Archive for the ‘Tourism’ Category

Festival Folds On Day Of Economic Future Speech

- October 31st, 2012

On the day that Mayor Jim Watson delivers an economic speech that stresses the importance of tourism to the city, this happens:

News Release
For Immediate release

Rideau Canal Festival Suspended

OTTAWA (October 31, 2012) After five challenging years, the Board of Directors of the Rideau Canal Festival has decided to suspend the festival.

The decision was made in light of the decreasing funding from the federal government and the City of Ottawa as well as the lack of a major corporate sponsor. This, coupled with the difficulties in generating corporate sponsors in the current tough economic times has led to this decision.

“We strongly believe that this UNESCO World Heritage site, the only one in Ontario, is worthy of celebrating but unfortunately the funding reductions make it simply unsustainable,” said Richard Patten, Chair of the festival’s Board of Directors.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the volunteers, staff, board members, heritage organizations and mostly the hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors who enjoyed the festival in the last five years,” said Patten.

The Rideau Canal is one of Ottawa’s most historic and famous attractions. In 2007 it became Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site. The first Rideau Canal Festival was launched in 2008 during the August long weekend driven by the community’s desire to celebrate its World Heritage site designation. More than 500,000 people enjoyed the festival over the past five years.

Sparks St. Trash For Tourists

- July 19th, 2011

I had some family in Ottawa this week and last night we checked out the new Mosaika sound and light show at the Parliament Buildings. Hundreds of people sat on the Hill to watch this spectacular 30-minute presentation.

We joined the crowd walking down Metcalfe St., turning down Sparks St.

Here’s a sample of what we saw (sorry about the quality):

I was a little surprised by the heaps of garbage all the way down Sparks St. I assumed Tuesday was garbage day (which it is), and although I get that people have to put their garbage somewhere to be collected, I have to wonder what tourists make of our fair city.

Every Monday night this summer, people leaving the Mosaika show at Parliament will stroll down historic Sparks St. and navigate large piles of trash.

City Hall under Mayor Jim Watson is big on promoting tourism right now.

I’m not so sure turning Sparks St. into a dump once a week helps.