National Criminal Law Program 2019 Social Activities

Program Closing Events – Thursday, July 11, 2019, 6:00 pm + Thursday Closing Events

This year’s Program features two special Closing Events, taking place Thursday, July 11, 2019. These are excellent opportunities to wind up the week in a fun, casual setting with new and old friends. Please note these are optional ticketed events, not included in the Program registration fee. Additional fees apply. Early registration is strongly encouraged – both events have limited enrolment and are expected to sell out quickly. Guests are welcome. Events are sponsored by Thomson Reuters. For additional information, please contact

City Beers in the Capital – Brew Donkey Brewery Tour

Visiting from out of town? See the city through the bottom of a pint glass! Experience the rich flavour and traditions of Ottawa in an entirely new way with the City Beers Tour! Join local host Brew Donkey Tours and explore behind-the-scenes of 3 award-winning Ottawa breweries. Taste different brews at each location and enjoy local favourites Suzy Q donuts, Le Twist Fresh Pretzels, and Farm Fresh Boy wraps as you are driven around the city by an expert guide. Close off this year’s Program with delegates, faculty and sponsors during this fun and informative night on the town – and let someone else do the driving! Pick-up and drop-off is at the main entrance of the Westin Ottawa at 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON. Boarding at 5:45 pm (bus leaves at 6:00 pm sharp). Return to Westin at approximately 10:15 pm. This is an optional ticketed event, not included in the Program registration fee. $82.00 + HST per person. Guests are welcome. REGISTER – Only 100 spaces!

Ottawa River Dinner Cruise – Capital Cruises

Experience Ottawa from a new perspective! Join faculty, exhibitors and delegates for a special evening Dinner Cruise along the Ottawa River, with Capital Cruises. Roam about the enclosed and open-air decks to find your ideal sightseeing spot, and then socialize and dine, and take in the legends that have helped Ottawa-Gatineau blossom into the cities we know and love today. Hot buffet includes chicken in a dijonnaise sauce, roast beef au jus, choice of sides and salads, vegetable and dip platters, rolls, assorted desserts, and coffee and tea. A vegetarian alternative will be offered. One alcoholic beverage is included, followed by a cash bar. Departure location is the Gatineau Dock in Jacques Cartier Park at 160 rue Laurier, Gatineau, QC near the Canadian Museum of History. Approximately 10 -12 minutes by cab or Uber, or 20 -25 minutes walking from the Westin Ottawa. Boarding is at 6:45 pm with departure at 7:00 pm. Return to Jacques Cartier Park around 10:00 pm. $82.00 + HST per person. Guests are welcome. REGISTER Only 150 spaces!

Free Afternoon – Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 12:00 pm +

On Wednesday, the Program ends at 12:00 pm. Looking for a memorable way to spend the afternoon? Explore spectacular downtown Ottawa on your own and discover why it draws visitors back again and again, or find the perfect group walking, cycling, coach or coach tour through one of Ottawa’s many local tour operators. There is so much to see and do! Please note these are additional ticketed activities, not included in the Program registration fee. All activities are managed by independent third parties, not associated with the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. Please review individual activities for terms and conditions. Departure times are current as of date of posting, and may change.

Rideau Canal Cruise – various afternoon and evening departures
The Rideau Canal links Canada’s capital—Ottawa—with majestic Lake Ontario. On this tour, cruise in comfort along the UNESCO World Heritage–listed waterway and admire sweeping views over top attractions including the Canadian Museum of Nature, Château Laurier, Dow’s Lake, and the National Arts Centre. Along the way, listen as your guide… read more.

Ultimate Ottawa Tour – 2:00 pm departure
Take a tour through Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. The city is full of important landmarks, interesting architecture, and fascinating history. Take this tour to discover all the capital holds, including Parliament Hill, a behind the scenes tour of the Royal Canadian Mint, and a river cruise to end your five-six hour tour in a nice relaxing way…read more.

City Tour by Land and Water – various afternoon and evening departures
Maximize your time in Ottawa and Gatineau with a one-hour sightseeing tour by land and water in an amphibious vehicle! Aboard the outrageous ‘amphibus,’ pass main city attractions like Parliament Hill, the National Gallery of Canada, the National War Memorial Monument and more. When cruising along the street gets dry, plunge into the Ottawa River to… read more.

Ottawa River Tour – 4:00 pm departure
See the sights in Canada’s Capital from the Ottawa River during this narrated tour onboard the Paula D. Look out at Canada’s Parliament Buildings from the river and snap photos of the spectacular city views. Marvel at the mix of natural beauty and modern, urban development while enjoying refreshments or cocktails from the boat’s canteen…read more.

Byward Market Tasting Experience – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm departures
Ottawa’s ByWard Market is full of neat shops and delicious places to eat–let a guide help you find all the best spots to grab a bite so you don’t miss out. Get a sample of the offerings at a variety of international restaurants including Indian, Southern BBQ, Japanese, Mexican, and Italian, plus some local artisanal fare. And yes, dessert and a couple of drinks are…read more.

Ottawa like a Local: Customized Private Tour – 2:00 pm departure
Leave traditional tour itineraries behind and see Ottawa like a local during this customizable, tour led by a “Lokafyer” (local guide). Walk the city with a local, not a guide, and set a route packed with stops that interest you. Let your local Ottawa enthusiast take you to their favorite shops, events, markets, museums, neighborhoods and more or request a tour of totally more.

Cycling the Nation’s Capital – 2 pm departure
See Canada’s Capital by bike traversing paths, parks, and bridges during this guided bicycle tour. Choose from two daily departure times and pedal along the Rideau Canal and past historic sights of the city while your guide reveals Ottawa’s history and natural beauty. Customize your route to suit your ability and interests and stop along the way to take in this city on the edge of…read more.