Upcoming highlights at Inspiration Village

Inspiration Village is Ottawa 2017’s latest signature event currently taking place in the ByWard Market featuring a succession of FREE special exhibits, demonstrations, inspirational guest speakers and performances showcasing Canadian culture and Canada’s provinces and territories. Now, I am pleased to share some of the upcoming programming announced that you can witness firsthand.



Surprising challenges, friendly competitions and fun workshops will animate the entire Village while inspirational guest speakers and an eclectic line-up of talented performers will take the stage.




  • St-Jean-Baptiste

June 24 from noon to 8 p.m.

Come celebrate Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day at Inspiration Village! Enjoy musical and theatrical performances that include French artists that will allow you to discover the origins of the Quebec’s culture through music and storytelling.


  • Canada Day

July 1, from noon to 11 p.m.

Stop by on Canada Day where Inspiration Village will be celebrating Canada’s 150th with special activities and performances for the whole family. Don’t miss a red and white inspired musical rendition by Groovy Little Orchestra who will perform some of the top Canadian songs. Christopher, Josée and Lexie from Mini TFO will also be on-site to entertain little ones with songs, stories and games.



Every Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

Take part in an array of activities that will challenge your mind and body, and harness your creativity.


  • Head in the Clouds: Recycled Paper Airplane Workshops


June 17 and 18

Engineers will be on hand to help young and old alike build fantastic flying racers and get them excited about aeronautics. With the help of a launch pad, a friendly competition will be hosted to see whose aircraft is most accurate, can travel the farthest and can go the highest. Great prizes to be won!


  • Ready for Takeoff: Drone Flying Competitions and Workshops


July and August

Get ready to soar above Inspiration Village as you learn to manipulate a drone during agility and precision flying courses for all ages. Already an expert? Then show what you’ve got during a friendly competition. Who knows, you might just take on the next Chris Hadfield or Robert Piché.


  • Beat the Pros


July and August

Take part in a series of activities and friendly competitions where you can meet inspiring individuals, including top Canadian athletes and test your skills against amateur competitors and pros in a fun environment.



Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

Awaken your family’s love of science, music and more during fun filled activities for all ages.


  • The Great ByWard Market Mystery


June 25 and July 2

Go back to your Canadian roots and join in an interactive scavenger hunt across Inspiration Village and the ByWard Market. Participants will need to use creativity, knowledge and teamwork to decipher clues that will help them to solve the final mystery.


  • Architect for the Day


July and August

Don’t miss this monumental building block competition! Participants of all ages will need to use their ingenuity and creativity as they take on astounding challenges on the spot. Plenty of fun for the whole family and amazing prizes to be won!


  • Feel the Rhythm of the Drums

July and August

Feel the rhythm of drums and percussions and move to their captivating beat during high energy performances under the summer sun. Plus, build your very own instrument during a drum-making workshop and release your inner musician.



Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Get active and learn about healthy lifestyles at Inspiration Village.


  • Piyo Live and Insanity Live


June 22 and 29

Grab your sneakers and a towel and get moving at Inspiration Village with this mix class of Piyo Live, a low impact, high intensity results workout and the infamous Insanity Live.


  • Spinning Experience


July and August

Start pedaling as the Village will be transformed into a giant outdoor spinning class. They supply the bikes, you supply the get-up-and-go!



Fridays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Join as Inspiration Village celebrates and pays tribute to everything Canadian and broaden your horizons.


  • CANADA 3, 2, 1 FLY AWAY, presented by Porter


June 16, 23 and 30

July 7, 14, 21 and 30

August 4, 11, 18, 25

Pack a bag and join for an exciting evening where you could be whisked away to a surprise Canadian Porter destination. Enjoy mocktails, a live DJ and games as you wait to find out if you’re the lucky winner. Just bring your suitcase and your smile and the rest will be taken care of.


  • Circus Under the Sails 


July and August

Come applaud talented acrobats and street performers under a sky full of multicoloured bubbles. Put your juggling skills to the test during special workshops on circus arts.



Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

2017 is all about celebrating Canada’s 150th and what’s a party without music?


  • Budding DJs


July and August

Take part in an introductory music production workshop for aspiring DJs and those who want to hone their skills. Topics will include creating remixes and sound mash-ups, as well as different sound mixing techniques.


Inspiration Village is open daily from noon to 8 p.m. The public spaces of Inspiration Village are open and accessible 24-hours. Activities and performances are updated regularly online.


I highly encourage all residents to take an opportunity to stop by one of Ottawa’s most unique attractions taking place this year. Since there’s something for the whole family, Inspiration Village is a great chance to get out, enjoy the sun, and have some fun. Just remember to enjoy it before the village closes September 4th!