Canada Day celebration in Ottawa moving off Parliament Hill

By Cormac Mac Sweeney

The return of in-person national Canada Day celebrations in the country’s capital will look a little different this year.

Canadian Heritage is moving the official event from the traditional site of Parliament Hill to LeBreton Flats, which is just west of Ottawa’s downtown core and is usually used for major music festivals.

There will be some activities on Parliament Hill, as well as a festival site in Gatineau, Que., but the full program for the celebration will be announced in the weeks ahead.

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The reason for the switch, according to the statement, is construction taking place on the front lawn due to the rehabilitation of Centre Block.

However, CityNews previously reported city officials and federal organizers are aware of discussions among some convoy protesters of possibly holding another demonstration to disrupt Canada Day festivities.

There were virtual celebrations for the last two Canada Days, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Parliament Hill has been the site of the national celebration for more than 50 years.

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