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Sexy new Ottawa Convention Centre opens!


Ottawa Convention Centre openingYes, there's a performer inside that pyrotechnic wheel outside the new Ottawa Convention Centre!The excitement was palpable last week when the sexy new Ottawa Convention Centre opened its doors. On April 13, over 1000 people filed through the sleek new building overlooking the Rideau Canal and downtown Ottawa skyline.

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From delicious food and drink to meeting rooms dressed up in a variety of configurations, the opening was a stylish affair.

Topping it off were performances by circus acts, including a dazzling pyrotechnic show at the end of the evening. Politicians, tourism industry insiders, meeting planners and other VIPs were suitably impressed.

At almost three times the size of the former Ottawa Congress Centre, which it replaced, the new Ottawa Convention Centre is a bold addition to the Ottawa skyline, with a huge glass façade allowing people outside to interact with the building. It’s also an environmentally friendly building and wired from top to bottom for the latest technological gadgets — everything you need to host an impressive event.

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The Canada Song video


Internet sensation Wilbur Sargunaraj visited Ottawa over the first week of Winterlude and filmed his latest video — The Canada Song — on the Rideau Canal Skateway, in front of Parliament Hill and in the ByWard Market neighbourhood. The result is amazing! Check it out:

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National Aviation Day – February 23, 2011


Snowbird TutorThe Tutor aircraft as it was being raised to the ceiling.There is no better time to celebrate Canada’s rich aviation heritage and contribution to the field of aviation and aerospace than at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum on February 23, 2011: National Aviation Day. Learn all about the wonder of flight, from the Silver Dart to the International Space Station. Experience the story of humanity’s ancient dream of flight, and learn about the significant contributions Canadians have made to aviation and space flight from the beginnings of flight in Canada in 1909, to the present day.

February 23 is also the inauguration of the museum’s recently constructed new wing which features a high-tech, multi-purpose auditorium with 250 theatre-quality seats and state-of-the-art classrooms fitted for universal access and equipped with the latest in teaching technologies. In the new grand hall entry check out the spectacular Tutor jet suspended in mid-loop directly overhead, from the world-renowned Canadian Air Force Snowbirds Aerobatics Squadron, a fascinating sight for children and adults alike!

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is easily accessible at the intersection of Aviation and Rockcliffe Parkways, just ten minutes east of Parliament Hill.

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Yummy Gooey Goodness!


Children enjoying maple taffy at Fulton's Pancake House and Sugar BushMarch is maple syrup time in Canada’s Capital area, with local sugar bushes boiling down sap and serving up syrup and fun! The Ottawa region is home to many maple syrup operations welcoming guests and groups to discover how the gooey golden syrup is made. Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush near Carleton Place just west of the city offers a wide range of group, student and family educational programs and tours – plus plenty of syrup sampling! Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm – also close to downtown – presents a syrup season Sunday brunch plus free tours, petting farm, wagon rides all centred around its heritage sugar shack.

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Affordable Family Day fun at Ottawa Senators Skills Competition


ottawa-senators-game-credit-ottawa-tourismThe Sens Skills competition won't look like the real game above, but it's still a heck of a lot of fun!Looking for a fun family outing in Ottawa? Check out the annual Ottawa Senators Skills competition, to be held on Family Day, Monday, February 21, 2011 at Scotiabank Place.

“Sens Skills” sees the players compete in the following categories: puck control relay; fastest skater; hardest shot; accuracy shooting; power-play challenge; and breakaway shootout.

Besides the Senators players, there will be 10 minor hockey skaters and two goaltenders from the Ottawa region on the ice. The event has a fun ambiance, with plenty of teasing and ongoing commentary.

And best of all, the tickets are quite affordable, at $15, $12 and $8 (advance sales), available from, by phone at 613-599-FANS (3267) or 1-877-788-FANS (3267); in person at The Sens Store at Rideau Centre and Place d’Orleans; at any Ottawa Sports Experts location; Les Galeries de Hull and at the Scotiabank Place box office.

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