Journey back in time at Riverbank Rendez-vous Host Event

The Community Foundation of Ottawa is thrilled to be the host city for the 2017 Community Foundations Conference as the entire country prepares to celebrate our country’s sesquicentennial. You belong here in 2017 and we can’t wait to welcome you to gather, inspire and learn from one another in Canada’s capital city.

A highlight of the conference will be the 2017 Host Event, a Riverbank Rendez-vous taking place at the Canadian Museum of History on Friday, May 12. We’ll have the opportunity to celebrate Canada’s 150th in style along the banks of the Ottawa River, and take a trip together back in time. Our country’s rich history will come alive through the view from the eastern shore in Gatineau, Quebec overlooking Parliament Hill, and in the thrill of the always impressive and magnificent Grand Hall of the museum.

As the country’s most visited museum, the Canadian Museum of History is itself an architectural gem set on the picturesque banks of the Ottawa River. With the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles and exhibits that explore the traditions and achievements of Canada’s First Peoples, it delivers a rare glimpse into the events, experiences, people and objects that have shaped the nation’s history and present day.

With its curving six-story window wall and unrivaled view of Parliament Hill, the Grand Hall is one of the country’s most impressive indoor event spaces, and the museum’s architectural centrepiece. Here is where we’ll spend an evening to remember, taking the time to reconnect with old friends and discover new colleagues from around the world, while we share a few laughs and enjoy Indigenous and local entertainment, along with a sampling of Canadian food and beverage.

So, don’t miss this chance to mix, mingle and immerse yourself in early Canadian culture and history along the banks of the mighty Ottawa. We can’t wait to welcome you home!


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