Spreading knowledge and awareness of Canadian history

Interested about the Ottawa Regional Heritage Fair?

2024 Fair

The Ottawa Regional Heritage Fair is hosting an in-person Fair on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at the Canadian Museum of History. Save this date in your calendar! 

This dynamic, educational program provides students with a personal, inquiry-learning experience and increases their awareness and interest in Canadian history, be it national, regional or local. 

We hope you will join us in 2024 to celebrate our students and our rich and diverse heritage.

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.