Ottawa 2017 midpoint highlights

As we near the halfway mark of a year of celebrations in the nation’s capital for Canada’s 150th birthday, the Ottawa 2017 Bureau, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, is proud to outline some of the accomplishments of the last six months.


Here’s how Canada’s big year looks so far by the numbers:


1        top travel destination for 2017, as named by the New York Times, Lonely Planet and other international and national media organizations: CANADA, with Ottawa ranked as the number one place to celebrate the sesquicentennial this year!


5        days of celebrations for the Stanley Cup 125th Anniversary Tribute


12      number of sold out events, including Canada’s Table and Picnic on the Bridge, which both sold out in minutes


14      unique projects funded through the Ottawa 2017 Arts, Culture and Heritage Investment Program


17      and more unique, never seen before events in Ottawa under the Ignite 150 program


20      events to discover the beauty and richness of rural Ottawa under the Agri 150 program


23      wards will benefit from the more than 200 Ottawa 2017 events


37      local JUNO music events funded through the Ottawa Music Micro Grants program


49      community celebrations funded as a result of Ottawa 2017 quadrupling the Civic Engagement Program


88      percent of tickets sold for the Sky Lounge experience which runs July 7 to 22


400    youth torch bearers passed the flame of a sacred fire between the Ottawa 2017 cauldron and the Centennial Flame for the New Year’s Eve Celebration


1,300 young musicians conducted by Alexander Shelley for Music Ignites


2,400 dedicated volunteers who have donated over 10,000 hours to date toward making Ottawa


2017 celebrations a success


2, 500 picnic-goers at the first ever Interprovincial Picnic on the Bridge


9,000 lilies, roses and feathers in the Populace ceramic art installation under the Ottawa 2017 Arts, Culture and Heritage Investment Program


12,000 square feet of sod donated to local community organizations Habitat for Humanity and Ottawa Community Housing following Picnic on the Bridge


12,000 spectators at the first-ever Canadian edition of Red Bull Global Rallycross; 31% out of town visitors


50,000 subscribers to Ottawa 2017’s Newsletter

55,000 free tickets reserved so far for Kontinuum, which starts July 16


80,000 guests at 18 events for Ottawa Welcomes the World; more than 25 to come


175,000 visitors to date at Inspiration Village; 39% out of town visitors; open daily until September 4


200,000 people who braved the cold to attend Red Bull Crashed Ice over 2 days; 31% out of town visitors


2,500,000 organic online views of the La Machine promo video, 1 million of which were reached within 48 hours


6,500,000 viewers who tuned into The 2017 JUNO Awards in at least one of its broadcasts

In addition, Ottawa 2017 has:

  • announced 19 major program offerings and will produce, co-produce or support over 200 events, spanning across Ottawa’s 23 wards;
  • assisted partners in their efforts to secure both the 105th Grey Cup and the NHL 100 Classic and will support the opening of the Ottawa Art Gallery;
  • has completed the deployment of a comprehensive Pageantry Strategy and launched the Ottawa Host 150 online training tool.