Welcome to Ottawa in 2017!
We hope you enjoy your time with Ottawa's Mensans at the Fast forward 50 en avant ! AG. It's bound to be a stimulating and valuable event for two very good reasons; it will be Mensa Canada's 50th anniversary as well as Canada's sesquicentennial.
Ottawa is the place to be in 2017!
If you would like to plan outings besides those available during the AG, the city of Ottawa has much to offer. Ottawa Tourism is the local tourist information source, including their very persuasive 17 Reasons to visit Ottawa in 2017! Canada 150 is your gateway to nationwide sesquicentennial activities.
Some local attractions we would like to highlight are:
- Parliament Hill: The home of Canada’s national government and the setting for national celebrations year-round. Each morning during summer months, the front lawn of Parliament Hill is the setting of the daily Changing of the Guard ceremony; each evening the public is invited to gather again to witness the awe-inspiring Sound and Light show – spectacular lighting effects and stunning giant images projected on the Parliament Buildings set to words and music. Those with an interest in governance might want to explore the official government site for the Parliament buildings.
- Doors Open Ottawa, June 3 - 4, 2017; Building owners unlock their doors and welcome the public in to share the secrets of architecturally and historically significant buildings. Free admission.
- The Byward Market: For almost 200 years, this rollicking public market has played host to artisans, farmers and craft merchants who converge year round to sell their specialty items and wares. The downtown market, just a short walk from Parliament Hill, also houses numerous cafés and some of the city’s best pubs and restaurants. And when the streetlights turn on, the market becomes one of the spots in Ottawa to grab a late night drink and catch some live music.
- WESTfest, June 1 - 4, 2017; A festival of music, art, and life, this is billed as the biggest, free, street party in Canada.
- Inspiration Village, May 20 - September 4, 2017; A series of special exhibits and performing arts events housed in converted shipping containers, showcasing Canada’s provinces and territories.
- The Rideau Canal: A historic waterway filled with boaters spring through fall and the world’s largest naturally frozen ice skating rink in winter – the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, winds through downtown Ottawa before connecting with the Ottawa River through stepped locks right next to Parliament Hill. It’s a beautiful place for a stroll no matter the season.
- Vimy - Battle, Memorial, Icon, starts April 7, 2017 and continues to 2018; Learn how this April 1917 battle affected Canadians as individuals and as a nation: from the soldiers who took part in the action to their 21st century descendants.
- Hockey in Canada - More Than Just A Game, March 10 - October 9, 2017; One-of-a-kind artifacts, video clips of historic highlights, and personal memorabilia combine into an exciting, interactive experience.
- The Canadian Museum of History: With roots stretching back to 1856, it is one of Canada’s oldest public institutions and a respected centre of museological excellence, sharing its expertise in history, archaeology, ethnology and cultural studies both within Canada and abroad.