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Published on : Friday, November 25, 2016
Jantine Van Kregten, Director of Communication, Ottawa, speaks exclusively to Travel And Tour World at WTM 2016. Read the full interview here:-
Travel And Tour World: It is going to be a massive year for Canada, as it would be celebrating 150 years as a country. What kind of huge things are scheduled for the capital city?
Jantine Van Kregten: We have an entire 12 months worth of celebrations. We are starting on New Year’s Eve 2016 and celebrating all the way to New Year’s Eve 2017. We have got cultural events, sporting events, new gallery and museum openings, something for everyone at the end.
Travel And Tour World: Can you give us some idea about the specific celebrations in different parts of the country?
Jantine Van Kregten: Sure. For example in March 2017 we are hosting the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship. It is contest between four ice skaters dressed like hockey players who come down the track with hills and jumps and hairpin turns. They are building the track over a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal. The photo-ops are going to be amazing. During the summer months we have a underground multimedia experience, like the transit tunnels which will be operational the year after in 2018, but it is a time travel experience where you have lighting effects that will make you travel you through time. That is a free event during the summer months. In November the Canadian Video Game Awards are happening. They are projecting images against buildings all throughout town. Among the sporting event we have the Grey Cup, which is the Canadian football league championship game. We have a Stanley Cup Tribute for hockey fans. In mid-March there is a big tribute to the Stanley Cup, which is the holy grail of hockey. In terms of legacy projects we have a new Arctic gallery opening at the Canadian Museum of Nature, a Canadian history hall at the Museum of History, the Canada Science and Technology Museum has been under the construction for the last three years, that will be inaugurated in November 2017. There are millions of options.
Travel And Tour World: Can you tell us what are the kind of attractions are there in Ottawa?
Jantine Van Kregten: As Ottawa is the capital, we reflect every bit about the country. We have the National Museums of Science and Technology, Agriculture and Food, Aviation and Space, War, Nature, the National Gallery, the Museum of History. We have quirky attractions like the Diefenbunker , which was named after our former Prime Minister Diefenbaker, during the Cold War. It is an underground four storey bunker. People go to live there for a month, now it is a museum, they also have an escape room component, kids have spy camp there. We have lots of festivals there. There’s the Blues Fest which has many multi faceted music festival which is held in July with top notch artists from around the world. W have the world’s largest Chamber Music Festival in mid July and early August. The Canadian Tulip Festival has been going on since 1953 in Ottawa. There are a lot of exciting food destinations too in Ottawa.