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Saturday, August 4, 2012 – 10:00am – 5:00pm

Scheduled Activities

Connecting Children with World Heritage
  • All Day

  • Since its launch in 2008, the Rideau Canal Festival has presented Connecting Children with World Heritage, a program that gives children visiting the Festival the opportunity to explore the significance of the World Heritage designation of the Rideau Canal. The program focuses on two principles of the World Heritage Convention – promotion of heritage and cultural landmarks, and conservation and preservation of those sites.

    There will also be tons of fun crafts and activities for children of all ages!

Face Painting
  • All Day

  • Face painters will be on the site to add a touch of colour to children attending our festival!

Colonel By Stage
  • Sunny Shenanigans

  • 12:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:30pm

  • Donna Bourgeault is a puppeteer, story teller, and performer. She specializes in interactive shows using mask, puppets, costumes, song and dance. She designs and creates her own puppets as well as writes script for shows.

  • All shows are visually stimulating, colourful and a delight to watch.

  • Venture into a Thrifty Escapade Show:

  • This show will remind us all of what a wonderful world we live in and how to keep Mother Earth Safe. Using recycled or reused materials to create the puppets, sets and costumes, this show will be all about how to keep our planet alive and well for the next generation. Using songs and stories about the planet and how we can protect it.

  • This will be an interactive show full of fun and laughter! This show will be for Children of all ages.



  • Otesha Project

  • 12:00pm – 3:00pm

  • Otesha Project to offer shows about the environment. The shows will be educational to the public in a fun and engaging way!



  • Bytown Highlander Dance

  • 11:30pm – 11:45am

  • Come watch these wonderful Scottish Dancers as they gracefully do traditional Scottish dances such as the Sword Dance & Scottish Lilt amongst others!

Canadian Stone Carving Exhibit
  • All Day

  • Stone carvers from Canada and the U.S. will descend on the lower locks of the Rideau Canal between the beautiful Chateau Laurier and the majestic East Block of Parliament Hill to create works of art in stone. Using only traditional hand tools, 30 craftsmen and craftswomen will carve blocks of Indiana limestone in full public view. Now in its third year, this event will inspire and educate for two full days, August 4th and 5th. The finished carvings will be auctioned to the public under the Sapper’s bridge at 1:00 pm Sunday August 6th. Meet the carvers and learn about the historic craft that built our Nation's greatest buildings. Try your hand at it at our demonstration table.

Heritage Couples
  • All Day

  • Have your picture taken with fully costumed heritage couples from the five builder nations of the Rideau Canal. See if you can spot the Irish, Scottish, English, French and first nations characters walking through the Bytown location.

Rideau Heritage Stage
  • Huntley Slim

  • 11:00am – 2:00pm

  • On the surface, Huntley Slim may appear very similar to many other bluegrass and old time bands. But, their DIY ethic and energetic live shows revive a tradition not often heard in music today.

  • With a straightforward approach to the creation and execution of their music, Huntley Slim focuses on writing what they know. Mining the collective minds of three distinct songwriters, the band's sound is as varied as their influences

Heritage Walking Tours
  • 2:00pm – 3:30pm

  • "Please meet half an hour prior to the tour start time at the Lockmaster´s House"

  • English Tour: Hear the story of the architects and engineers and the history of important structures, beginning at the historic Lockmaster's house, the tour explores the Alexandra Bridge, Bytown Museum, Chateau Laurier, Government Conference Centre, National Arts Centre, National Defence HQ, Laurier Bridge, Drill Hall, and Lisgar Collegiate.

  • Tour guide David Jeanes is a retired professional engineer and vice president of Heritage Ottawa. As president of public transport advocacy group Transport Action, he has a long-standing interest in the transportation history of the canal corridor. He has researched, written and lectured about many of the structures on the tour.

  • French Tour: The Rideau Canal borders the western edge of the University of Ottawa campus and is considered one of the world' most remarkable examples of 19th-century engineering prowess. What's more, the canal still works exactly as it did 175 years ago when it was inaugurated by Colonel John By, the royal engineer who headed its construction. A campus building is named after Colonel By.

  • Tour Guide Michel Prévost is the University of Ottawa's chief archivist and the president of the Société d’histoire de l’Outaouais. The Rideau Canal holds a special place in his heart, and he regularly gives guided tours of this historic man-made water link between Kingston and Ottawa.

Ceili on the Canal
  • 2:00pm – 5:00pm

  • This will be a fun filled 3 hour program on Saturday filled with Irish dancing, performances and an open microphone for anyone who wants to get up and have a sing along!

Aim for Zero Centre
  • All Day. Otesha Project is between 12:00pm – 2:00pm

  • The AIM FOR ZERO tent presents Otesha Project to offer shows about the environment. The shows will be educational to the public in a fun and engaging way!

  • In the tent there will be a place for the public to write their ideas of how they will personally eliminate waste and these colorful responses will be hung up in the tent for all to see. City of Ottawa will also be setting up a booth to bring awareness to the public regarding conservation & ways to eliminate waste.

The Rideau Canal 180th Birthday Team
  • 1:00pm – 4:00pm

  • A birthday team with from the local group Orbital Talent will have cupcakes, balloons, stilt walking, penny farthing bicycle riding and more will animate the entire area with this roaming instant birthday party! With a special happy birthday wish for all the attendees of the 180th Birthday Bash of the Rideau Canal

Tea Tasting
  • All Day

  • KIMICHA Tea is proud to have won first place in the North American tea Championship for Black Teas.

Waterway Soundfaire presented by Chamberfest
  • 2:00pm – 5:00pm

  • What do you get when you combine two great festivals? - An afternoon of awesome interactive musical encounters presented by the Ottawa Chamberfest and Rideau Canal Festivals. Participants young and old will enjoy lively musical performances and the opportunity to make their own music on everything from violins, video screens, rattles, drums and even kitchen sinks!