Welcoming Ottawa Week (WOW) is an annual festival of arts, cultural, sports and other activities that celebrate the city’s diversity and the contributions of the many newcomers who have made Ottawa home.
This year’s WOW includes more than 75 free activities across the city from Monday, Jun. 18-Saturday, Jun. 30, 2018. They include photo exhibits, soccer and basketball tournaments, a community picnic, a barbecue and bike fest, the design of a community mural, “myth-busting” events about immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, and several multicultural celebrations. The Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival and the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival are also participating.
Other events of note:
- A series of 12 Immigrant Heritage Walking Tours, led by knowledgeable local residents, exploring the contributions of newcomers to the social, cultural, economic and built environments of Chinatown, Little Italy, Lowertown West, Lowertown East and Vanier (register for the walks online);
- Two Indigenous walking tours, examining Ottawa’s landscapes, architecture, art and monuments from an Indigenous perspective;
- A screening of Refugees of the Blue Planet, a film about people around the world who are displaced due to environmental change;
- A healthy walk with Francophone newcomers;
- A walk, nature talks and photo scavenger hunt at the Beaver Pond in Kanata;
- A gathering for youth of different origins, “Wakanda,” with sports, arts and cultural activities.
Check out the WOW calendar for more events.
With one in four Ottawa residents having been born outside Canada, it’s more important than ever to embrace our diversity and get to know each other.
WOW is organized by the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership in collaboration with 50+ partners across the city.