Join the party on New Year’s Eve

November 28 2016

What are you doing on December 31? If you have nothing lined up, you certainly will after you’ve read this post; and if you already have plans, you may want to change them!

On December 31, the Ottawa–Gatineau region will celebrate the kickoff of the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation! Canada’s National Capital Region will be livelier than ever as Canadians from across the country come together for the Canada 150 kickoff.

Take part in the free festivities on Parliament Hill and at the Canadian Museum of History. Be dazzled by the spectacular pyromusical fireworks show, dance to the rhythm of renowned Canadian artists, and when the clock strikes midnight, mark the start of a year of celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Confederation with an exceptional fireworks display. It’s a must in Ottawa–Gatineau—definitely an event you won’t want to miss!

Activities on Parliament Hill, Ottawa

Saturday, December 31, 7 p.m. to midnight

Join the party on Parliament Hill! Start your evening by attending a historic official ceremony. At 8:17 p.m. (20:17 on the 24-hour clock), watch the sky light up with a dazzling display of colourful fireworks accompanied by an immersive soundtrack, then warm up to the beat of the Canadian stars who will take the stage at this memorable event: Carly Rae Jepsen, Brett Kissel and Radio Radio will get the party going! Finally, at the stroke of midnight, another exceptional fireworks display will kick off the Canada 150 festivities. With fabulous entertainment in a spectacular setting, this promises to be a memorable night!


You can also watch the fireworks from Major’s Hill Park, located close to the Ottawa River and Parliament. The immersive soundtrack will also be broadcast in the park.

Activities at the Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau

Saturday, December 31, 7 p.m. to midnight

A festive gathering awaits you at the Canadian Museum of History! Join us outside the Museum to experience the excitement of the Canada 150 Kickoff festivities. The official ceremony on Parliament Hill and highlights from the artistic performances in Ottawa–Gatineau will be broadcast on a giant screen. This exceptional site also offers an exclusive view of the fireworks that will light up the sky over the National Capital Region at 8:17 p.m. (20:17 on the 24-hour clock). This is one event in Gatineau you won’t want to miss!


Special thanks to Manulife, exclusive sponsor of all this fantastic programming.

For full details of the New Year’s Eve activities, click here.