Ottawa Bus Tour – “The Welsh Connection”

This year’s tour promises to be fascinating – definitely ‘not to be missed’. You will see many of the important historic sights of Ottawa but with special emphasis on Welsh settlers, personalities and connections. It will include a stop to tour Rideau Hall, official residence of Canada’s Governors General, two of whom have interesting Welsh connections.

The tour material has been extensively researched by David Jeanes, past president of Heritage Ottawa and a member of the Ottawa Welsh Society executive, whose family came from South Wales and who has spent much time throughout Wales learning about his roots. David will be our guide and he is sure to impart a wealth of information about the important role the Welsh have played in the history of Ottawa.

The tour will depart from the hotel at 9:30 a.m. sharp and will end at 12:30p.mWe ask that you meet in the lobby of the hotel at 9:15 a.m. so we can depart promptly. Tickets for the tour are $25 each and non-refundable. Please order when registering. Note that space is limited according to the capacity of the bus and available on a first come first served basis so order early to avoid disappointment!

Welcome Tea – Tê Croeso

There will be a warm welcome awaiting you on Friday afternoon in the Tea Room.  Enjoy a complimentary cup of tea with welsh cakes and bara brith as you catch up with old friends. Our festival harpist, Mary Muckle will be there to serenade us. The tearoom will be open between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m.  Donations toward the costs of the tea are welcome.

 The Market PlaceY Farchnad

The market place will be open on Friday from 2:00 -5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Here you will find a variety of items to purchase.

Noson Lawen

On Friday evening at 7:30 p.m., things liven up with our Noson Lawen. Your participation in the Noson Lawen is welcomed and encouraged.  The Noson Lawen will be held at the First Baptist Chapel, 140, Laurier Ave West.  Please contact Betty Cullingworth at nosonlawen@ontariowelshfestival.ca if you are interested in taking part.  Following the Noson Lawen will be the Afterglow with a chance to share some cheer and join in with a sing-along around the piano.