2022 Canada Day occasion to maneuver from Parliament Hill

On-going building work on Parliament Hill will lead this 12 months’s Canada Day celebrations to Lebreton Flats in Ottawa, about 1.5 kilometers to the west, Canadian Heritage has introduced.

Parliament Hill final hosted a Nationwide Canada Day occasion in 2019, earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then a significant rehabilitation of Middle Block has decreased the quantity of area obtainable for public occasions on the in depth lawns in entrance of the Parliament Buildings.

Development work is underway on a big a part of Parliament Hill Garden. The same scene was seen on Monday morning. (Authorities of Canada)

In an electronic mail on Monday, Canadian Heritage stated transferring the occasion away from Hill “will permit extra individuals to take part in Canada Day actions.”

The afternoon and night reveals on July 1 will happen in Lebreton Flats Park in entrance of the Canadian Battle Museum, with a view of the Peace Tower within the background. Lower than per week later, the identical venue will host the Ottawa Bluesfest for the primary time since 2019.

Canadian Heritage stated the Place des Festivals Jiby, throughout the Lebreton Flats to Chaudier and Portage Bridge, will host family-friendly occasions on July 1. The venue has hosted the Cirque du Soleil present and the drive-in version of the 2020 Bluesfest.

Parliament Hill will nonetheless host “some actions” and Canadian Heritage is promising extra particulars about this 12 months’s Canada Day occasions.

Ottawa Bluesfest primary stage at Lebreton Flats in 2017. (CBC)

Organizers had initially deliberate to maneuver the pageant to Hill beginning in 2020, however the pandemic pressured it on-line. Most Canada Day occasions in 2020 and 2021 have been held nearly.

Final 12 months, downtown Ottawa lined up to participate within the Cancel Canada Day rally, urging Canadians to rethink patriotic celebrations in gentle of the invention of graves at former residential college websites.

Metropolis officers have requested the Auditor Common of Ottawa to evaluation the response to the Independence Convoy seize this winter and attempt to put together any consequential suggestions in time for July 1.

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