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Activities Near UsWhen it comes to cultural attractions, Ottawa offers the Country's most diverse selection. No matter your interests, the city is a veritable showcase of Arts, History, Culture and Sports.

With visits to some of the City's greatest attractions, the whole family is sure to learn something new and exciting about the capital. Enjoy an exciting NHL hockey game, ski, or take a hot air balloon ride in beautiful Gatineau Park, skate along Rideau Canal, the longest skating rink in the world, or experience world class museums and the National Gallery of Canada. The challenge you will find is not in what there is to do, but finding enough time to enjoy it all!

BeaverTails Canada
Hand-made BeaverTail pastries are served up with a variety of toppings.
Canada Agriculture Museum
Canada's unique agricultural heritage is featured at the Canada Agriculture Museum, where you can explore the sights and sounds of typical farm life.
Canada Aviation and Space
Housing one of North America's finest collections of aircraft, The Canadian Aviation and Space Museum is a sight to behold.
Canada Day Celebrations
Ottawa throws the biggest July 1st party in the country. You haven't done Canada Day until you've done it in Ottawa.
Canadian Museum of Civilization
The incomparable CMC celebrates Canadian and world cultures, housing the world's largest indoor collection of totem poles in its beautiful Grand Hall.
Canadian Museum of Nature
Looking for Dinosaurs? Built inside a stunning stone castle, the Museum of Nature houses a mind-blowing collection of natural wonders.
Canada Science and Technology
Massive locomotives, a kitchen that defies the laws of physics, and a look at the tech that shapes our world. A truly interactive experience for all ages.
Canadian Tire Centre
The greatest games. The biggest shows. The best times in the nation’s capital happen here with NHL Hockey and World Class Entertainment!
Canadian War Museum
The Canadian War Museum pays tribute to the country's military past, and takes a moving look at the people and the equipment that fueled it.
Changing the Guard
This summertime ceremony takes place on Parliament Hill and is a sheer spectacle of pomp and pageantry.
This unique fallout shelter is Canada's Cold War Museum, and presents a look at a chilly time in international relations. Head underground.
Kanata Canada Day
The Canada Day in Kanata Celebration is one of the largest community events in Ottawa. Crowds of over 30,000 gather at Walter Baker Park off Terry Fox Drive in Kanata to celebrate this significant community event.
Kanata City Walk Centrum
Bring the whole family! There is something fun for everyone. From family-style casual dining to exotic dinners, there is something for every occasion. Come spend a couple of hours or the whole day and shop till you drop. Get your hair and nails done and do your banking or take in a movie at Landmark Cinemas, all in one convenient location.
National Gallery of Canada
The stunning National Gallery of Canada presents the country's national art collection and outstanding international exhibitions throughout the year.
Parliament of Canada
No visit to Ottawa is complete without a visit to the Hill, the seat of Canada's National government and the setting for year-round celebration and ceremony.
Pinhey's Point Historic Site
This 88-acre historic site located on the scenic shore of the Ottawa River.
Rideau Canal
Ontario's first UNESCO World Heritage Site winds its way through the city, starting from the beautiful and historic locks at the Ottawa River.
Rideau Hall
The stately home and gardens of the Governor General, the Queen's representative in Canada.
Royal Canadian Mint
Fancy holding a solid gold bar in your hands in front of a $1M stack of bullion? The Royal Canadian Mint is your ticket to the big money.
Saunders Farm
Fresh ideas, Fresh family FUN, and Farm Fresh Food in Ottawa. The world famous Saunders Farm is the perfect place to Play, Learn and Grow!
Sound and Light Show
The dramatic Sound and Light Show is a sight to behold, a dramatic and eye-popping experience telling Canada's history through the ages.
Tanger Outlets
What could be more fun than spending the day with family and friends bargain hunting at Tanger! Tanger Outlets Canada feature more than 2,200 outlet stores which are owned and operated by the most popular, brand name manufacturers.
TD Place
TD PLACE at Lansdowne is Ottawa’s exciting new urban sports and entertainment destination, home of the new Ottawa REDBLACKS of the CFL, the NASL’s Ottawa Fury FC, and the Ottawa 67’s of the OHL. Host to concerts and performances by headline acts and entertainers the year-round. Surrounded by the restaurants, clubs, shops, services and excitement of the all-new Lansdowne community!
The RCMP Musical Ride
Learn about one of Canada's most characteristic symbols, the Mounties, and take in their majestic musical ride at the stables.
Upper Canada Village
See first-hand the life of 19th century pioneers in an authentically recreated historic village setting.

For additional information on Ottawa attractions and special events, visit the Ottawa Tourism website.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions from guests of our hotel. Hopefully you will find this information useful. If you have a question that is not on the list, please feel free to contact the hotel. It would be our pleasure to assist you.

