50 Sussex Drive Building Showcases a Series of Exhibits

50 Sussex
50 Sussex

In 2017, 50 Sussex Drive and 7 Clarence Street will welcome 10 diplomatic missions to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. 50 Sussex Drive will showcase a series of exhibits.

From February 3 to May 27, 2017: The International Pavilion

Public diplomacy exhibits and initiatives presented by international missions to Canada. The International Pavilion at 50 Sussex Drive features:

United States of America 

February 1 to 19, 2017


February 25 to March 8, 2017


May 4 to 25, 2017

7 Clarence Street will also showcase a series of exhibits.

From June 29 to September 30, 2017: The Geography and Exploration Pavilion

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society presents an exhibit on the NCC’s Plan for Canada’s Capital, 2017–2067, highlighting the key historical phases of development in Canada’s National Capital Region over the past 150 years, and introducing the NCC’s vision for next 50 years.

About 50 Sussex Drive

With its elegant aesthetic, 50 Sussex is a model of contemporary architecture in Canada’s Capital. Constructed in 2000, the building stands on a promontory at Rideau Falls—where the Rideau River empties into the Ottawa River—and offers dramatic views of the Quebec shoreline.

For thousands of years, the canoes of Indigenous peoples on the Ottawa River passed by this location. European explorers and traders followed in the 17th century. By the 19th century, however, flotillas of canoes had given way to the lumber rafts and barges of the industrial era; recreational boating continues to this day.

As for industry, a flour mill was built here in the 1830s and later, a distillery, a woolen mill, and a door and window factory. The NCC cleared away the remains of these mills in the 1950s to create a beautiful riverside park at the Rideau Falls. This picturesque site became a hive of industry and later the wartime birthplace of the National Film Board of Canada.

In 2018, the building will become the new headquarters of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society.