Happy 150th birthday, Canada! Ottawa is throwing you a summer party you’ll still be talking about at 300.
Two iconic institutions unwrap new gifts to mark the occasion: the Canadian Museum of History unveils its new Canadian History Hall (p. 22), while a newly-renovated National Arts Centre hosts the country’s finest cultural talent for Canada Scene (p. 20). Meanwhile, Ottawa’s summer festival season (p. 24) sings its own ode to the nation — from Bluesfest and Buskerfest to Music & Beyond.
It’s the 21st century, so no party is complete without giant, mechanical guests. Ottawa 2017 welcomes La Machine’s unforgettable spider and dragon creations (p. 12) to wander our streets — and transforms one of the city’s future light-rail stations into Kontinuum (p. 14), a multimedia journey through space and time. Trippy.
All that partying will work up visitors’ appetites. Courtesy of our colleagues at Ottawa Magazine, we present Tastes of Summer, showcasing seasonal delights — from ice-cold drinks and frozen treats to feisty food trucks. Plus, we’ll help you find a sunny patio, or plan the perfect picnic.
Natural treasures — from Gatineau Park’s leafy splendour, to the Ottawa River’s wonderous whitewater (p. 55) — can be found in the capital’s loot bag. But if it’s shopping bags you want to fill, we present our guide to shopping for Canadiana (p. 30). Wrap yourself in a flag for Canada Day, or wrap yourself in Canadian creations from some of the country’s top designers and artists.
Enjoy the sizzling season. Soon you’ll be crooning “Happy Birthday” to Canada by singing the praises of its capital. For daily recommendations, follow us on social media
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