World’s largest scavenger hunt attempt to be made at Ottawa City Hall this Sunday

OTTAWA — Ottawa will make the history books this Sunday, as 4000 Scavengers set out to break the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Scavenger Hunt.

As an initiative for Ignite 150, the creators of Escape Manor have produced a Canadian-themed, epic daytime adventure for the ages. In honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial celebration, thousands of costumed participants will scatter from City Hall scouring the city to solve puzzles, find items, snap photos, answer trivia, post on social media, and make history while having a great time.

Teaming up with Ottawa 2017, Escape Manor has designed an intriguing challenge entrenched in Canadian history and current events. Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa 2017 Executive Director, Guy Laflamme, and Guinness World Record officials will be on hand to kick off the event open to participants 14 and over.

The hunt will commence at Marion Dewar Plaza at 9 a.m. and culminate with a party style reception and awards ceremony, outside City Hall, that afternoon. Food trucks, a DJ, Beau’s beer, and local dignitaries will be onsite to ensure a stellar celebration closes the day.

Teams of four are encouraged to dress-up in their finest Canadian themed gear (awards for best team and individual costumes) and should wear comfortable footwear, as the hunt will have them scan seven unique Ottawa neighbourhoods, visit dozens of iconic landmarks and sites, and span up to a 3 km radius from City Hall.

The event is officially sold-out with a waiting list (and FAQs) available at

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