Ottawa Tourism

Discover Some of Ottawa’s Key 2017 Events

If you’re coming to Ottawa, Canada’s Capital, for a meeting or a conference this year, you’re in for a real treat. In 2017, Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary and Ottawa will be THE place to celebrate all year long.

Though the initial celebrations kick off on Dec. 31, 2016 – New Year’s Eve – you’ll find fabulous activities going on in each season. If you’re coming to the city for work, consider extending your stay by a few days to catch some of the great 2017 events.

But with so much going on, how do you know where to start? We can help! We’ve put together a list of five marquee 2017 events that you won’t want to miss.

December – January:

Celebrate – Canada 150 Kick Off:

If you’re in Ottawa during the holiday season, don’t miss this New Year’s Eve event that will kick off 2017 celebrations across the country. There will be celebrations on both sides of the Ottawa River. But in Ottawa’s downtown core, head to Parliament Hill to enjoy live music performances and an impressive pyromusical fireworks show. The celebrations on Parliament Hill will start at 8:17 PM or also known as 20:17 PM.

Though the Canada 150 Kick Off is a big New Year’s Eve celebration, this is only one of three major New Year’s Eve parties taking place in Ottawa. Also taking place are the Sesquicentennial Celebrations at Ottawa City Hall – complete with the lighting of a gas-powered 2017 cauldron – and Hogmanay, a Scottish-style celebration at Lansdowne’s Aberdeen Pavilion. All of these events are free and family-friendly.


Red Bull Crashed Ice: March 3 – 4, 2017

In the spring, Ottawa’s downtown core will host the final leg of the Red Bull Ice Cross Downhill World Championship. If you’re looking for a jolt of adrenaline in 2017, you’ll get it here. See some of the world’s best athletes compete on an ice track on the famous locks of the Rideau Canal, framed by Parliament Hill and the beautiful Fairmont Château Laurier.


Inspiration Village: May 20 – Sept. 4, 2017

Running through the summer of 2017, Inspiration Village will be constructed out of repurposed shipping containers. Located on York Street in Ottawa’s busy and historic ByWard Market neighbourhood, the new installation will be an entertainment locale, hosting special exhibits and performances throughout the summer of 2017. As Inspiration Village will be running all summer long, this is the perfect place to get in on some 2017 fun after a day of meetings or conference sessions.

July: There are a few reasons to visit Ottawa in July of 2017:

Canada Day: July 1, 2017

Canada Day 2017 is the actual day the country turns 150 years old! Ottawa is THE place to be each Canada Day, but you can bet that the party will go up a notch this year.

On Canada Day, Ottawa’s downtown core is shut down to motor vehicles, becoming the main place to celebrate. Enjoy special events on Parliament Hill, special performers, fighter jet fly overs and much more. Then at 10:00 p.m., a massive fireworks display will light up the sky. And the best part? Most Canada Day events are free!

La Machine: July 27-30, 2017

Over these dates, downtown Ottawa will become home to two larger than life, magical and mechanical creatures; a spider and a dragon. Imagine Ottawa’s famous Maman making her way through the downtown core and you’ll get an idea of what you’re in for! You’ll want to have your camera ready for this truly unique, free and family-friendly event that is a North American first.


Reopening of the Canada Science and Technology Museum: Mid-Nov, 2017

This interactive and family-friendly museum closed in 2014 to undergo an extensive $80.5-million renovation and repair. The revamping of the museum includes new exhibition spaces, fire-suppression systems as well as modern exterior and interior facades, among many other things. This will basically be a brand new museum.

Have we managed to peak your interest in Ottawa’s 2017 celebrations yet? These are of course, only a handful of the many events that will be taking place. For more information, explore the Ottawa 2017 section of Ottawa Tourism’s website or discover 17 Reasons to visit Ottawa in 2017. This is a year in Ottawa that you don’t want to miss!