Lonely Planet Writer

Have a fancy meal at 150 feet in the air to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday

Canada has a lot to celebrate next year – the country will mark its 150th birthday and was recently named Lonely Planet’s top country to visit in 2017 – and can expect to see a lot of travellers come and share in the festivities.

Sky Lounge from Ottawa 2017 on Vimeo.

Tourists visiting the nation’s capital, Ottawa in July can take part in a very unusual celebration and enjoy a fine dining experience at 150 feet in the air. The Sky Lounge, a floating platform that serves as a restaurant, will be hoisted up 46 metres (150 feet) with a sitting of lucky guests at Ottawa’s City Hall, where they will get a beautiful view of the city’s architecture, the Rideau Canal and Parliament Hill.

View of Parliament building, Ottawa, Canada.
View of Parliament building, Ottawa, Canada. Image by ©seanmandegar/500px

However, the unique experience, which runs between 14 to 20 July, won’t come cheap: there are two different experiences on offer, a cocktail experience for CAD$150 or a gourmet dinner for CAD$250. If you’re wondering what you would eat at 150 feet in the air, the menu, created by Canadian chef Stephen La Salle, will embrace “new Canadian cuisine” inspired by fresh, local and organic products.

And for travellers who are looking for a less pricey way to wish Canada a happy birthday, the government announced earlier this year that there will be free entry to all national parks in 2017. There will be other celebrations to mark the occasion, such as New Year’s celebrations in 19 urban centres around the country on 31 December.