Q: Is there easily accessible public transit to the downtown core?
A: Yes, there is a bus stop in front of hotel running every 15 minutes that will take you downtown. The trip downtown takes approximately 45 minutes. Click here for more information on transit schedules, routes & fares.
Q: Does your hotel have wireless internet access available?
A: Yes, the entire hotel is a wireless hotspot and there is no charge for guests to access this service.
Q: Is there a charge for parking at the hotel?
A: We are pleased to provide registered guests of our hotel parking at no additional charge.
Q: Do you allow pets at your hotel?
A: Pets are not accepted at the hotel. However, we can recommend an appropriate comfortable “home away from home” for your pet at a local kennel service.
Q: I forgot my overnight bag, do you supply personal amenities?
A: Yes, we can supply you with everything you need for the evening, and amenities to get you started tomorrow. This includes toothbrush & toothpaste, shampoo & conditioner, deodorant, shaving cream & razor, mouthwash, shower cap, and feminine hygiene products.
Q: Is there room service available at the hotel and what are the hours of operation?
A: We are pleased to offer Room Service to our guests. Room Service is available from Monday through Friday from 6:30am to 11pm daily, Saturday from 7:00am to 11:00pm, and Sunday from 7:00am to 10:00pm. Click here to view the room service menu.
Q: Do you have a pool/fitness centre, and what are the hours of operation?
A: Yes, Our Fitness Centre offers a variety of equipment including a Stretching Station, Treadmill, Stationary Bike, Stair Climber, Elliptical Trainer, and Hand Weights. Open 24 hours (Sunday - Thursday) and from 5:30am-11:00pm Friday and Saturday, so you can work out as much, or as little as you like.
Q: I am attending a meeting in your hotel today, where are your banquet rooms located?
A: Our Kanata and Algonquin ballrooms are located on the second floor of the hotel, the grand staircase or elevators will take you to the second level. The Earl Grey and Lord Byng Meeting space are located on the 9th Floor of the hotel, please use the elevators.

Current Weather

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Weather/What to Pack

Ottawa experiences four very distinct seasons. Ottawa usually receives a considerable amount of snow in the winter, and moderate amounts of rain in all other months. Beautiful summer heat is common in the summer, and the Autumn is a showcase of colours and fresh, brisk air.


Early Spring can be quite cool in Ottawa, with daytime temperatures in March and April near or below 10°C. May brings a noticeable warmup, with daytime temperatures averaging near 20°C, which sparks an outburst of spring flowers, especially tulips. Autumn is a beautiful and invigorating time in Ottawa. Early Fall in September usually brings the first chill, when evening temperatures drop below 10°C. At the end of the month, trees begin to change to vibrant shades of red, yellow and orange. The colours usually peak in early October.

What to pack:Summer activities

  • Warm clothing that can be layered during the day
  • Light waterproof rain coat
  • Warm coat for the evenings


In the Summer Months (June, July, August) Ottawa experiences warm, humid summers.With high temperatures in the range of 24°C to 30°C.

What to pack:

  • Short sleeved shirts & shorts for the daytime
  • Light waterproof rain coat or windbreaker

Winter Winter Activities

In the Winter Months (December, January, February) Ottawa can experience cold, snowy winters with temperature typically in the range of -2°C to -15°C. Ottawa normally receives between 45cm to 60cm of snowfall during each of these winter months.

What to pack:

  • Warm / Heavy coat
  • Waterproof boots / shoes
  • Gloves, scarf and warm hat
Average Daily Highs and Lows
Month High Low
January -5°C/23°F -15°C/5°F
February -4°C/25°F -13°C/9°F
March 2°C/36°F -6°C/21°F
April 11°C/52°F 0°C/32°F
May 19°C/66°F 7°C/45°F
June 24°C/75°F 12°C/54°F
July 26°C/79°F 15°C/59°F
August 25°C/77°F 14°C/57°F
September 20°C/68°F 9°C/48°F
October 13°C/55°F 3°C/37°F
November 5°C/41°F -2°C/28°F
December -3°C/27°F -11°C/12°F

About Ottawa & Kanata

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Ottawa is located in the province of Ontario (ON), at the point where the Rideau and Gatineau rivers meet the Ottawa River, with views of the scenic Gatineau Hills of Quebec to the north. The capital city of Canada, Ottawa has long been a major tourist destination and is a vibrant, lively spot, visited by more than five million tourists each year.

In recent years, much of Ottawa has been radically renovated and restructured, to ensure that the city has the grace and style of a state capital. Offering a range of cultural activities, museums and art galleries, Ottawa is famous for its calendar of festivals, which include ice skating along the frozen Rideau Canal each February, a tulip festival in May, and several cultural and entertainment events throughout the summer.

