Celebrations for Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation continue in Canada’s Capital! Ottawa is looking forward to hosting many great events before we say goodbye to 2017. Here are some highlights:
Events in progress and still to come
December 4-31, 2017
Seven tipis are lit on the grounds of the Canadian Museum of History from 4:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. until Dec. 31. They serve as indigenous symbols that remind us of the seven generation philosophy, and they also represent the seven fires prophesy as well as the seven sacred Indigenous teachings of love, respect, courage, honesty, wisdom, humility and truth.
Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings – Canadian Olympic curling trials
December 2-10, 2017
See your favourite curling athletes compete in the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings at the Canadian Tire Centre! Nine men’s and nine women’s teams battle for the right to represent Canada at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. They hope to repeat the gold-medal victories of Brad Jacobs and Jennifer Jones that took place in Sochi, Russia in 2014. Each day and night of the tournament, the nearby Patch will be full of food, beverages and live entertainment, as well as opportunities to meet your curling heroes! Access to the Patch is open to the public and free for everyone. The full schedule is on the official event website.
Canada 150 Family Skating Rink on Parliament Hill
December 7, 2017-February 25, 2018
Skate on the first ever skating rink in front of Parliament Hill! From Dec. 7, 2017 to Feb. 28, 2018, the site will be bustling with skating, special guests, as well as a variety of exciting events. For instance, on Dec. 9-10, you can enjoy free samples of northern cuisine prepared by top chefs. On Dec. 10, there will also be fun programming for Canada 150 Skating Day. And on Dec. 15, watch Team Alfredsson and Team Phillips play in the Ottawa Senators Alumni Game. For the full list of events, visit the Canadian Heritage event calendar as well as the Canada 150 Rink website. The Canada 150 Rink website contains all the information you need about rink accessibility and how to reserve free skating passes which are released 48 hours prior to each available date. You can bring your skates and helmets or rent some on site.
Christmas Lights Across Canada
December 7, 2017 to January 7, 2018
Experience true winter magic as Canada’s Capital Region basks in the glow of hundreds of thousands of dazzling lights thanks to the Christmas Lights Across Canada program. Plus, the magical Winter Lightscapes multimedia show will be projected once again on Parliament’s Centre Block. Head to Parliament Hill for the launch ceremony on December 7 and enjoy a live musical performance and pyrotechnics.
The PreGame – official tailgate party for the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic™
December 16-17, 2017
Take part in a two-day hockey-themed, family-friendly festival at the Aberdeen Pavilion and Aberdeen Square at Lansdowne. Enjoy activations, giveaways, appearances by NHL alumni, the NHL Centennial Fan Arena and the Stanley Cup! The event is free of charge to the general public of all ages. Visit the NHL website for more info.
2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic™ – outdoor hockey game
December 16, 2017
The Ottawa Senators play the Montréal Canadiens in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic™ outdoor hockey game at TD Place at Lansdowne! The event celebrates several major milestones in 2017 including Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup, the 100th anniversary of the National Hockey League (NHL), and the 25th anniversary of the modern Ottawa Senators NHL team. Don’t miss this epic event!
Ottawa 67’s Outdoor Hockey Game
December 17, 2017
The Ottawa 67’s play the Gatineau Olympiques during a special outdoor regular season game at TD Place at Lansdowne. The Canadian Hockey League teams will play on the same ice surface used the day before for the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic.
Bell Capital Cup
December 27-31, 2017
Each year, Ottawa hosts the Bell Capital Cup, the world’s premier tournament for young hockey players from all over the globe. Games are held at various locations throughout the city, and this year, some teams will get the once in a lifetime chance to play on the Canada 150 Family Skating Rink in front of Parliament Hill! Families and spectators will also enjoy family-friendly activities and entertainment.
New Year’s Eve on Parliament Hill
December 31, 2017
Bid farewell to an epic year of celebration by spending New Year’s Eve on Parliament Hill! Gather with friends and family for daytime activities and entertainment including music, dancing and First nations culture, and stay for the Canada 150 Closing Party on the Hill in the evening for DJs, a live performance by Canada’s own hip-hop ambassador Kardinal Offishall, pyrotechtics, and a laser show just before midnight.
Nimidiwin: Celebrating Our Dance from Coast to Coast to Coast
December 31, 2017
This free family-friendly event is taking place from 4:00 p.m.to 5:30 p.m. at the Canadian Museum of History. This New Year’s Eve event presents Grammy nominated Northern Cree, Juno award winner Susan Aglukark, as well as Indigenous performers from across the country. Enjoy live performances, dance, drum and song, as well as fireworks!
New museum attractions
If you haven’t yet seen the new museum spaces that opened earlier this year, visit them now! Don’t miss the all-new Canada Science and Technology Museum which opened on November 17, 2017. The new, sleek spaces are filled with immersive and interactive exhibits, as well as a few old favourites such as the Crazy Kitchen and the steam locomotives! For the complete story of art in Canada, stroll through the 45,000 square feet Canadian and Indigenous Galleries at the National Gallery of Canada. Explore the natural history and human connections with Canada’s North through interactive exhibits, multimedia and fascinating artifacts at the Canadian Museum of Nature’s Arctic Gallery. And experience the largest and most comprehensive exhibition about Canadian history ever created at the Canadian Museum of History’s Canadian History Hall.
For a complete list of events, view our online event calendar. You can also find more information about upcoming events on the Ottawa 2017 and Canada 150 websites. Plan your visit and book your hotel stay today!