The August Civic Holiday in 2010 was declared Colonel By Day in perpetuity by the City of Ottawa and celebrates Ottawa’s history and the building of the Rideau Canal under the direction of Lt. Colonel John By. It took place this year on August 1st on the grounds of the Bytown Museum beside the Ottawa locks.
There was heritage lace making, rug braiding, and musketry demonstrations, storytelling by local Ruthanne Edward, performances by the Ingleneuk Scottish Dancers, the Ottawa English Country Dance Club, and Chad Wolfe Stepdancers, music by Fiddleground and Heritage Hands Ottawa Drum Club, blacksmithing, professional face painting, tabletop exhibits from local heritage groups and museums, a Celtic Cross Commemoration Ceremony, costumed characters and historical theatre by Vintage Stock Theatre, and free admission to the Bytown Museum.
You’ll have to wait till August 6th, 2012 for the next Colonel By Day by the Bytown Museum is open year round.