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Connecting Children with World Heritage
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I Love the Rideau Canal

The Rideau Canal Festival is proud to offer Connecting Children to World Heritage. This program encourages children to celebrate heritage in an environmentally friendly way. 

Under the direction of artist and art educator, Monique Martin, children and their families are invited to 2 different activities that provide an opportunity to explore the significance of the Rideau Canal while celebrating Parks Canada’s 100th Anniversary.

Environmental Poles

July 28 - August 1 from 10:00am - 6:00pm
Confederation Park

Participants will decorate 100 Environmental poles with environmental messages and artwork. Participants will be able to draw using various mediums, paint and/or collage onto the poles. The 100 environmental poles will evolve throughout the festival weekend. The 100 poles mark the 100th anniversary of Parks Canada and will be installed in Confederation Park.

Locks of Love

July 28 - August 1 from 10:00am - 6:00pm
Bytown Museum/ Ottawa Locks

Children and their parents are invited to come and decorate a silhouette of a lock (padlock) of love and show everyone what you love about the Rideau Canal.

Participants will be able to draw using various mediums, paint and/or collage onto the locks of love. The 100 “love lock” silhouettes will be installed along the edges of the Ottawa Locks adjacent to the Bytown Museum to mark the 100th anniversary of Parks Canada.

I Love the Rideau Canal Project

Last fall, under the direction of the art educator/artist Monique Martin, students from 4 schools: Lakeview Public School, Ottawa, Avalon Public School, Ottawa, École élémentaire catholique Élisabeth-Bruyère, Ottawa and Georges Vanier Catholic Fine Arts School, Saskatoon participated in the development of the Festival’s Bus Board campaign.

A total of 650 students, from grades 1 to 4 expressed their love of the Rideau Canal by creating art work with the phrase I Love The Rideau Canal. 75 artworks where selected and have been integrated to this year’s Bus Board Advertising Campaign . Some artworks were also included in the Festival’s billboard campaign in Montréal and in Kingston.

The Rideau Canal Festival would like to thank all the students that took part in the I Love the Rideau Canal Project.  We also wish to thank the Saskatchewan Arts Board – Arts Smarts grant program and Pattison Outdoor Advertising, who made this project possible with their generous contributions.