saturday, March 16, and a St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon on the 17th. The luncheon, hosted in the deconsecrated Catholic church in Ottawa’s Lowertown neighbourhood, will have live entertainment, music and dancing. St. Brigid’s is the home of the National Irish Canadian Cultural Centre, and the party continues after St. Patrick’s Day as well. On March 26, they will host Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly, two well-known performers of Irish music.

Bytown MuseumBytown MuseumOf course, no St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Ottawa would be complete without a nod to the city’s Irish heritage. About 60% of the labourers who constructed the Rideau Canal were Irish immigrants who had settled in the area. The Bytown Museum, housed in Ottawa's oldest stone building and found at the Ottawa Locks, traces these stories and the history of Ottawa's early years. On the opposite side of the lock, a Celtic cross was raised in 2004 by the Rideau Canal Celtic Cross Committee to commemorate the thousands of lives lost during the construction of the Canal from 1826-1832.

No matter how you celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day in Ottawa, as the Irish blessing says, “May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow / And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.”

Sláinte!

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