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What is going on in Ottawa, Ontario? Check out this list of festivals: film, music, food, theatre, art and family-friendly festivals. If it is happening in Ottawa, it is listed here.

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The National Women's Show offers a fantastic day out with girlfriends to relax, get pampered, and have fun! Highlights of the event include great shopping, free samples, fabulous shopping, free makeovers, fashion shows, informative workshops, cooking stage demos, food and wine sampling, career and business resources, decorating and travel ideas, celebrity appearances, health and wellness advice, fantastic prizes, and much more! It’s truly the ultimate girl’s day out! For more information, visit www.nationalwomenshow.com.



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Coming this Spring to Lansdowne Park Ottawa- THE BEVERAGE SHOW!
The craft cocktail renaissance is alive and growing. The beverage industry has been busting into a mix of renaissance and new-world mixed cocktails. Come and join today’s aficionados that are looking for that new experience when enjoying a beverage at their favorite bars, restaurants, or when they are creating them at home.
Be it your national brands that consumers know or that special new taste of summer that you’ve never imagined, THE BEVERAGE SHOW is the opportunity for discovery in Ottawa on Friday, April 24, 2015 – 4pm to 10pm and Saturday, April 25, 2015 – 1pm to 10pm. THE BEVERAGE SHOW will showcase new and unique tastes of summer – from specialty cocktails, coolers, beers and other adult beverages.
For further information and updates please go to; http://knowledgeableconsumption.ca/
  • Lansdowne Park   Address: 1015 Bank Street Ottawa  ON  K1S 3W7


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Saturday May 2, 2015

First Annual Afternoon Tea with the Princesses

You are cordially invited to a SPECIAL FUNDRAISER EVENT: Afternoon Tea with Princesses at Fisher Park / Summit School.

Enjoy tea, lemonade and cookies while you are visited by the Princesses.

Two sittings: 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Please note: each sitting is an hour long. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to check in.

Proceeds will help build a safety village at Crystal Bay Centre for Special Education.

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May 10 to May 14
The 2017 Ottawa Children's Festival runs from May 10-14 and will feature some of the best performing arts from around the world. The festival will take place at Lebreton Flats Park (select showings at La Nouvelle Scène), and will feature onsite activities for the whole family to enjoy!

Let yourself be inspired by this year's featured international presentations. Enjoy crazy acrobatic stunts, playful theatre, unbelievable dance routines, foot tapping/hand clapping music and more!

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May 10 to May 14
For 28 years, the Ottawa International Children’s Festival has been holding a five-day extravaganza of the finest quality theatre, dance and music for young audiences in the community. The Festival has hosted performers from Brazil, Kenya, Peru, Holland, France, England, Germany, Denmark and China, as well as artists from around Canada. An amazing performing arts experience, the Ottawa International Children's Festival will excite and amaze the whole family!



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Spur, Canada’s national festival of politics, art and ideas comes to Ottawa. The theme for 2014 is: Signal vs. Noise
We live in a world in which information is everywhere but facts are unclear, in opinions rampant but context missing. How do we filter the din around us and focus on the trends and patterns that will reveal what is truly at issue? And how do we respond to those signals?
Join fellow citizens and great thinkers at Spur 2014 for some serious fun and add your voice to the discussion.


Spur: Canada's first national festival of politics, art and ideas.
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May 12 to May 22
In early May, Ottawa's official flower, the tulip, is in full bloom. To celebrate, visitors and locals alike tour the beds of bright flowers throughout the city and Major's Hill Park hosts dozens of concerts. History buffs may want to see one bed of tulips in particular. Since the end of the Second World War the Dutch government has sent bulbs in appreciation for Canada's wartime efforts. Some of the flowers now bloom at Commissioners Park.



