Party favours

Where Ottawa - - EDITOR'S LETTER -

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

@whereot­tawa

chris lack­ner, Ed­i­tor Twit­ter and In­sta­gram @whereot­tawa Face­book.com/whereot­tawa

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