How Ottawa Is Gearing Up for Canada’s 150th Birthday

By Waheeda Harris, April 19, 2017

With Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations happening July 1, the capital city of Ottawa, Ontario, is transforming its cultural and entertainment offerings to entice meeting groups. Ottawa’s more than 90 annual festivals—such as Winterlude, Canadian Tulip Festival and Canada Day celebrations—are already draws for visitors, making it a year-round destination.

Ottawa Ontario Canada tulip festival

Many of the city’s cultural institutions will unveil renovations throughout the year, says Michael Crockatt, president and CEO of Ottawa Tourism. Canadian Museum of History, one of the city’s most popular attractions, will unveil its Canadian History Hall including a new permanent exhibition featuring 15,000 years of history. “Hosting an event for your group among the museum’s totem poles is an unforgettably Canadian experience,” says Crockatt.

Canada Museum of Nature will add a new gallery, while Canada Science and Technology Museum will reopen after a $156 million expansion. The National Arts Centre will be transformed with a new street-side facade, while the city’s Arts Court is undergoing a $100 million redevelopment to add more space for events and exhibitions.

Ottawa Ontario Canada Hyatt AndazAlt Hotel Ottawa opened in spring 2016, and Andaz Ottawa Byward Market, the first Andaz property in Canada, debuted in September. Hotel Le Germain will open a new property this year, and the historic Lord Elgin Hotel recently completed renovations to its guest rooms.

“Ottawa is ready to showcase itself to the world,” says Crockatt, noting he’s proud his city hosted One Young World, a global forum for young leaders, held for the first time in Canada in fall 2016.  

While they’re ever so important, third-party planners can also be very misunderstood. Get to know them better to see how they're far from a third wheel.

Interacting with gorillas and snakes during a reception or cocktail hour is a surefire way to create a memorable off-site event at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Whether it’s by incorporating the bright, vivid colors or boldly declaring an identity with a signature shade, hotels use color to add personality.

Find greener pastures by looking at these six destinations with emerald-inspired names have increased their spectrum of venue options for event planners.

Highly rated restaurants, bars and hotels are jumping on the mocktails bandwagon to create booze-less buzz without blowing your budget.

Trending