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May 12 to May 22
"One Tulip ~ One Canada" - Celebrate Canada’s 150th at Ottawa’s multi-award-winning 65th Canadian Tulip Festival. This flagship festival showcases the Capital’s official flower as a symbol of international friendship hosting tulip art, culinary experiences, entertainment for everyone, restaurant and hotel program participation, breathtaking fireworks set to music, guided tours, vintage military displays paying tribute to our veterans, and the WWII liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian troops; and of course, millions of tulips in bloom all the while respecting the natural, wonderful setting that is our nation’s capital. Explore four distinct experiences at venues cross the City: Lansdowne Park Tulip Gallery – Friendship, Floral and Art Tulip Experience featuring floral exhibits and installations from artists across Canada, the Tulip Café in Aberdeen, interactive family programming, arts and crafts; Dow’s LakeTulips – Garden Tulip Experience with show-stopping, mass-planted tulip beds; Byward Tulip Park(ing) – Urban Tulip Experience bringing tulips to the Centretown market; and Garden Promenade Tulips – the City Tulip Tour Experience that showcases the best of Ottawa’s public gardens. The largest event of its kind in the world!


Festival canadien des tulipes du 12 au 22 mai 2017
« Une Tulipe ~ Un Canada » - Célébrez le 150e anniversaire du Canada au 65e Festival canadien des tulipes à Ottawa. Le festival présente la fleur officielle de la capitale comme symbole d'amitié internationale, et ce, en accueillant des expositions florales et des installations artistiques, des expériences culinaires, du divertissement pour tous, la participation au programme de restaurants et d’hôtels, des programmes familiaux interactifs, des feux d'artifice à couper le souffle, des spectacles militaires millésimés rendant hommage à nos anciens combattants et à la libération de la Seconde Guerre mondiale par les troupes canadiennes, des visites guidées et bien sûr, des millions de tulipes en floraison dans les magnifiques jardins de notre capitale nationale. Explorez quatre expériences distinctes : Galerie des tulipes du Parc Lansdowne - Amitié, Expérience florale et artistique des tulipes ; Tulipes du Lac Dow / Parc des Commissaires – Expérience du jardin de tulipes ; Parc des Tulipes au Marché By - Expérience urbaine des tulipes ; Et la promenade des jardins de tulipes – expérience touristique de la ville. Le plus grand événement mondial du genre!
  • Lansdowne Park   Address: 1015 Bank Street Ottawa  ON  K1S 3W7



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Jun 16 to Jun 18
The 6th annual Ottawa Beer Fest will deliver another successful year and has expanded to include craft, domestic, imported beer and cider. Come join us June 16-18, 2017 at the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park. We will be showcasing our 150th Anniversary Pavilion featuring a snapshot of beer throughout time.
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Jun 16 to Jun 18
The 6th annual Ottawa Beer Fest will deliver another successful year and has expanded to include craft, domestic, imported beer and cider. Come join us June 16-18, 2017 at the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park. We will be showcasing our 150th Anniversary Pavilion featuring a snapshot of beer throughout time.
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GlowFair is a new expression of a reimagined Centretown: It’s funky, fun and full of life!

Ottawa’s inaugural GlowFair is an incredible festival of light bathing eight city blocks of Bank Street, from Slater to Gilmour, with concert quality music from three different stages. GlowFair will offer captivating performance artists, dynamic art and décor displays in the streets. Extended patios will stretch out onto the sidewalks and street, serving up food and drink and special store promotions to all the revelers.


It’ll be dynamic. Romantic. Fun. Trippy. Magical… Hard to describe until you’re part of it. But once you’ve experienced it, it’ll be hard to forget it.
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Jun 22, Jun 25
The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is a not for profit event founded in 1993. The organization held it’s first inaugural festival in 1994 as a small half-day event that is now a multi-day celebration of the arts, sports, culture and heritage. The festival is North America’s largest dragon boating event with over 200 teams in corporate, community and competitive categories. The festival offers free admission to multiple stages with world class entertainment, amusement attractions, extreme sports demonstrations, a variety of artisans, exhibitors, delicious culinary treats, beach bar, children’s area and non-stop racing. The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is made possible by the continued support of Canadian Heritage’s Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage, Celebrate Ontario and the City of Ottawa Partnership Program.



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This self-guided Pond Tour features a dozen of Ottawa's most beautiful Water Gardens. Guests are provided with a tour book with directions, to get around town at a leisurely pace. The event is topped of with a cash BBQ reception at the Bott Family Swim Pond, a 60,000 gallons aquatic adventure, with a 14 foot waterfall, and koi! Fun and games for the whole family!



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Ancient Chinese tradition meets the Nation's Capital. Combine the excitement and competition of dragon boat races, multi-cultural food and entertainment, community spirit and charitable fundraising and you have a colourful event that attracts 4,500 paddlers and over 60,000 spectators.



