Ottawa Tourism

As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is home to quaint heritage buildings and museums that recount the story of how Canada came to be. But in proximity to the city’s charming historical facades, you will find large-scale state-of-the-art convention and event venues that offer full catering services and ample parking spaces!

Ottawa’s scenic downtown core offers different spacious venues that provide delegates with beautiful views of the Rideau Canal, Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, and put them within walking distance of the city’s most popular attractions. Ottawa also offers venues located in closer proximity to its International Airport, which allow delegates to easily come and go as needed. Ottawa’s award-winning venues are also within walking distance from many world-class convention hotels.

From start to finish, you can be sure that your delegates will enjoy your event in one of these modern spaces!

Shaw Centre

The spectacular new Shaw Centre (formerly Ottawa Convention Centre) staged its grand opening April 13 2011, welcoming the world to a stunning new landmark and exceptional new meeting place in the heart of the Capital. Overlooking the Rideau Canal – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Parliament Hill and downtown Ottawa, the Centre features a sweeping glass façade encasing four floors of state-of-the-art meeting space, including the Canada Hall, which can accommodate up to 6000 delegates. The 200,000 square foot Centre takes Ottawa to a whole new level in the meetings and conventions industry, enabling the Capital to host large, city-wide events and multiple simultaneous functions. Delegates can step outside and be just steps away from recreational paths and the ByWard Market shopping and restaurant district—not to mention 6,000 downtown hotel rooms, all within easy walking distance. The facility is directly linked to the 180-store CF Rideau Centre, the 495-room Westin Ottawa, and offers ample indoor parking. The Shaw Centre sets new standards for environmental design and sustainable practices, serving delegates and guests with advanced technology. 

Features at a Glance:

Usable Space: 192,000 sq. ft./17,837 sq. m.
Mulitipurpose Hall: 55,741 sq. ft./5,178 sq. m.6,260 theatre style | 4,600 banquet style
Maximum Configuration: 28 meeting rooms
Ballroom: 19,032 sq. ft./1,768 sq. m.

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Ottawa Conference and Event Centre

Just a five-minute drive from Ottawa’s busy downtown core, the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre (OCEC) is conveniently located, giving delegates access to several surrounding world-class hotels as well as 576 on-site guest rooms provided by the Hampton Inn Ottawa by Hilton (179) and the Courtyard by Marriott by Ottawa East (397). With 43,000 square feet (3,994 square metres) of convention space across three levels, the OCEC offers 37 different meetings spaces and two ballrooms with 26-foot (8-metre) ceilings. Full service catering, state-of-the-art audio visual services and complimentary indoor as well as outdoor parking spaces are available at this site.

Features at a Glance:

Number of meeting rooms: 37
Total meeting space: 43,000 sq. ft.
Largest meeting room space: 10,966 sq. ft.
Capacity of largest meeting room – banquet style: 800
Capacity of largest meeting room – 8’ x 10’ booths: 60
Capacity of largest meeting room – reception style: 1,200

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EY Centre

EY Centre is a 220,000 square foot, purpose built exhibition facility offering four contiguous state-of-the-art exhibit halls, meeting rooms, banquet facilities and extensive parking. Located at 4899 Uplands Drive in Ottawa, EY Centre is next to Ottawa’s Macdonald-Cartier International Airport – just minutes from downtown Ottawa.

Features at a Glance:

Number of meeting rooms: 8
Total meeting space: 160,000 sq. ft.
Largest meeting room space: 90,000 sq. ft.
Capacity of largest meeting room – banquet style: 6,200
Capacity of largest meeting room – 8’ x 10’ booths: 812
Capacity of largest meeting room – reception style: 8,900

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