Ottawa ParliamentSurrounded by an extensive greenbelt area, Ottawa is divided into a number of regions and districts, including the downtown district, where many of the best shops and restaurants are located, together with major buildings and landmarks. Further notable districts in Ottawa include the Glebe area, Byward Market, Sandy Hill, the residential western districts, and Chinatown, which is often known as Somerset Heights. Kanata is home to Ottawa’s High Tech Hub, known as Silicone Valley North. This area also boasts the home of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators Hockey Club which plays all its home games at Canadian Tire Centre. This venue is also home to Ottawa’s most popular concerts & events.

Tourism in Ottawa is well supported and the city has much to offer tourists and visitors, with impressive facilities and amenities. The main tourist information centre in Ottawa is Capital Infocentre, which is located along Wellington Street and offers a range of travel tips, information about hotels, brochures about tourist attractions, and modern interactive computer terminals with touch screens.

Ottawa's main tourist attractions include river cruises - a particularly scenic way to travel around the city, with regular tours along both the Rideau Canal and the Ottawa River, taking in many of the main sights and landmarks; the Royal Canadian Mint - a historic building responsible for the producing many thousands of commemorative coins each year; Dows Lake Pavilion - close to Ottawa city centre, with many seasonal recreational activities, including a range of summer water sports and winter cross-country skiing; and the Gray Line Ottawa - guided Trolley Buses, which travel around the city and provide a real insight into Ottawa's rich heritage. Popular parks and gardens in Ottawa include Confederation Park, Gatineau Park, Major's Hill Park, which are known for its superb views across Ottawa and beyond.

Further tourist attractions in Ottawa include the National Archives of Canada - an impressive research centre home to many millions of important historic documents, maps and photographs; the National Library of Canada - housing more than 10 million books and publications, together with local archives and general historical Ottawa information; Ottawa Civic Centre (home to Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67s) - hosting many notable events throughout the year, including regular ice hockey championships; Gatineau Park - a large and natural parkland close to central Ottawa, with lakes, nature trails and woodland areas; Major's Hill Park - the city's oldest public park, dating back to the 1870s, offering superb view of Ottawa city; and Nepean Point - a well-known lookout area with views across Ottawa city, together with a statue of Samuel de Champlain, the actual founder of the country.

River CruiseNotable landmarks and monuments in the Ottawa area include Parliament Hill - Canada's true centre of politics, comprising many magnificent buildings, including the eye-catching Peace Tower; Laurier House - home to a former Canadian Prime Minister in the latter part of the 19th century; Notre Dame Basilica - a truly breathtaking cathedral, with Neo-Gothic architecture, twin spires and stained-glass windows; Prime Minister’s Residence / 24 Sussex Drive - probably Ottawa's most famous address, located in Ottawa's Lowertown area; and the Supreme Court of Canada - a major legal centre in Canada, with courtrooms, guided tours and a striking façade.

Ottawa's main museums and art galleries include Bytown Museum - celebrating the history of the 19th- century Rideau Canal, with many exhibits and information about its construction; Ottawa's National Aviation Museum - part of the Rockcliffe Airport complex, with many restored vintage aircraft and an exciting hang- gliding simulation; the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography - opened in the early 1990s, with many regular exhibitions throughout the year; the Canada Science and Technology Museum - with interactive fun for families in Ottawa, including space travel exhibits, hands-on gadgets, educational information and regular demonstrations; the Canadian War Museum and Vimy House - containing a wealth of military memorabilia and artifacts; the National Gallery of Canada - a stylish and eye-catching building, housing one of Ottawa's most popular art galleries; and the Ottawa Art Gallery - standing in the city centre, with a vast collection of local art works and seasonal exhibitions.

Tourist attractions located nearby Ottawa include the Canadian Museum of Civilization - Canada's biggest cultural institution located just a few minutes from Ottawa in nearby Hull, containing many varied collections, thousands of exhibits and the Canadian Children's Museum; the Mackenzie King Estate - situated in Gatineau Park, covering in excess of 200 acres / 80 hectares, including the famous Moorside Cottage; and Brébeuf Park - standing in Hull along the banks of the Ottawa River, known for its recreational activities and historical importance.

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More Ottawa Information / Fast Facts and Orientation

  • Country: Canada
  • Location: Ontario (ON)
  • Status: capital city
  • Area: approximately 1,081 square miles / 2,800 square kilometers
  • Population: approximately 866,000
  • Language: Canadian English / Canadian French
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar (CAD)
  • Time zone: GMT - 5 hours Eastern Standard Time (daylight saving time is observed)
  • Country dialing code: +1
  • Telephone area code: 613
  • Religion: various religions
  • Average daily Ottawa January temperature: -5°C / 23°F
  • Average daily Ottawa July temperature: 26°C / 79°F