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Colonel By Day
Bytown Museum

Colonel By Day – Monday August 6, 2012 - 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Bytown Museum

Hosted by the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa in partnership with the Bytown Museum.

Again this year, Colonel By Day is the finale to the Rideau Canal Festival. Colonel By Day celebrates the accomplishments of Lt. Colonel John By and the workers in constructing the Rideau Canal and founding of Bytown; our present day Ottawa!

Join CHOO/COPO and the Bytown Museum to commemorate Colonel By with a FREE fun-filled day of heritage. This year’s programming will feature live musical performances, traditional dancing, heritage craft demonstrations, face-painting, costume characters, beautiful scenic heritage photo-ops, games for children and FREE admission to the Bytown Museum.

For more information visit Choo / Copo Website.



Opening Ceremonies – 11:00am
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Celtic Cross Ceremony – 2:15 pm
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  • Celtic Cross Ceremony: Remembering those who died during the building of the Rideau Canal. Honour these workers by attending the ceremony. http://youtu.be/vBoAFXdaM-E

Heritage exhibitors
Demonstrators
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  • Blacksmith

  • Royal Sappers

  • Gate Shop

  • Traditional Rug Braiding

  • Ottawa Guild of Lace Makers

  • Ottawa Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild

  • Knitting demonstration

  • Telegraph operator demonstration

Love locks
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Costume Characters
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  • Lt Colonel John By

  • Mother McGuinty

  • Father Horan

  • Mary Margaret O'Toole

  • Vintage Stock Theatre

  • Parka the Beaver

Children’s activities
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  • Corn husk dolls

  • Colonel By hats

  • Origami craft with Rideau canal birthday theme

  • "How will you save the environment" craft

  • Cylist love notes

Face Painting (Free)
Performances on Colonel By Stage and Rideau Heritage Stage
Free admission to the Bytown Museum
  • The Bytowne Museum is open daily between 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and free admission to the Museum.

Closing Ceremonies (3:45-4:00)
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