The City of Ottawa has released 12 Royal Swans onto the shores of the Rideau River for another season on the Ottawa waterway.
“Releasing the Royal Swans is an annual tradition marking the rite of spring in the Nation’s Capital,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “These majestic animals truly add to the beauty and uniqueness of Ottawa’s scenic waterways.”
The swans will make the Rideau River their home until the cold weather comes in October.
“The Royal Swans are just another treat for the eye as visitors and residents travel throughout our city over the spring and summer months,” said Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee.
The Royal Swans are direct descendants of the swans given to Ottawa by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II honouring Canada’s Centennial Year in 1967.
The City of Ottawa reminds residents and visitors not to feed the swans as it could cause harm to their health. Anyone who sees a sick or injured swan is encouraged to call 3-1-1 immediately and provide the exact location of the swan and its colour.