Ottawa's big year to celebrate

January 2017

Happy 2017!

We've been counting down the months for what feels like ages, and now it's here: Canada's 150th birthday year. And what a year it promises to be!

The formal schedule of events is packed, with big names, big ideas and big parties. But just as important are all the small ways that Canadians have thought of to celebrate this special year. Ottawa will see more than its share of special activities, and more than a normal number of visitors. We are all in for a treat.

I'll be participating in a lot of big, official activities, and plenty of smaller, local ones too. But my special project for Canada's 150th involves promoting Ottawa as a great place to cycle, whether for local residents exploring the region, for tourists getting beyond the main sightseeing attractions, or for people who choose to come here just for the biking.

The City of Ottawa has just produced a series of 15 suggested cycle routes, complete with maps and a host of helpful information. My "15 Capital Rides for Canada's 150th" project involves riding one of the routes each week, and telling everyone about it. Better yet, I'll be inviting guests and accepting suggestions for what to enjoy along the way — all the best eats, pubs, views, music and more in the Ottawa area.