City hosts family event to mark the 50th anniversary of the Royal Swans

I am pleased to share that the City of Ottawa is holding a family event to officially release the Royal Swans onto the Rideau River, on Saturday, June 24, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Brantwood Park (located at the end of Clegg Street, off Main Street).


Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Diane Deans, Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee, will host the official release at 1 p.m.


The event also marks two important milestones: Canada’s 150th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the original Royal Swans that were gifted to the City of Ottawa by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in celebration of Canada’s Centennial year in 1967.


I encourage all residents to stop by to watch this beautiful celebration of the Royal Swans. Bring your pop-up chairs, blankets and picnic lunches, and take part in the many games and activities, such as potato sack races, tug-of-war, and bean bag toss. Should Mother Nature not quite cooperate, pop-up tents will be on site, where City recreation staff will hold arts and crafts activities.