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Showcasing local, national and international artists, the Ottawa Fringe Festival celebrates stage, music, art, film and more. Featuring over 80 companies through indoor and outdoor venues for 10 days of fun on the fringe. Occurs at the end of June.



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The Ottawa Humane Society Summer Harvest Garden Party, in honour of the late Chef Kurt Waldele, returns this July to mark the 15th anniversary of the event.

The Summer Harvest Garden Party brings together Ottawa’s top food and beverage venues to raise money for the animals in the care of the Ottawa Humane Society. This event is a delight for the senses and the heart, as the event features Ottawa’s top Chefs and Mixologists each preparing a tasting dish or cocktail for guests to enjoy, as well as an open bar serving fine wines and craft beer. There will also be an opportunity for guests to bid on a wonderful and eclectic assortment of live and silent auction items, and a chance to mingle with OHS animal volunteers.

Tickets are $125 and come with a $75 tax receipt.

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Jul 01
Come celebrate Canada Day in Downtown Rideau, Ottawa’s Arts, Fashion & Theatre District. Be part of the Living Flag, sit on a temporary street patio, take in some local live music, see an extreme sports show, experience an Art Battle, discover amazing buskers and enjoy the evening's fireworks over Parliament Hill. Downtown Rideau is the place to be this Canada Day! Visit www.downtownrideau.com or download our app for program schedule.


Venez célébrer la fête du Canada au centre-ville Rideau, le quartier des arts de la mode et du thée d’Ottawa. Faites partie du drapeau vivant, prenez le temps de vous asseoir sur une des terrasses conçues pour l’occasion afin d’écouter des musiciens locaux, de voir un spectacle de sports extrêmes, de faire l’expérience d’une bataille d’art et de découvrir d’incroyables saltimbanques et, en soirée, laissez-vous émerveiller par les feux d’artifice de la colline du Parlement. Le centre-ville Rideau est l’endroit « où il faut être » pour cette fête du Canada! Visitez www.downtownrideau.com ou téléchargez notre application pour l’horaire du programme.


Canada Day in Downtown Rideau 2014
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Jul 01
Be part of Ottawa's only Living Flag this Canada Day. Come to Downtown Rideau on July 1 to celebrate Canada and be a body in the Living Flag! Enjoy complementary refreshments, professional digital photo, camaraderie PLUS the first 500 peole will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Come pay tribute to this great country! Please dress in either red or white clothing.

To pre-register to be part of the Downtown Rideau Living Flag and to be entered into a draw for a $500 prize package, click here http://www.downtownrideau.com/living-flag-4/


Ottawa Living Flag 2015
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Jul 01
Be part of the Downtown Rideau Living Flag this Canada Day. Join over 450 people who will come to Downtown Rideau on July 1 to celebrate Canada and be a body in the Living Flag! Enjoy complementary refreshments, t-shirt and photo plus camaraderie as we pay tribute to this great country. Visit downtownrideau.com to register now!


Downtown Rideau Living Flag 2014
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The Ottawa International Jazz Festival is the premier music event to take place in downtown Ottawa and we are proud to be part of the continuing tradition of bringing jazz to the National Capital Region. Set on a bold path, trailblazing the most dynamic programming and innovations the Festival continues to present the finest musicians from across Canada and around the world in all genres and inspirations of Jazz!



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Established in 1983, this beach volleyball festival has grown to be the largest of its kind in the world. 20,000 spectators come to watch 100 teams with 10,000 players compete in nearly 5,000 games. In addition, there is a main stage onsite that features six hours of live entertainment throughout the day. The event takes place at Mooney's Bay Beach.



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The Ottawa Bluesfest is an outdoor music festival that consists of 6 stages offering 170 performances. The festival is a world-class event that celebrates music and culture from around the world. Annually, the festival attracts over 220,000 spectators.



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One of the largest fireworks competitions in Canada, the Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light event gives visitors the chance to see amazing fireworks displays created by pyrotechnic artists from across the globe. A variety of other activities are on offer and there is a beer tent, a concessions area and a family zone onsite.



