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The Aberdeen Pavilion, 1903.
The Aberdeen Pavilion, 1903. William James Topley/LAC, PA-008938.

Celebrate the Historic Aberdeen Pavilion

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On Saturday, July 2, 2022, the City of Ottawa, in collaboration with the Central Canada Exhibition Association, will host a community festival at Lansdowne Park to celebrate 30 years since Ottawa City Council resolved to restore the Aberdeen Pavilion.

The Aberdeen Heritage Festival will kick off at 9:30 am with an opening ceremony in the Aberdeen Pavilion, followed by exciting activities throughout the day. This includes:

  • Local live entertainment and archival exhibits
  • Buskers, Ottawa Farmers Market, 613flea and petting zoo
  • Vintage vehicle displays
  • Local food vendors, trucks and Lansdowne restaurants
  • Ottawa REDBLACKS, Ottawa 67’s and Ottawa BlackJacks Fun Zone and Ottawa Senators Experience

For more information on the festival’s activities and site information, visit the Aberdeen Heritage Festival webpage on ottawa.ca.


The Aberdeen Pavilion was built in 1898 and served as the central exhibition hall for the Central Canada Exhibition until it closed for public use in 1987. On July 2, 1992, Ottawa City Council passed a resolution, put forth by then Councillor Jim Watson and former Councillor Peter Hume, to invest in the building’s restoration and reopen it to public use.

Since the passing of the resolution, the Aberdeen Pavilion and Lansdowne Park have been revitalized and transformed into an integral part of the city where residents and visitors go to live, work, and play.

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