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

2017 Canadian Videogame Awards


In November 2017, Ottawa will host not only the Canadian Videogame Awards, but they’ll also host the national championship for gamers. Semi-finals and final matches will be projected in monumental proportions onto buildings across Ottawa.

Remembrance Day

NOVEMBER 11, 2017

A moving ceremony of remembrance for the men and women who have served in Canada’s military.

Grey Cup

NOVEMBER 26, 2017

Football fans, take note: Ottawa will be home to the 105th Grey Cup. The annual football championship game of the CFL will be played at TD Place Stadium at Lansdowne Park. Get your tickets early.

Skating on Parliament Hill


Lace up your skates and experience the magic of winter with free skating on the Canada 150 Rink with the backdrop of Parliament buildings illuminated by Christmas lights

Heritage Classic

DECEMBER 16, 2017

The Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens to face off outdoors, but this one will be under the stars. This great match up between the Senators and Habs, will mark the 100th anniversary of the first game in NHL history played between Ottawa and Montreal at the Dey’s Arena in Ottawa on Dec. 19, 1917.

Gatineau Winter Beerfest

FEBRUARY 2-3, 2018

Discover artisan and local brewers inside the museum and outdoors, among friends and family