Rendez-vous Canada 2013… Ottawa is ready to host!
Ottawa Tourism attended Rendez-vous Canada (RVC) in Edmonton, Alberta from May 13th to the 16th, 2012. RVC is Canada’s premier international tourism marketplace. There were 340 tour operator buyers representing 20 different countries.
Next year, Ottawa has the pleasure of hosting RVC 2013 and we are looking forward to putting our best foot forward!
At the closing ceremony in Edmonton, Ottawa Tourism in partnership with Ontario Tourism handed out 1000 pairs of red shoes. Drawing from our fun loving nature the shoes incorporate the color most associated with Canada’s Capital and celebrate our amazingly walkable destination. Ottawa’s Red Shoes are a recognizable symbol of all of this and of a destination full of surprises not soon forgotten. We hope to see everyone in Ottawa for RVC next year supporting their red shoes!
Top 10 Things to do in Ottawa for groups
Interested in our Top 10? Look no further.
1. Parliament Hill
2. National Cultural Attractions
3. ByWard Market
4. UNESCO Rideau Canal
5. The Outdoor – Adventure
7. Culinary scene
8. Performing Arts
9. City tours
10. Neibourhoods / Shopping
What’s up for 2013?
Ottawa is a city steeped in culture, with world-class museums and galleries displaying stunning national collections and special exhibitions from Canada and around the world. See what new and exciting restaurants, hotels and adventures are in store for you in 2013!
Les Brasseurs du temps
Located on the very premises of a brewery originally owned by Philemon Wright, the founder of Hull Township, Les Brasseurs du Temps restores the Creek Brewery site to its original purpose. Discover a world of flavours in a unique setting. Les Brasseurs du Temps microbrewery is a beacon that makes downtown a tourist, a cultural and a social destination. Enjoy the atmosphere you always dreamed of. Les Brasseurs du Temps serves as a restaurant, museum and brewery. Groups welcomed.
Mill Street Brewery
Located at LeBreton Flats, this 140 year old building, former grist mill is rich in industrial heritage and charm – a unique setting to grab a pint, enjoy innovative food pairings, brewery tours and sampling including specialty beers available only on-site and at select Ottawa establishments. Groups welcomed.
Patterned after the great steak houses of North America, Prime 360 is one of Ottawa's best choices for steak and seafood. Sleek leather and woods, meats aged to perfection, seafood and daily specials; Lunch & Dinner are culinary adventures! Groups welcomed.
Ride the Adventure!
Ottawa Cycling Tours
Ottawa Cycling Tours are committed to personalized customer service and total dedication to quality. Everyone can enjoy the guided cycling tours, no matter what their fitness level. From easy pace to wanting a challenge and from two hours to out all day, they have a tour for your group.
Located on an enchanting site in Wakefield, Quebec, Eco-Odyssée is a water maze that comprises an estimated 60 intersections spread out over more than 6km. Choose the adventure that suits your group and enjoy the splendor of the marsh environment from your paddle boat. Learn to identify the numerous animals and plant species that live in the marsh, concealed within the forest's greenery. You will be charmed by this journey of discovery.
Chutes de Coulonge
Experience the breathtaking scenery of the area's most magnificent waterfalls and canyon. The site pays tribute to the historic days of the great log drives, and a 3000ft wooden log slide. Explore the Coulonge Falls on well maintained pedestrian trails, footbridges, and lookouts. Walk through the areal park, zipline over waterfalls or climb alongside the canyon. Groups welcomed.
Experience the Culture!
Peace: The Exhibition at the Canadian War Museum
From June 1, 2013 to January 9, 2014
What is peace? And how do you achieve it? This is the story of how Canadians have understood and acted for peace, from street protest to humanitarian service, from the conference table to the battlefield.
Nature Unleashed at the Canadian Nature Museum
September 28 – May 5, 2013
About the exhibition: From earthquakes and volcanoes to hurricanes and tornadoes, nature's forces have shaped our dynamic planet. Get an understanding of how they work and a real sense of their power. Find out how people cope and adapt in the aftermath of a natural disaster.
© Carsten Peter/National Geographic Image Collection
Where to lay your head!
Renovations at the Holiday Inn Plaza La Chaudière soon to be Crown Plaza Hotel & Suites
The Holiday Inn Plaza la Chaudière (soon to be Crown Plaza Hotel & Suites) is ideally located in the heart of the National Capital Region’s business and tourism district. This central location offers groups an easy access the Ottawa International Airport and Via Rail Train Station and just steps away are the historic district, renowned museums, shopping, and dining.
The hotel is soon to be Crown Plaza Hotel & Suites with renovated entrance, rooms, restaurant and pool area.
New! Courtyard Marriott Ottawa East
The brand NEW Courtyard by Marriott Ottawa East is located minutes from downtown. Conveniently situated away from congestion and crowds, the hotel provides groups with a refreshing opportunity to experience choices and flexibility like never before.
Move out of the way for Leduc Bus Lines Ltd!
Leduc Bus Lines Ltd.
Leduc Bus Lines Ltd. is the most trusted Ottawa bus rental company in Eastern Ontario. For over 40 years, Leduc Bus Lines have stayed up to date on changes in the school and charter bus industry to ensure that we can consistently remain a leader in the field. They have a number of vehicle options to choose from to ensure that we can accommodate your unique needs, expectations, and party size.
Canadian Tulip Festival Update for 2013
Every May, the Ottawa region is abloom with tulips, the legacy of a gift of tulip bulbs received from the Dutch Royal Family after taking refuge here during World War II. In 2013, the Canadian Tulip Festival will take place May 3-12 and will have full programming every day – instead of mainly weekend programming. The tulips themselves – including some 300,000 planted in Commissioners Park alone – typically bloom throughout May and decorate the Rideau Canal, Parliament Hill and flower boxes throughout downtown Ottawa. In recent years, the National Capital Commission has varied the plantings to include early-, mid- and late-blooming varieties to extend the tulip season! Visit www.tulipfestival.ca to learn more.