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Rideau Canal Slushway – Officially Closed For The Season

The Rideau Canal Skateway is officially closed for the season. The NCC inspected the ice conditions today and observed that the mild weather and the precipitation over the past few days have deteriorated the Rideau Canal Skateway’s ice faster than

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Finally! The Rideau Canal Skateway Opens Officially On Friday Morning

This just in… A 5-kilometre section of the Rideau Canal Skateway will open at 8 AM tomorrow, January 5th, from the Bronson rest area to the Pretoria Bridge (Hawthorne Avenue), including all Dows Lake. Official opening ceremonies will take place

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Massive Snow Sculpture Exhibit ‘Mosaïvernales’ This Winter At Jacques-Cartier Park

Yesterday, the city of Gatineau announced a partnership with Mosaïcultures International of Montréal and the National Capital Commission to bring a massive snow sculpture exhibit to Jacques-Cartier Park from January 26th to March 4th, 2018. It’s a similar idea to

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[Video] Nepean Point Redevelopment Plan Moves Ahead

The winning concept for the Nepean Point redevelopment has been revealed by the National Capital Commision. ‘Big River Landscape’ was submitted by Janet Rosenberg & Studio Inc. with Patkau Architects, Blackwell Structural Engineers, and ERA Architects Inc. The NCS’s Board

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Astrolabe Theatre Project Moves Ahead With 4 Detailed Proposals

Nepean Point is one of the most spectacular lookouts in Canada’s Capital, making it a key Capital destination. At the highest point of the site is a majestic statue of Samuel de Champlain, who explored the Ottawa River in 1613.

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NCC To Offer A Free Shuttle Bus To Gatineau Park For Fall Rhapsody

With the arrival of the Autumn Equinox at 4:02 PM on Friday, you may be thinking of spending some time on the road to take in all of the amazing fall colours that we typically get at this time of

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NCC Now Offering Free Permits & A Workshop For Young Lemonade Stand Operators

One year after being widely booed for telling two young sisters selling lemonade along Colonel By Drive to, in Clint Eastwood’s words ‘get off my lawn’, the National Capital Commission has had a complete change of heart and is now

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Sunday Bike Days Are Back With A Twist For Canada’s 150

The 47th season of NOKIA Sunday Bikedays kicks off on the long weekend, Sunday, May 21 and to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, Confederation Boulevard will be car-free for a one-time event from 9 am to 1 pm, which includes Wellington

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Winterlude Volunteers Needed!

Canadian Heritage is looking for volunteers interested in helping with the National Capital’s major winter celebration. Residents of the Ottawa-Gatineau region are invited to join the team of volunteers for the 39th edition of Winterlude, which begins February 3rd of 2017. As a

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New Tenant For Vacant Space At 50 Sussex Drive

The Royal Canadian Geographic Society of Canada will be moving into the vacant space at 50 Sussex Drive, adjacent to the Rideau Falls. It will become the “Centre for Geography and Exploration” and should be open to the public next

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Chateau-Laurier’s Expansion Plans

Some people love it, others not so much. Owners of the historic Chateau Laurier Hotel have announced plans for a major expansion, one that will create underground parking and add up to 200 long-term suites. If approved, the hotel’s parking

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Rideau Hall Renovations For Canada’s 150th

Rideau Hall, the Governor General’s Residence, will be getting a make-over, with the renovation work to be completed in time for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations next year. The redesigned front entrance arrival area, which will include a renewed Fountain of

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Lemonade Stand Shut Down Prompts NCC Apology

Eliza and her five-year-old sister Adela made the National News today… a day after they were told to pack up their lemonade stand on NCC property on a grassy median between Echo Drive and Colonel By Drive. It was another

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Tulips Dazzle At Ottawa’s Canadian Tulip Festival

The Tulips beds are spectacular at this year’s Canadian Tulip Festival! The Canadian Tulip Festival is the largest of its kind in the world, attracting some 600,000 visitors annually. Commissioners Park in Ottawa is home to the Capital’s most dazzling

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[Video] Cool Drone Footage Of Mer Bleue Bog

Drone footage of the Mer Bleue Bog. The bog one of the most outstanding natural features of the Greenbelt. This 3,500-hectare conservation area has a northern eco-system more typical of the Arctic than the Ottawa Valley. At Mer Bleue you

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