Things To Do | The Metcalfe

Ottawa in 2017

In 2017, Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary as a nation, and The Metcalfe will be in the centre of the action. Throughout the city you’ll find immersive and moving experiences, along with national celebrations and annual festivals, with lots of things to do in Ottawa. Or if you’re looking for an experience that’s off the beaten track, check out our recommendations.

Things To Do

Rideau Canal Skateway

JANUARY 10-MARCH 10, 2017

Every winter, 7.8 km (4.8 miles) of the Rideau Canal transforms into the world’s largest outdoor skating rink, as designated by Guinness World Records.


FEBRUARY 3-20, 2017

A unique winter festival featuring snow and ice sculpture competitions, snow playgrounds, and skating and sporting events which transform Ottawa into a winter wonderland.

Red Bull Crashed Ice

MARCH 3-4, 2017

Red Bull Crashed Ice will make its debut when the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship crashes and glides its way to Ottawa on March 3-4, 2017. The world’s best athletes will travel the course on the iconic locks of the Rideau Canal, overlooking Parliament Hill and the historical Chateau Laurier.

Tulip Festival

MAY 12-22, 2017

This annual world-famous festival centres around Ottawa’s love affair with the tulip, with a million tulips blooming in public areas, including 300,000 blooms in Commissioners Park near Dows Lake.

Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

MAY 27-28, 2017

Almost 50,000 participants compete in a variety of challenging races, including Canada’s largest marathon, during the country’s most popular multi-day running event.

Underground Multi-Media Experience


Take part in an unforgettable underground experience with a futuristic and immersive multi-media production. Occurring for 10 weeks in the summer of 2017, this event will highlight the once-in-a lifetime infrastructure project that will offer a new era of transportation in the nation’s capital.