Fall has arrived in Ottawa, bringing a cool breeze and a rhapsody of vibrant colours along with it. Coming to Ottawa for a meeting or a conference this fall? That’s great! If you’re not sure what to do with your downtime in the evening, we can help. Discover five activities for a lovely fall evening in Ottawa:
1. Visit the new Copper Spirits & Sights Rooftop Lounge:
Want a spectacular view of Ottawa in the sunset light? You’ll get it here! Located on the top floor of the Hyatt Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market Hotel at 325 Dalhousie St., this brand new chic but casual bar is THE place for an after work drink.
Offering floor to ceiling windows, this bar is a place to relax while enjoying panoramic views of the city below. If you enjoy a crisp fall breeze, opt to sit on the bar’s outdoor patio. But don’t worry, you won’t get cold. The patio offers cozy, cabana-style seating, complete with a warm fire pit. Copper Spirits & Sights is open Monday to Friday from 4 PM to 2 AM and from 3 PM to 2AM on Saturday and Sunday.
2. See a show at the National Arts Centre (NAC):
Located in the middle of Ottawa’s downtown core at 1 Elgin St., the National Arts Centre makes it easy to catch a show after a full day of meetings or sessions. From ballet, to music, to musical theatre and more, you can be sure that there will be an evening performance to suit your tastes. Here are a few events going on at the National Arts Centre this fall:
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Oct. 25-30, 2016
From the creators of The Sound of Music, this Broadway show puts a new twist on a classic tale.
Shanghai Ballet’s Giselle
Nov. 10-12, 2016
First shown in Paris in 1841, this classical ballet depicts the story of a lovely peasant girl betrayed in love.
Nov. 16-17, 2016
The NAC Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 with Conductor Diego Matheuz. This piece is considered to be one of the composer’s most popular works. This presentation is a world premiere!
3. Catch a Sens game:
The arrival of the cooler fall weather means the arrival of hockey season in Ottawa. Head just west of the downtown core to Canadian Tire Centre to see Ottawa’s NHL team – the Ottawa Senators – play. Wear red and get ready to cheer along with the crowd. And as most of the games take place in the evening, this is the perfect after meeting or after conference activity! The ‘Sens’ play from roughly October through to April. Go Sens go!
4. Visit one of Ottawa’s National Museums:
As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa has several national museums for you to choose from. From the National Gallery of Canada, to the Canadian Museum of Nature, to the Canadian War Museum, the Canadian Museum of History, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum and more, there is sure to be a museum that will peak your interest. Also, most museums are open until 8 PM on Thursday evening, with admission being free on Thursday from either 4 or 5 PM.
5. Go on a walking tour of the city:
Ottawa is a very walkable city with most attractions being within a 20-minute walk from most downtown-area hotels.
In Ottawa, you’ll find several walking tour options from ghost tours, to an Aboriginal history tour, to culinary tours, brewery tours and more. If you want to learn about Ottawa’s darker past, opt to go on a tour with Ottawa Haunted Walks. Or if you want to get a taste of Ottawa’s expanding culinary scene, try Ottawa Tasting Tours, Culinary Adventure Co. or Experience Food. But again, these are only a few of the many tours that are available.
Whichever tour you choose, you’ll be sure to enjoy a lovely evening walk through the city. Also, a guided walking tour is a great way to see the city if you happen to be attending a meeting or a conference on your own.
These activities however, are only a few ideas to get your fall trip planning started. For more information on activities and tours that are available in Ottawa, explore our See & Do page.