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The Great Trail: Busy Day in Ottawa

Credit: Ottawa Redblacks

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    Friday, August 25, 2017, 6:00 AM - Official celebrations for the countrywide connection of the Great Trail will take place this Saturday, August 26 in Ottawa. 

    In addition to performances being held during the event, several interesting activities will also take place before and after the festivities. Here are three must-see events happening in Ottawa that day. 

    CFL football 

    The BC Lions will be in town to face the Ottawa Redblacks. The opening kick-off will take place at 3:30 p.m.—tickets are for sale online. Click here for more information

    Celebrations for Canada’s 150th

    Many activities are taking place as part of the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. Of particular interest is MosaïCanada 150, a kilometre-long garden showcasing over a hundred horticultural sculptures of all sizes on the theme of Canada. The event is being held in Gatineau and is free. 

    Multimedia enthusiasts can take in Kontinuum, a free event taking place in Ottawa’s downtown underground.

    History buffs can head to the Inspiration Village, located near historic ByWard Market. There, exhibitions, presented in shipping containers, will trace the history of the Canadian Confederation. 

    Also of note is the bilingual show entitled Northern Lights: Sound and Light Show, which will be presented free of charge on Parliament Hill at 9:30 p.m.

    Family fun 

    The Greater Ottawa Area offers many family-friendly activities. There’s the Canadian Children’s Museum, located within the Canadian Museum of History. It’s the perfect place for young children to have fun while learning about how other children around the world live!

    At the Museum of Fine Arts of Canada, parents can have fun with their children by taking in Artissimo art activities. This program allows young people to explore art while having fun.

    Among other exhibitions are the Canada Goose Arctic Gallery at the Canadian Museum of Nature. These interactive exhibits present various aspects of northern life.

    At the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, one can learn more about how farms operate and see animals big and small, including dairy cows, horses and rabbits.

    Pirate Adventures gives children the opportunity to become real-life pirates with makeup, tattoos and pirate accessories. With the help of a treasure map, they must then attempt to solve various puzzles to get to the sunken treasure!

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