Parliament Hill is such an icon in Ottawa that it’s hard to imagine the city before it existed. In the latest Capital History article, Ashley Newall gives you the story of building the first Centre Block in the 1860s.
After what seemed like neverending rain, cool weather, and grey skies, the sun is finally out and it looks like it will be sticking around and bringing warmer temperatures this weekend. While we may still be in lockdown mode here in Ottawa, this is a chance to get outside and enjoy our beautiful city, keeping safely away from others. The virtual events, which have become the norm, are in shorter supply, but there is still plenty to do to turn your mood around and we’ve got some great ideas to help get your weekend started.
Each week the @apt613 IG team brings you a selection of photo highlights from the #APT613 hashtag. These are our favourite photos of the week *of the year*.
We’ve somehow managed to make it through to the final month of 2020 and, for that, I think we all deserve a bit of celebration. As this weekend approaches, we’ve got a bunch of great ideas for you all as to how to properly go about it during this festive season.
On November 10, the Parliament Hill carillonneur played the Jeopardy! theme on the Peace Tower bells in honour of the passing of Alex Trebek.
In this video, we get to follow on the tail of a virtual pilot who is flying around real-life Ottawa for a good 15 minutes.
This week’s geotour starts and ends where the Rideau Canal enters the Ottawa River, just below the Chateau Laurier. The tour will feature a moderate walk or bike ride between two provinces and reveal the history of why the Rideau Canal ends where it does.
Over 10,000 people crowded Parliament Hill to Marie-Mai, Cœur de Pirate, Shawnee, K’naan, Alan Doyle, The Strumbellas, Crystal Shawanda, Brett Kissel, William Prince and *gasps* Ryan Reynolds.
Travis Facette: “It’s a phenomenal, hilarious show… that you shouldn’t be scared of it.”
With construction set to begin in 2019, forcing the building to close for at least 10 or as many as 20 years, the heart of Parliament Hill is turning Ottawans into tourists in their own town.
There’s a free show on Parliament Hill this week. La chanteuse Ariane Moffatt va donner un concert gratuit à Ottawa ce mercredi soir.
100in1Day is happening this Saturday, June 2.