Canada Day 2017 – The Biggest Party of the Year

There is no where like Ottawa to celebrate Canada’s Birthday Party and staying at the Lord Elgin Hotel, along Ottawa’s Ceremonial boulevard, is perfect! With Lord Elgin being half the age Canada is, we know a thing or two about how to create excitement and memories for our visitors.

We want to inform our guests that this year’s party is going to the biggest Ottawa and Canada has yet to see. We can promise that!  A year long birthday party, with the Canada Day long weekend (June 30 to July 2, 2017) being the weekend to RSVP to ASAP! Have you booked your stay yet?

Be sure to join the hundreds of thousands of visitors who are already planning to stay at hotels, do a little urban camping or crash on a friend’s couch.  Everyone is coming out to salute our great country like never before!

Urban Camping

Urban camping has been created in the capital for select green spaces and parking lots to be converted into family-friendly sites .

To help showcase Canada’s 150th birthday, Ottawa has become the main destination for dozens of breathtaking and unique events which are taking place all year long. Our city has already seen Red Bull Crashed Ice, the Juno Awards, Ottawa Welcomes the World and many more. A restaurant 150 feet in the air, giant mechanical beasts roaming the streets, and multiple large scale music festivals are some of the events yet to come.  All of which are within 15 minutes walking distance from the Lord Elgin!

The details for Canada Day have kept under wraps so far, with details being released closer and closer to the big day.  So far we know:

Canada Day Events on Parliament:

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

WELCOME: Starting the morning off with the flag raising ceremony and changing of the guards, followed by Carillon Concert featuring the Peace Tower Bells at 10 a.m.

11:40 a.m. –  1:15 p.m.

Opening Celebration: Includes a snowbirds demonstration, an inspection of the Guard (Peacekeeping Monument) with 21 – gun salute and special appearance from the  Prime Minister of Canada – Justin Trudeau, the Governor General of Canada – David Johnston and Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall

1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

EMBRACING Canada: Citizenship Ceremony, CIBC Reaffirmation Program, Concert, Notable Canadians

5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

ANTICIPATING and INSPIRING Canada: “Sharing Dance”, Street Performers, Dance Battle, Pop-up Concerts, Buskers, Floating Decorations

8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Playing at Parliament Hill: Alessia Cara, Walk Off The Earth, Cirque du soleil, Louis-Jean Cormier, Marie-Mai, Dean Brody, Serena Ryder, Kelly Bado, Kinnie Starr, Lisa LeBlanc, Gordon Lightfoot, Mike Tompkins, Patrick Watson and Laurence Nerbonne and Buffy Sainte-Marie. Click here for the line up and times.

11:00 p.m.  – Our Nation’s birthday celebration with fireworks to fill the sky

More than 15, 000 fireworks will be launched from five different locations (Nepean Point, 4 sites along Confederation Boulevard, which includes 2 sites in Ottawa and 2 in Gatineau) surrounding the downtown core, providing a 360 degree view of the illuminated sky.

Parilament Canada Day

Canada Events at Museums and Institutions: 

Most major sites and attractions will include FREE activities for all ages. Click here for more information.

Canadian Museum of History (unveiling of a new history hall):
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Activities Include: Traditional/ non traditional sports and physical activities, Conundrum, Artist Corner, Extreme Fun Zone, Meet Canadian Wildlife, Colourful Balloon Show, and Meet Syrian Refugees

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Activities Include: The Art of Henna, Crazy Make- up (facepaint), and Bubbleology Show, Roving Act *show time vary* (Fous du Roi on Stilts, Cirk Ollez, Disco Foo, The Living Portrait and Mildred the Maid)

Performance by The Lost Fingers and The Souljazz Orchestra. 

Major Hill Park

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Activities Include: Chicken Corner, The Buzz about Honey Bees, Turban EH!, Canada Trivia Challenge, Face Painting, Where the Past Meets the Future, Side Street Swing Dance, Discover the Arts, Busker, Discover Parks, Tim Horton’s Family Stage (line up and times) and Outaouais Tourism in 360 (until 11:00 p.m.)

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Includes: VIA Rail Miniature Train, Growing Connections, and Goodlife Fitness

Playing on the Tim Horton’s Stage includes: Raine Maida, Chantal Kreviazuk, Mother Mother, Laurence Nerbonne and David R. Maracle!

On Location

The Lord Elgin restaurant, Grill 41 will maintain regular hours on Canada Day! Just for this wonderful celebration, we have created a special Canada 150th menu for our guest to try! Hope to see you there.

So be sure to come out and celebrate, Canada’s 150th ! And at 76 years, we thought we were old!

For more information about the full weekend celebration, click here. We also welcome you to explore visitors information to learn more about facilities and services.