What’s Going On With Ottawa 2017?



Something odd is going on with Ottawa 2017.

At the end of May, it was announced that only 13 per cent of city campsites had been booked for Canada Day and Ottawa 2017 related accommodation. The city responded by closing many of the campsites.

Not exactly a resounding endorsement of Ottawa 2017. Visitor are voting with their feet … or lack of feet as the case may be.

This was preceded in March with a bizarre city release saying that the media was inaccurate in reporting attendance at Red Bull Crashed Ice. “Given the multiple waves of people, attendance is estimated in the tens of thousands. At this point, it is not possible to provide a more specific overall number.”

That’s good. It narrowed the attendance figures down to tens of thousands. Thank goodness for the precise nature of the counting. It is about as accurate as the reporting for the individual sources of money for the Ottawa 2017 budget.

It’s early but cracks are appearing in the facade of Ottawa 2017. This celebration might not be the success everyone was expecting.


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8 thoughts on “What’s Going On With Ottawa 2017?

  1. In a recent column in the Ottawa Citizen, Kelly Egan referred to the events as designed by 12-year-old boys. There was more than a grain of truth to that statement.

    1. Ron:

      It’s too bad we don’t have something lasting from all that money spent.

      We still use many Centennial projects.

      I’m not against a party but the Canada Day celebration is more than enough for me. Maybe make it Canada Week and expand it a bit.



      1. I agree Ken. Both Merivale and Bell Arenas were Centennial projects. Both have had mid-life refits (don’t we all) and remain in use 50 years later. In contrast, after the fire breathing dragon robot leaves, the sodded bridge is returned to commuter traffic, and the assorted containers are removed from the Byward Market, all we will have to show for it is … nothing.

  2. This is a national celebration. Ottawa should have done one ‘lasting’ thing and done it well. What we are getting is a sad imitation of Disney World.
    In 1992 (125), Ottawa unveiled the National Peacekeeping Monument, which I assume was federal funds.
    A search produced ‘peace parks’ and IMO that is how celebrations should be: Fifteen Years ago as Canada celebrated its 125th Birthday, some 400 cities and towns across Canada dedicated a Park to Peace with most parks dedicated at Noon local time, October 8th, as the National Peacekeeping Monument was being unveiled in Ottawa. Each of the original Peace Parks incorporated a ‘Bosco Sacro’ (Peace Grove) of 12 trees as a symbolic link with one another, and with nature – and as a symbol of hope for the future. The 12 trees were also symbolic of Canada’s 10 Provinces and two Territories. As there are now three Territories, a 13th tree was planted as part of the “Re-dedication Ceremonies.”

  3. Who knows how well attended the events will be. I poked some fun at this century and a half shenanigans, this somewhere in between centennial and bicentennial as being much to do about nothing. Just a little over the top. It is Canada Day – speeches and fireworks, thank you and good-night.


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