Ottawa and Canada featured in the New York Times travel section


Just one of many accolades as Canada’s 150th birthday year arrives

OTTAWA, January 10, 2017— A “36 hours in Ottawa” feature appeared in the New York Times travel section on January 8, 2017 just days after the Times named Canada the #1 place on the planet to visit in 2017 and specifically included a link to Ottawa 2017-related events.

This recognition joins a long list of recent accolades from other prominent travel media around the world:

  • Lonely Planet named Canada the #1 place to visit world-wide in 2017, highlighting Ottawa as “the biggest party”
  • named two #1s as the best places to visit in Canada in 2017: Ottawa and Montréal (and suggested people road-trip between them)
  • The Globe and Mail ran a piece about Ottawa staking its claim as Canada’s 150th birthday party headquarters
  • WestJet magazine named Ottawa the #1 place to visit in the world in 2017
  • Maclean’s highlighted interesting ways to celebrate Canada’s 150th across the country, including Ottawa’s Picnic on the Bridge July 2
  • The Chicago Tribune raved about Ottawa’s plans for 2017 in a piece that appeared in several other U.S. publications
  • Australian Traveller magazine named the hottest countries to visit in 2017, including Canada, with a focus on Ottawa


For a full breakdown of Ottawa 2017 events, and to access relevant images and videos, visit or reach out to the contacts below.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson notes, “I couldn’t be prouder of Ottawa, as it continues to take the lead in celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday and attracting visitors from around the world. Our local tourism industry is setting the standard for the country, and this will keep paying off in years to come.”

“This is a perfect way to kick off Canada’s birthday year,” said David F. Goldstein, Destination Canada’s President and CEO, “We can’t think of a better way to highlight some of the exciting things our country has to offer—from 2017 and beyond.”

“Coverage like this showcases Ottawa to audiences we couldn’t otherwise reach,” says Michael Crockatt, Ottawa Tourism’s President and CEO. “Having such trusted voices sing Ottawa’s praises reinforces what we’ve known all along: Ottawa is THE place to be in 2017.”

“We fully expect additional high-profile coverage as the Ottawa 2017 programming rolls out over the coming months,” says Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau. “From Red Bull Crashed Ice and the Junos to La Machine and Kontinuum, there will be many ‘wow’ moments throughout 2017.”


About Ottawa Tourism

Ottawa Tourism provides destination development and marketing, strategic direction, and leadership in cooperation with members and partners to service the travel media and attract visitors, tours and conventions to Ottawa and Canada’s Capital Region. Its vision is to offer the complete capital experience, telling the story of Canada and getting people talking.

About Ottawa 2017

Ottawa 2017 is a not-for-profit organization tasked with making Ottawa the hub of Canada’s 150th celebration, by creating 12 full months of big, bold, immersive and moving experiences and events. Large scale events will animate the entire city, while community celebrations will enliven our neighbourhoods. Ottawa 2017 is supported by a growing community of partners at the local, regional and national levels.


For more information, please contact:

Jantine Van Kregten                                                      

Director of Communications

Ottawa Tourism                                                               

613-237-5150, ext. 116

[email protected]


Denise LeBlanc
Manager, Media Relations

Ottawa 2017


[email protected]