Aug. 3 to 6
The Rideau Canal is one of Ottawa’s most recognizable landmarks, as well as one of the most historically significant features of our city. The Rideau Canal Festival celebrates the 180th anniversary of this wonderful waterway with activities for the whole family along the length of the canal, from the Ottawa Locks and the Bytown Museum to Dow’s Lake Pavilion. Catch a parade of lights, a crafter’s market, walking tours, a flotilla, and lots more, plus food trucks, wine and beer, and live entertainment. The party also honours the 5th anniversary of the canal’s UNESCO World Heritage designation.