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
Mìwàte: Illumination of the Chaudière Falls
October 6-November 5, 2017
Mìwàte: Illumination of the Chaudière Falls is a free ambient lighting display with a rich soundscape that highlights one of the region’s most impressive natural landmarks and evokes the culture of Indigenous people and in particular the Algonquin heritage of the region.
November 13-18, 2017
Semi-final and final matches of a national videogame competition will be projected in monumental proportions onto buildings across the city.
Canada Science and Technology Museum reopening
November 17, 2017
The Canada Science and Technology Museum celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017, and is reopening after $80.5 million in building repairs and upgrades. The museum will feature completely new and immersive exhibits, as well as old favourites including the Crazy Kitchen and the giant steam locomotives!
105th Grey Cup and Festival
November 21-26, 2017
Enjoy a week of celebrations at Lansdowne prior to the 105th Grey Cup—the annual championship game of the Canadian Football League on November 26. Take part in free, family-friendly programming, fan parties, as well as the three-day Grey Cup Festival Concert Series presenting all-Canadian musical acts such as Jess Moskaluke, Sloan, Trooper and April Wine.
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.
Canada 150 Family Skating Rink on Parliament Hill
December 7-31, 2017
For the first time ever, a will be installed in front of Parliament Hill! Everyone will be able to enjoy free skating as well as a variety of winter, cultural and sports activities. The official launch of this epic experience is December 7, and the site will be the focal point for Canada 150 Skating Day on December 10 with additional special activities. This project is supported by Canadian Heritage, the Ottawa International Hockey Festival and the Ottawa Senators.
Christmas Lights Across Canada
December 7-31, 2017
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.
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!
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 Canada’s 150th birthday year by celebrating New Year’s Eve on Parliament Hill. Don’t miss the countdown to midnight and watch astonishing bursts of colour light up the historic buildings. There’s no better place to celebrate the end of an epic year of celebrations in Ottawa! Details to be announced by Canadian Heritage.
New museum attractions
If you haven’t yet seen the new museum spaces that opened earlier this year, visit them now! 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!