Picnic-goers welcomed to Canada’s first Interprovincial Picnic on the Bridge
Ottawa – Today, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, the Ottawa 2017 Bureau in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, and Gatineau 2017 are delighted to welcome thousands of picnic-goers to Canada’s first Interprovincial Picnic on the Bridge.
Hundreds of participants at each of the four sittings will break bread together on the Alexandra Bridge throughout the day. After undergoing an overnight transformation, the iconic steel truss structure that spans the Ottawa River between Ontario and Quebec has been transformed into a grassy haven for this special event celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary.
Sod for this project is graciously donated by Manderley Turf Products Inc, a Canadian leader in lawn and garden products. Following the event, the sod will be donated to local community organizations. Of the 12,000 square feet used, 8,000 will be redistributed to a Habitat for Humanity site in Carleton Place and 4,000 will be redistributed to four separate Ottawa Community Housing sites.
Picnic on the Bridge was conceived by Ottawa 2017 to celebrate the unification of Upper and Lower Canada, connected by the Ottawa River, a waterway that is significant to Indigenous culture. It is just one of hundreds of memorable events taking place in the National Capital Region during a year of celebration to mark this important milestone for our country.
“I am delighted to join Premier Couillard, Mayor Pedneaud-Jobin, Mayor Watson and people from Ottawa, Gatineau and across Canada for this historic gathering. Celebrating our country’s and our provinces’ 150th anniversaries on a bridge that symbolizes our connection and close friendship allows us to reflect on everything we have accomplished together. The deep and longstanding relationship between Ontario and Québec is important to both provinces and I am eager to continue collaborating and sharing ideas to build on that strong partnership.”
–– Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
“In this year of the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Federation it marks a good opportunity to come together and underline the links that have united Québec and Ontario for a long time. Whether it be economic, social, environmental or cultural policies our unique historical partnership has helped Canada progress. We celebrate today the success of the past and our shared future together. Our nation moves forward when we build bridges with our partners. The characteristics of our unique partnership is part of the foundation of a pact signed 150 years ago that gave birth to the Canadian Federation. It is this history and the shared vision for a future that is even better that we would like to share with our partners in the Canadian Federation.”
–– Philippe Couillard, Premier of Quebec
“The Interprovincial Picnic on the Bridge on July 2 is one of the great activities taking place in Canada’s Capital Region to celebrate Canada 150. Pack your picnic basket and get ready to dine on the historic Alexandra Bridge over the Ottawa River!”
–– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
“As the nation’s capital, we’re proud to bring Canadians together for a full year of celebration in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. Unique experiences like Picnic on the Bridge will create lasting memories for residents and visitors of this once-in-a-lifetime commemoration.”
–– Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa
“This great interprovincial picnic is the first event that was announced for the 150th celebrations in the region (Nov. 2, 2015). We’ve been waiting for a long time! It is a unifying project that demonstrates how, when our two cities work together, the entire population benefits, whether it is for transportation, tourism development or entertainment.”
–– Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, Mayor of Gatineau
“CIBC is excited to be part of Picnic on the Bridge, an incredibly unique experience that will unite Canadians like never before. Transforming the Alexandra Bridge into a community picnic will serve as a great follow-up to Canada Day celebrations.”
–– Monique Giroux, Vice President, Sponsorships, Communications and Public Affairs, CIBC
“One of the objectives of Ottawa 2017 is to showcase the best of our capital city with magnificent visuals that will be shared around the globe, reinforcing on the world stage the positive image of Ottawa – the number one place to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial this year.
–– Guy Laflamme, Executive Director and Producer, Ottawa 2017
“This meeting between the two provinces, on one of the bridges that binds us, is an excellent nod to the relations that we are developing more and more between the Outaouais and Ottawa. It is also an opportunity for us to discover the producers of the Outaouais thanks to the gourmet lane installed on the edge of the bridge on July 2, a partnership between the Outaouais Agri-Food Table, Gatineau 2017 and Tourisme Outaouais.”
–– Manuela Teixeira, Chair of the Board of Tourism Outaouais and Co-Chair of the Gatineau 2017 Committee
Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario (www.ontario.ca/150 #ontario150) and the Government of Canada (www.canada.ca/150/150 #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.
The Interprovincial Picnic on the Bridge is presented in collaboration with:
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Denise LeBlanc – Manager, Media Relations