The Relax Itinerary
The Relaxed itinerary is all about chilling‐out in Ottawa’s friendly, relaxed urban atmosphere – with side trips to the countryside and casino!
12:30pm: For a cosmopolitan yet casual lunch with a fabulous view of Ottawa’s famous Rideau and Sussex streetscapes try Santé Restaurant.
2:00 pm: Next door from Santé Restaurant is Holtz Spa. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the spa or make your way to the ByWard Market and wander past the market stalls filled with fresh produce or check out the one-of-a-kind crafts available in the shops. Try one of Ottawa’s sweetest traditions and a purely Canadian treat ‐ a BeaverTail pastry.
6:00pm: Spend your evening at le café, the National Arts Centre’s fabulous restaurant (reservations required). Discover the true flavours of Canada – with a global twist – offered by the award winning NAC Executive Chef, Michael Blackie.
7:30pm: The National Arts Centre always has something wonderful to see, whether your choice is theatre, music or dance.
9:00 am: Enjoy a hike, snowshoe or ski in the breathtaking beauty of Gatineau Park, a nature reserve with hundreds of kilometres of trails, just 15 minutes from Ottawa.
Or stay downtown and join a C’est Bon Cooking for a tasty food tour of the ByWard Market and see Ottawa’s culinary scene come alive.
12:00 pm: Located at the entrance of Gatineau Park, Le Nordik Spa-Nature, the largest outdoor spa in North America is a haven featuring Nordic baths in the heart of nature (Only 10 minutes from downtown Gatineau‐Ottawa). Enjoy a delicious meal at Le Nordik before your enjoy the saunas and baths for the afternoon.
Youth/family‐friendly option: The ByWard Market offers a variety of casual food and shopping options. Following lunch visit the National Gallery of Canada, one of Canada's premier art galleries or the Royal Canadian Mint, where they produce hand‐crafted collector and commemorative coins, gold bullion coins, medals and medallions. Both museums are located in the heart of the ByWard Market.
6:30 pm: Between the central locale afforded by its gracious home in the landmark Lord Elgin Hotel, a warm and yet contemporary ambience, a locally sourced menu and a casual‐to‐sophisticated stocked cellar, Grill 41 is a perfect place for your dinner tonight.
8:30 pm: The ByWard Market or Elgin Street is a great place for people watching or partaking in the nightlife offered at pubs, bars and bistros.
Jazz, blues and folk are just a few of Ottawa’s fantastic music festivals in the summer months. Classical music fans will love the world‐renowned Ottawa RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest (see the Calendar of Events for dates). Need a winter sports fix? The Ottawa Senators are the hottest ticket in town!