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Sunday, August 5, 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
  • 11:30am – 3:30pm

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

Colonel By Stage

  • 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.


  • 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!

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

  • 11:00am, 2:00pm and 4:00pm

  • Chris has captivated crowds from university students to legionnaires, with a collection of songs that range from current top 40 rock hits, to Scottish ballads. While tending to focus on a fast-paced mix of rock and modern Celtic favorites, Chris is always up to the challenge of satisfying the request of any crowd. Look for Chris at the Rideau Canal Festival!

  • Marie-Josee Houle

  • 12:00pm and 3:00pm

  • Born in Val d‘Or, Quebec and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Marie-Josée Houle celebrates her dual cultural roots through singing and writing in both English and French. She combines her classical, punk rock, and French cabaret sensibilities into one sultry stew of sound.

  • Look for her at on the Rideau Heritage Stage during the festival!

Gaelic Unplugged
  • 11:00am – 12:30pm under Sapper's Bridge

  • Gaelic Unplugged give the audience a chance to participate in a "jamming session" with our performers. This program will take place on our stage and under Sappers Bridge and the audience is encouraged to get up and participate whether it’s to play an instrument or kick off their shoes and doing a little dancing!

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
  • 12:00pm – 3:00pm

  • 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

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.

China's Gift to the Rideau Canal's 180th birthday
  • 2:00pm – 5:00pm

  • This year we are pleased to be working with the Embassy of China to present China’s Salute to the Rideau Canal. The City of Ottawa and Beijing are Twin Cities and each is fortunate to have a World Heritage Site.

  • The “salute” will feature over 20 performers from China including acrobats, a children’s choir and Chinese opera face painting. It is a great way to celebrate our World Heritage status and heighten public awareness of the importance of these sites around the world.