The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, have officially announced Agri 150 – a new program that will be stewarded by Just Food to boost rural tourism during the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday in the nation’s capital and for years to come.
This is particularly exciting for Stittsville residents as this means that some of the Ottawa 2017 celebrations will be coming to us. Over the upcoming months, I will be working closely with the planners to help ensure that Stittsville is represented to its fullest extent to demonstrate our rich cultural history,
More than 20 unique one-day outdoor events will take place over the course of the year to allow people to discover our rural communities in all four seasons, and enhance their knowledge and appreciation of rural resources, while enjoying rejuvenating adventures. This rural-tourism initiative will help youth discover where and how our food grows. It will also highlight to new Canadians who have moved to our urban, vibrant city, that they are surrounded by a large source of fresh food.
From January to December, the program will offer a variety of experiences for the senses that will allow residents and visitors to indulge in the pure beauty of rural Ottawa – which makes up over two-thirds of the city – in areas like Stittsville and the communities of West Carleton-March, Cumberland, Osgoode and Rideau Goulbourn.
Agri 150 will be managed by Just Food, in partnership with Ottawa 2017. The not-for-profit organization is dedicated to fostering vibrant, just and sustainable food and farming systems in the Ottawa region.
Some examples of Agri 150 experiences include, among others:
Wine and Words Tour: Participants will visit several local wineries to sample area wines paired with local cheeses and other canapes. In partnership with the Ottawa International Writers Festival, at each stop, a local author or storyteller will entertain with passages that reflect the rural landscape and way of life.
Eco-Tour: This cycling tour will showcase tastes and innovations in environmental sustainability in rural Ottawa, including an off-grid farm, a conservation area, solar installations and greenhouse vegetable production. At each stop, participants will enjoy locally produced treats while interacting with expert tour guides.
Rural Fair Experiences: Working with farmers, producers and growers, rural fairs highlight local history and current food and farm culture. Agri 150 will ensure through marketing initiatives that even more residents and visitors alike will learn about rural resources and celebrate the distinct rural nature of the community in a fun and interactive way.
Ottawa 2017 is also working in collaboration with OC Transpo to offer transportation to Agri 150 events, allowing a greater number of residents and visitors to participate.
More details about the Agri 150 program and ticket information will be available on the Ottawa 2017 website this fall.