Daily Highlights

March 3 - Ottawa

Ottawa, Ontario

Founded in 1855, Ottawa is the capital of Canada and is located on the banks of the Ottawa, Rideau and Gatineau rivers. Canada’s fourth-largest city is a complementary blend of urban and rural lifestyles, old and new neighbourhoods, culture and heritage and business and government. Ottawa also has a high standard of living reflected in a multitude of accessible services, vibrant entertainment, exciting recreational activities and thriving businesses. A family-oriented city that gives back to the community, Ottawa offers a quality of life that is second to none. This includes world-class healthcare facilities, family services, high-quality public and private education and a variety of post-secondary institutions.

Residents also enjoy enriching cultural and historical choices such as museums, art galleries and cultural facilities. Ottawa’s entertainment options — for both visitors and residents alike — are as varied as the community itself, ranging from fine dining, festivals, sporting events and attractions that celebrate the richness and diversity of this great city. The abundance of over 800 well-maintained parks, woodlands and recreational paths stand as a testament to the city’s commitment to the environment and to connect urban, suburban and rural residents to its vast green space. Ottawa’s focus on healthy living is also represented in a rich array of recreational facilities and programs like summer camps, tennis, public skating and swimming.

Celebration Plans
The Paralympic Torch Relay will begin its 10-day journey with a Lighting Ceremony in Canada’s capital — Ottawa — taking place on Parliament Hill at 10:00 am. Thirteen torchbearers, chosen by each province and territory, will carry the Paralympic Flame, reflecting the country’s full participation in the relay.

During a special Lighting Ceremony taking place on Victoria Island, the Paralympic Flame will be lit by members of the local First Nations communities of the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn and Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg. The event will end at 11:00 pm.

Read more about the Lighting Ceremony.

Please note — the exact time of each community celebration is approximate and is subject to change.

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