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

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.

Changing of the Guard

JUNE 25-AUGUST 26, 2017

Catch the thrilling spectacle of the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Come early (9:45 am) to learn about the symbolism, history and proceedings of this free ceremony.

RBC BluesFest

JULY 6-16, 2017

One of the largest international music events in the world, with over 220 varied musical acts on several outdoor stages, attracting more than 300,000 music fans each year.

Hope Volleyball

JULY 16, 2017

This is North America’s largest one-day outdoor beach volleyball tournament, with more than 25,000 players and spectators and a wide variety of entertainment events featuring prominent artists.

Sound of Light

AUGUST 5-19, 2017

An international fireworks competition with the greatest pyrotechnic experts—five unforgettable evenings of magical moments, colourful lights and melodic sound.

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon


Come to Canada’s largest balloon festival where hot air balloons fill the Gatineau sky and a number of exciting shows take place.