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10 NEW Ribbers serving slow cooked Ribs, BBQ Chicken and Sensational Pulled Pork.
Numerous Specialty Food Vendors serving Dessert, Sweets and Treats.
A new performance stage, Live Music and Park Performers all weekend long.
Beer Gardens by Craft Broadhead Beer & a cool Tiki Caeser & Wine Bar for pairing.
A VIP Social Night (Thursday,July 30).
Best in Ribs, Pulled Pork Eating, and Rib Cutting Contests.
BBQ Demonstrations.
`NEW` COrnhole Championship and much, much more. (FREE ADMISSION)


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Canalfest, Merrickville's annual outdoor salute to the Rideau Canal takes place August Long Weekend in Blockhouse Park in Merrickville. Scheduled daytime festivities include ongoing live musical entertainment, a fine craft show, Voyageur Canoe rides, a floating model boat show, and the Merrickville Lions Barbecue. Children's activities include a fishing derby, free face painting, and Merrickville's own "Bug Lady."
  • Rideau Canal   Address: 34A Beckwith Street South Ottawa  ON  K7A 2A8


Participants are Jumping for Joy at merrickville's Canalfest
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In the churches and halls of Ottawa, the chamber music of Haydn and Mozart attracts music lovers in late July and early August. The Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival even records some of the performances.
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Thrills, Chills, and Trills

Music at every turn; your favourite composers interpreted with creative new intensity; traditional and fringe alike, performed to the bravos of folk who truly love their song… these are a few of the impressions you’ll take home from Ottawa Chamberfest.

This year’s two-week international chamber music festival brings together the boldest names in ensemble and solo performance, capped at both ends with the hottest three tickets of the summer concert season.
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National Capital Craft Beer Festival.

We would like to forward the information regarding our third annual National Capital Craft Beer Festival to be held this August in Ottawa.

National Capital Craft Beer Festival
August 15th 16th and 17th

Location of event: Marion Dewar Plaza, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West,
Ottawa, ON, K1P 1J1

Website www.nationalcapitalcraftbeerfestival.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/craftbeerfestivals
Twitter: @ottbeerfestival

National Capital Craft Beer Festival showcases exceptionally crafted craft beers and local eateries. Designed to promote the appreciation of Craft Brewed Beers and local artisanal cuisine.

This August will be the 3rd annual craft beer festival and we look forward to seeing you and many new Craft Beer Breweries. As well sampling many more delicious craft beers. This year’s three-day outdoor community festival is located at Marion Dewar Plaza, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa’s City Hall, August 15-16 and 17, 2014.

Dates and Time:
• Friday: 15:00 to 22:00
• Saturday: Noon to 22:00
• Sunday: Noon to 18:00
Come and enjoy:
• Sample exceptionally crafted craft beers,
• Enjoy family and friends
• Over 100 craft beers to try,
• Mid summers day and night
• Meet the Brewmasters
• Enjoy local artisanal cuisine,
• Live music,

Please use the information above. If you require any other information please contact me, Heather, at heather@kcevents.ca.
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There have been pride celebrations in Ottawa since 1987 and each year participation and attendance has grown. Recent events have seen thousands of city residents attending and joining in on a number of events including a pride parade, an info fair, an outdoor festival with a kid's area and live entertainment, parties, pub crawls and more.



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The Ottawa Greek festival gives the city's Greek populace the chance to celebrate their heritage while educating the public. Visitors can enjoy Greek cuisine, dance demonstrations, language and dance lessons, live music, a Zorba show, theme days and more.



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This festival celebrates Turkish culture, art, food, music and dance and gives visitors a chance to learn about Turkish hospitality and heritage. The events are free of charge and feature a parade, activities for children, authentic demonstrations and souvenirs for sale.
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This year’s festival features acclaimed works by touring performers such as Alison Wearing (Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter), Tim Murphy (Kuwaiti Moonshine), Steven Gallagher (Stealing Sam), Diana Tso (Monkey Queen, Journey to the East), Theatre of the Beat (This Prison or: He Came Through the Floor).
Wakefield Centre is located at 38 Valley Drive, a short walk from fine dining by the lovely Gatineau River.
Passes for any 3 shows are only $25, available online from TheatreWakefield.ca or tickets for each show are $10 at the door.



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A one-day celebration of all things awesome in your favourite area of Ottawa. Stroll down Wellington St W and take a nibble of everything this great district has to offer – from eclectic sidewalk sales to delicious snacks. It’s all out on the street for you to enjoy.



