Fun times in Ottawa this June
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Tuesday, 30 April 2013 13:37
Ottawa is a beautiful and exciting city to visit throughout the year, although many festivals take place in the spring and summer months. Visitors planning a trip to the nation's capital city between May and September should make sure to look at event schedules prior to booking tickets, as there are a variety of festivals that are sure to intrigue travellers of all kinds.
Italian Week in Ottawa
Lovers of fine Italian cuisine and the Mediterranean culture should consider planning a trip to the city in June and attending the Italian Week of Ottawa. This event takes place on the historic Preston Street, also known as Corso Italia and Little Italy, and offers a variety of fun and engaging activities for visitors to enjoy.
On top of authentic Italian cuisine, the event is filled with Italian music, pageantry, art and opera, as well as a bicycle race and the Italian Car parade. Travellers who like to experience the fine cars of Italy will get to view Ferrari demonstrations on a track from Preston Street to Booth Street and spanning across Carling Avenue.
This year's Italian Week will celebrate the third anniversary of Italian Heritage Month, while it is the 39th iteration of the festival. The Italian-Canadian community is strong in Ottawa, and this festival celebrates the culture, art and heritage that has shaped Preston Street and other areas of the nation's capital throughout the years.
This event takes place from Thursday, June 6 to Sunday, June 16, and is open to the public. Visitors who are not planning a trip to Ottawa in that time frame should still check out Preston Street to get a taste of what the capital city's Italian community has to offer.
Meet at the rally
Travellers heading to Ottawa in the beginning of June should be sure to experience the Capital Vélo-Fest rally, which takes place around the city and offers cyclists an opportunity to see the nation's capital region through a unique and guided tour. This event takes participants on a scenic ride through the National Capital Region, and even offers prizes to those who excel at the trip.
Cyclists are formed into groups of three to six people, while the route spans between 20 and 25 kilometres. All ages are welcome to attend, and travellers can register to be a part of the event through the Capital Velo Rally website.