Ottawa 2017


May 20 – September 4

Open daily from noon to 8 p.m.

This Summer @ Inspiration Village

Surprising challenges, friendly competitions and fun workshops will animate the entire Village while inspirational guest speakers and an eclectic line-up of talented performers will take the stage.



St-Jean-Baptiste | June 24  | from noon to 8 p.m.

We’re celebrating Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day at Inspiration Village! Come enjoy musical and theatrical performances that include French artists that will allow you to discover the origins of the Quebec’s culture through music and storytelling.

Canada Day | July 1 | from noon to 11 p.m.

Stop by Inspiration Village on Canada Day where we will be celebrating Canada’s 150th  with special activities and performances for the whole family. Don’t miss a red and white inspired musical rendition by Groovy Little Orchestra who will perform some of the top Canadian songs. Christopher, Josée and Lexie from Mini TFO will also be on-site to entertain little ones with songs, stories and games.



Every Saturday | from noon to 5 p.m.

Take part in an array of activities that will challenge your mind and body, and harness your creativity.

Head in the Clouds: Recycled Paper Airplane Workshops | June 17 and 18

Engineers will be on hand to help young and old alike build fantastic flying racers and get them excited about aeronautics. With the help of a launch pad, we will host a friendly competition to see whose aircraft is most accurate, can travel the farthest and can go the highest. Great prizes to be won!


Ready for Takeoff: Drone Flying Competitions and Workshops | July and August

Get ready to soar above Inspiration Village as you learn to manipulate a drone during agility and precision flying courses for all ages. Already an expert, then show us what you’ve got during a friendly competition. Who knows, you might just take on the next Chris Hadfield or Robert Piché.

Beat the Pros | July and August

Take part in a series of activities and friendly competitions where you can meet inspiring individuals, including top Canadian athletes and test your skills against amateur competitors and pros in a fun environment.



Saturdays and Sundays | from noon to 5 p.m.

Awaken your family’s love of science, music and more during fun filled activities for all ages.

The Great ByWard Market Mystery | June 25 and July 2

Geo back to your Canadian roots and join in an interactive scavenger hunt across Inspiration Village and the ByWard Market. Participants will need to use creativity, knowledge and teamwork to decipher clues that will help them to solve the final mystery.

Architect for the Day | July and August

Don’t miss this monumental building block competition! Participants of all ages will need to use their ingenuity and creativity as they take on astounding challenges on the spot. Plenty of fun for the whole family and amazing prizes to be won!

Feel the Rhythm of the Drums | July and August

Feel the rhythm of drums and percussions and move to their captivating beat during high energy performances under the summer sun. Plus, build your very own instrument during a drum-making workshop and release your inner musician.



Thursdays | from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Get active and learn about healthy lifestyles at Inspiration Village.

Piyo Live and Insanity Live | June 22 and 29

Grab your sneakers and a towel and get moving at Inspiration Village with this mix class of Piyo Live, a low impact, high intensity results workout and the infamous Insanity Live.

Spinning Experience | July and August

Start pedaling! We’re transforming the Village into a giant outdoor spinning class. We supply the bikes, you supply the get-up-and-go!



Fridays | from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate and pay tribute to everything Canadian and broaden your horizons.

CANADA 3, 2, 1 FLY AWAY, presented by Porter

June 16, 23 and 30 | July 7, 14, 21 and 30 | August 4, 11, 18, 25

Pack a bag and join us for an exciting evening where you could be whisked away to a surprise Canadian Porter destination. Enjoy mocktails, a live DJ and games as you wait to find out if you’re the lucky winner. Just bring your suitcase and your smile and we’ll take care of the rest.

Circus Under the Sails | July and August

Come applaud talented acrobats and street performers under a sky full of multicoloured bubbles. Put your juggling skills to the test during special workshops on circus arts.



Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

2017 is all about celebrating Canada’s 150th and what’s a party without music?

Budding DJs | July and August

Take part in an introductory music production workshop for aspiring DJs and those who want to hone their skills. Topics will include creating remixes and sound mash-ups, as well as different sound mixing techniques.

Complimentary WI-FI coverage is available for visitors throughout Inspiration Village courtesy of our Premier National Partner, Bell.

About Inspiration Village

Inspiration Village: an ephemeral hub located in Ottawa’s historic ByWard Market.

A core site for Ottawa 2017 programming, this edgy-looking entertainment locale on York Street is the site of a succession of special exhibits and performing arts events, each one showcasing Canada’s provinces and territories.

In an unusual twist, Inspiration Village has been built out of sea containers transformed into an aesthetic artistic installation – a sustainable, cost-effective and flexible building material that is gaining interest around the world.

Inspiration Village is open daily from noon to 8 p.m. (until 11 p.m. on Canada Day) with exhibits, demonstrations and performances.

Parking in the ByWard Market

There are 3 000 parking spots available on the market and 8 000 parking spots available in the area.

Nearby parking locations include:

Other Alternatives to Access the market

  • OC Transpo is great way to get to the site, with many bus routes stopping on nearby Rideau Street or the Mackenzie King Transitway Station.
  • Additional bike racks have also been installed around Inspiration Village.