Heritage festivals allow humans to revel in their countrymen's collective accomplishments, from historical high-fives to Olympic three-legged-race victories. Celebrate local pride with today's Groupon: for $10, you get a five-day festival passport to the Rideau Canal Festival from July 28 through August 1 (a $20 value). This passport grants Groupon users festival access; some activities may require an additional fee.
Celebrating the history and environmental efforts of a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Rideau Canal Festival immerses visitors in five days of performances, exhibits, and events. Festival passports grant guided walking tours from professional scholar David Jeanes, who takes sightseers under the massive Victorian-era architecture and discloses a colourful history of the canal's famed architects, engineers, and water conjurers. Passport holders also receive free admission to the Bytown Museum, bike rental for two hours, half-price shuttle services, and 25 per cent off dock-exploration opportunities via paddleboat, Voyager canoe, or kayak. Visitors can contribute to canal history by adopting and placing their name on a designated metre of bankside. The festival schedule proclaims ongoing activities, special events, and panoramic embroidery opportunities at Confederation Park's Canal Art installations and the Bytown Museum and Ottawa Locks.
Dows Lake Pavilion sates both taste buds and toes with evening dining and dancing, as well as a fireworks show on the festival's final evening. Rock, folk, classical, and children's musicians embrace ears with harmonic hugs during the World Heritage Concerts series. Visitors can sample organic and local fare at the Energy Ottawa Ecosphere Environmental Fair, or head to the Colonel By Day Bistro for beer, wine, and treats from local vendors.
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