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2014-2015 Ottawa Visitor Guide

Ottawa 2017

Let’s Go Ottawa launches with Ottawa focus is a new tool allowing meeting planners and group travel organizers a chance to suss out a destination from the comfort of their office chair. Ottawa Tourism was thrilled to work with Jennifer Wood, host and producer, to inaugurate this new service.

Jennifer and her crew visited Ottawa for four days and were able to visit major hotels such as the Westin Ottawa, Fairmont Château Laurier, Brookstreet, Ottawa Marriott, Crowne Plaza and the Hilton Lac-Leamy.

They discovered impressive off-site venues such as the National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Canadian War Museum and Casino du Lac-Leamy.

They ate at Restaurant e18hteen and other great places in the ByWard Market.

Of course, they also met with the folks behind the brand new Ottawa Convention Centre, to open in April 2011.

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Le Cordon Bleu Bistro @ Signatures — accessible luxury!


I had the pleasure of dining at Le Cordon Bleu Bistro @ Signatures yesterday. Delicious tuna carpaccio as an appetizer, some red snapper as a main and a vanilla pudding as dessert. All for just $25 — actually $32 because we indulged in a Beaujolais nouveau.

Not bad at all for a stellar meal in beautiful bistro surroundings, with an attentive staff.

This is Le Cordon Bleu’s new incarnation of the former Signatures restaurant. Signatures has relaunched as this bistro-style offering, with lunch on offer from Tuesday through Friday and à la carte dinners on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

You can see the lunch menus in advance on their website as the senior-level students help prepare them as part of their ongoing courseload at Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts School. As famous graduate Julia Child would say, “Bon appétit!”

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Survived the hike!


The hike with a couple friends on Sunday went extremely well. First, we stopped at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre to drop off our application forms to spend a night in one of the park’s cabins in January — we should know soon if we’re successful. (Hopefully more on that later!)

Then it was off to P12 (parking lot #12) at O’Brien Beach on Meech Lake. Off we went on Trail #36, part of the TransCanada Trail. A little steep at some points and with a healthy population of hard-working mountain bikers to watch out for, the trail was a delight, winding up and down through woods, marshes and along Meech Lake.

After an hour, we turned around and retraced our steps, enjoying the intermittent sunshine (though it was cool in the shadows).

We felt we deserved a treat, so we we headed back to Ottawa and indulged in burgers at Chez Lucien on Murray Street in the ByWard Market neighbourhood. Made with beef from O’Brien Farms south of Ottawa, and topped with carmelized onions, jalapenos and cheese, they’re delectable. And you feel virtuous because they’re served with both salad and fries! A great end to a great hike!

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Looking forward to the weekend


This weekend's plans include a hike in Gatineau Park. Given the unseasonably warm weather, it seems a natural (in other years, we might be snowshoeing by now!).

We're planning to hike around Lac Philippe, then grab a bite to eat in the pretty town of Wakefield. In winter, the trail will become a snowshoeing trail, so we're scoping it out for future reference.

Another old favourite trail -- the punishing Wolf Trail -- is a possibility.

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