Spreading knowledge and awareness of Canadian history

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2024 Fair

Ottawa Regional Heritage Fair 2024

Thank you to the students for sharing their research with us all during the 2024 Ottawa Regional Heritage Fair that was held at the Canadian Museum of History on April 24.

We would also like to thank the teachers for their support and effort, our judges, our partners, our volunteers and our exhibitors who helped us to make this fair a great success.

It was a memorable moment for all who participated! Thank you.

What is the Ottawa Regional Heritage Fair?

The Ottawa Regional Heritage Fair (ORHF) is a bilingual non-profit organization dedicated to the history education of Canada’s young people. The fair is run entirely by volunteers. The ORHF works in partnership with educators, its partners, and volunteers, and with historical and heritage communities to host a bilingual fair that brings together youth from across the Ottawa Region. The fair engages students from three school boards across the Ottawa area, indigenous communities, and homeschoolers in the exploration of their local, regional, and national history, heritage, and culture. The ORHF is an educational initiative that encourages students from grades four to ten to explore an aspect of Canadian history and heritage in a dynamic and captivating learning environment. Teachers can use the Fair program to help meet their curriculum objectives.

How do they work?

On an annual basis, the ORHF hosts a one day bilingual exhibition showcasing history and heritage themed projects researched by students from grades 4-10. Students use the medium of their choice to share their learning about Canadian heroes and legends, milestones and achievements. The projects are adjudicated by volunteer judges and student excellence is recognized through a variety of community–based awards. This celebration which can involve up to 300 students, also includes cultural entertainment and educational workshops.