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Located in Hog's Back Park, the Ottawa Folk Festival features the finest in Canadian and international acoustic music. Past headliners have included Sarah Harmer and Judy Collins.



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A major event for animation fans, the Ottawa International Animation Festival presents a range of innovative and exciting work by filmmakers from across the world. Activities at the festival include workshops, panel discussions, screenings, parties and more.



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Whiskey Ottawa is bringing together more then 70 whiskeys under the one roof, that's never been seen before in Ottawa! Your ticket is all-inclusive of your whisky samples and cocktails as well as many fine foods created by the Chefs of the Westin Hotel. This amazing first time event has a “smart casual” dress code, located in the Ballrooms of the Westin Hotel downtown Ottawa.

Please find more information on our website,
www.whiskyottawa.ca
  • The Westin Ottawa   Address: 11 Colonel By Drive Ottawa  ON  CAN  K1N 9H4


Over 70 whisky's to sample
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Oct 03
Saturday October 1st, 2016 | Canadian War Museum

We have over $10,000+ worth of whiskies to sample . No drink tickets required. Your ticket includes all whisky samples, cocktails and light snacks. Sample away and enjoy the evening!

The third edition of Whisky Ottawa brings together more whisky under one roof than ever seen before in Ottawa! Your ticket is all-inclusive of your whisky samples and cocktails, as well as many fine foods created by the Chefs of the Canadian War Museum. This amazing third edition event has a “smart casual” dress code, and will be located in the LeBreton Gallery of the Canadian War Museum downtown Ottawa.

Whisky Ottawa is the can’t miss event for both the aficionado & novice alike. Come and meet all of the Whisky family: Whisky, Rye, Scotch and Bourbon. The festival will offer you the opportunity to taste whisky from around the world, as well as learning how to create incredible cocktails using these unique whiskeys. Come take in a Master Class or two on the floor at no extra cost.


Light snacks are included but please have dinner before coming. Best not to drink on an empty stomach!

Visit our website to sign up for our Master Classes:

Our brand ambassadors will wax poetically about their favorite subject (whisky, of course!) and the brands they represent, in an informative, fun and interactive manner. These seminars will last about 30 minutes so as not to take you off the floor for too long.

Cocktails: try many enjoyable whiskey cocktails and learn how to make them your self:

Ottawa’s best bartenders will be mixing up ‘Old Fashions’ ‘Manhattans’ & many more; all for you to sample and choose your favourite! Learn how to make these exciting cocktails at home. Experience whiskey based cocktails you haven't dared to try before. Whiskey, Rye, Scotch and Bourbons, let our professional mixologists teach you the tricks of the trade. Understanding how to create these cocktail you can serve them at your next party.

Your Whisky Ottawa Experience:

We want your Whisky Ottawa Festival experience to be a memorable one. Your ticket includes access to the grand tasting, a commemorative Glencairn nosing glass as well as all whiskey samples, cocktails and light snacks.

VIP: you can broaden your personal experience by joining us in early, special tutored tastings and more.

Master Classes: Tutored tastings conducted by whisky experts and brand ambassadors,

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General admission tickets $109.00 per person (your ticket includes all samples, light snacks & entrance fee)

VIP tickets $149.00 per person (your ticket includes entrance an hour earlier, a VIP Great Whisky Debate master class, all samples, light snacks & entrance fee)

Brand Seminars, will be ongoing on the Grand Tasting Hall floor.

Masterclasses are persented at 4pm 5pm and 6pm prior to the Grand Tasting Hall opening,

For more information on this Mastercalss click: https://www.whiskeyottawa.ca/news_wott/article&id=65

See “Buy Tickets” for more information, all tickets are plus HST, https://www.whiskeyottawa.ca/cms_wott/BuyTickets



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Join Us for the 1st Annual #MacMyCheeseFest celebrating everything Mac and Cheese including Traditional, Gourmet and Exotic Ooey Gooey Awesomeness at Festival Plaza, Ottawa City Hall. FREE Admission www.MacMyCheeseFest.ca



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Held in conjunction with events occurring across the river in Ottawa, this annual winter festival features a wide selection of activities for all ages, including fun at a snow sliding park, a dazzling fireworks opening ceremony, outdoor concerts and culinary experiences.



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