Take a Bootleg Boat Cruise or Walk on the Wild Side in rural Ottawa

Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to announce two new Agri 150 experiences, both of which demonstrate innovative ways of showcasing Ottawa’s rural food and farming assets. Tickets for the Bootleg Boat Cruise and Walk on the Wild Side will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 13.

Bootleg Boat Cruise

Friday, May 26, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (English only)

Friday, June 9, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (French only)

Quai des Artistes dock: across from 799 Jacques-Cartier, Gatineau

This farm to table experience, prepared by renowned local chef Michael Blackie and his team, will feature a unique 12-course tasting menu that tells the story of taboo and illegal food and drink over 150 years in Canada.

All food on the boat will in fact be legal and will highlight regional products from Savour Ottawa and Croquez l’Outaouais. Chef Blackie and Emcee/Comedian Denis Grignon will take guests on a culinary excursion that invites questions on our food culture, with stories that shed light on why certain foods were banned or taboo over the years, and our present-day food landscape.

This exceptional gastronomical experience will take place aboard the Ottawa River Queen and includes live jazz music by the Petr Cancura band, who will perform Canadian favourites from over the decades.

Tickets for the Bootleg Boat Cruise are $200 (plus tax and service charges), which includes two drinks (either alcoholic or non-alcoholic).

Presented in collaboration with Ottawa Boat Cruise.


Walk on the Wild Side

Saturday, May 13

First Tour: 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (English only)

Second Tour: 12:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. (Bilingual)

Transportation will depart from west Ottawa. Exact details will be communicated 2 weeks prior.

This 4-stop food tour will take participants through rural Ottawa to reconnect with the wild ways we source some of our favourite foods: herbs, medicinal plants, maple syrup and honey.

Stop #1 – The Herb Garden 

Discover seasonal edible plants and foraging practices during a short forest walk with host Amber Westfall, Herbalist and owner of Wild Garden. Savour the first tour tastes while listening to a local folk band inside the 200-year-old picturesque barn.

Stop #2 – Gees Bees Honey Company

Learn from Matt and Marianne Gee, who will explain the history of beekeeping and the many medicinal and culinary uses for honey, while you get up close to a beehive to see how the honey is made, all while enjoying honey and wax samples.

Stop #3 – Lip Balm Workshop with Radical Homestead

Convert your recent learning on bees and their products into a tangible product of your own.  Enjoy a multi-media presentation while snacking on a unique flavour of ice cream made especially for this tour.

Stop #4 – Maple Syrup and Seeds with Aster Lane Edibles

Learn the details of maple tree production and unique properties of maple sap, all while sampling it through the different stages of production.  Owner Telsing Andrews will conduct a tour of her plant nursery and seed production facility, offering inspiration for your own gardens.

Tickets for Walk on the Wild Side are $80 (plus tax and service charges), which includes round-trip transportation from Ottawa’s west end.


To purchase tickets, visit Ottawa2017.ca.


Agri 150 is an Ottawa 2017 program stewarded by Just Food to boost rural tourism during the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday in the nation’s capital and for years to come. More than 20 unique events will take place over the course of the year to allow people to discover Ottawa’s rural communities in all four seasons, and enhance their knowledge and appreciation of rural resources, while enjoying rejuvenating adventures.

Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations offers Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

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 #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.


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Ottawa 2017

Denise LeBlanc – Manager, Media Relations

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