Lots To See And Do
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What To Do
- IGNITE 150
What: Events will appear across the capital, with the only tipoff coming from app alerts and social media. Expect the unexpected, but hints so far involve yoga on a barge and modern dance in a fountain. Download the app (called Ottawa 2017) for details.
WHAT: Dozens of living sculptures will take the shape of things like galloping horses, a grand piano and Mother Earth’s giant head with flowing hair in this garden-gonewild at Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau, Que.
WHEN: July 1 to Oct. 15
WHAT: Tickets sold out months ago, but there will be some available with hotel packages if you want to dine alfresco on the Alexandra Bridge, which links Ontario and Quebec and will be carpeted in fresh grass for the event.
WHEN: July 2
COST: Prices vary depending on the package
WHAT: Details about this multimedia experience are few, but we do know it will take place in Lyon Station, one of the new light rail transit (LRT) stations that will open officially in 2018. This production was created by Moment Factory and runs for 10 weeks.
WHEN: End of June to September
- LA MACHINE
WHAT: This urban theatre from France makes its North American debut when the company’s large-scale machines—a fire-breathing dragon and giant spider—roam the streets of downtown Ottawa.
WHEN: July 26 to 30
- MAGNIFICENCE OF CHAUDIÈRE FALLS
WHAT: Held at an important Algonquin site, this show features a light and ambient sound display designed to illuminate the falls and celebrate Canada’s indigenous presence.
WHEN: Late September to early November
Where To Eat
The city’s dining scene shows no sign of slowing down with new openings and steadfast favourites. Consider these noteworthy picks on your next visit. Click on the restaurant name to visit their website.
Expect an easy atmosphere and upscale Middle Eastern food by Fairouz’s young executive chef, Walid El-Tawel. Mains include sumac chicken served with bam dates and chili relish. Pomegranate molasses-infused drinks and desserts such as Turkish coffee tart maintain the theme.
- COCONUT LAGOON
Chef and owner Joe Thottungal has Ottawa talking about his unique South Indian restaurant, which, while a little out-of-the-way, is worth the Uber. The dinner menu features items such as crispy lentil doughnuts, spicy vegetable uthappam and Kovallam lobster masala.
- FEAST + REVEL
Andaz chef Stephen La Salle finds inspiration in what he calls a new Canadian menu. Think soft bannock, elk ribs and apple feuille cake that combines crunchy almonds and apples with a wave of cream. The menu also crisscrosses the country with dishes such as a bouillabaisse that includes B.C. halibut and P.E.I. mussels.
A second restaurant from the creators of Town—a popular Italian-focused eatery located around the corner— Citizen features some of the signature dishes Town is known for, along with snacks and a lineup of bottled beer. Dinner options include lamb lasagna and scallop crudo. While a web site for Citizen Hasn’t been published yet, we have provided the link to their TOWN restaurant.
- BAR LAUREL
Named after a tapas street in northern Spain, this is chef Jon Svazas’ second restaurant (after Fauna on Bank Street) and pays homage to Basque country with small bites and bigger shareable plates such as sardines served with fire-roasted cherry tomatoes or roasted chicken with creamy polenta and salsa rosa
Manotick is a community in Rideau-Goulbourn Ward in the rural south part of the City of Ottawa. It is a suburb of the city, located on the Rideau River, immediately south of the suburbs Barrhaven and Riverside South, about 25 km (16 mi) from downtown Ottawa.
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