Ottawa Tourism

ARCHIVE: Ottawa in the News – 2017

  • Ottawa Tourism hosted travel media and social media influencers for the Ottawa 2017 signature event Sky Lounge and many of them produced great content about their time fine dining in the sky. While Canadian Blog House’s Sandy tackled her fear of heights in her blog post, Apt613’s Hannah Manning  and Ottawa Life Magazine’s Nicole Suzanne wrote about what people can expect during the experience. Stephanie White recapped her time through bright and airy photos in her post Sky Lounge: a Once in a Lifetime Dining Experience and Laura Byrne Paquet gave her tips and tricks in Bring the Camera, Forget the Purse.
  • Ottawa made the top 10 in two different USA Today 10Best pieces: 10 unique festivals in Canada you won’t want to miss and 10 hot spots in Canada for live music.
  • The Quirky Traveller, Zoë Dawes, visited Ottawa as part of an initiative by top U.K. travel bloggers to visit Canadian cities in celebration of Canada 150. Following her visit, she highlighted Ottawa’s history and culture in her piece Canada 150: celebrating this magnificent country’s history and culture. Stay tuned for more coverage in the fall.
  • In May, Ottawa Tourism hosted travel writer and editor Jill Ellis-Worthington who featured Ottawa in her great article Wow Canada, Ottawa shows off for 150, published in the July/August issue of the Lifestyle Magazine.
  • Also in May, Ottawa Tourism hosted journalist Eve Dumas who, following her visit to Ottawa, produced a great piece in La Presse called Ottawa se réveille.
  • Travel writer Carolyn B. Heller highlighted Ottawa in her piece for Moon Travel Guides Toronto to Ottawa: A Celebratory Canadian Road Trip.
  • Freelance writers Jim Byers and Jennifer Allford, in collaboration with other travel media, produced the awesome round-up of 150 Reasons to Celebrate Canada on Its 150th Birthday in Hemisphere’s July 2017 issue.
  • TMAC member Jane Canapini produced a great culinary piece on her blog
  • After his visit to Ottawa in June, travel writer Bert Archer featured Ottawa’s local museums in his piece What a Nuclear Bunker Taught Me About Museums.
  • Ottawa Tourism’s Senior Director of Destination Development, Catherine Frechette spoke to Metro News about how the upcoming wayfinding initiative will enhance the visitor experience.
  • At the end of August and in conjunction with Destination Canada, Ottawa Tourism hosted 14 travel media from around the world who were in town to celebrate the Great Trail Connection Celebration at Major’s Hill Park, also providing assistance to the Great Trail team with information on what to do in Ottawa in the article Extend your Great Trail experience stay in Ottawa
  • At the end of July, Ottawa Tourism’s Communications team hosted a La Machine Travel Media Viewing Party on the rooftop patio of the new El Camino ByWard Market location which showcased spectacular views of the urban theatre event to media from Australia, South Korea, the United States, and Canada.
  • Ottawa Tourism hosted travel writer Jennifer Allford back in mid-May and she continues to produce great coverage following her visit. Her piece, 5 things to love about Ottawa, highlights some of the capital’s gems, while Make your own history at Ottawa’s beloved Laff showcases Ottawa’s oldest tavern, Château Lafayette.
  • Back in May, Ottawa Tourism hosted Montréal-based culinary writer ève Dumas who produced this great piece on her stay at the Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market.
  • Australian travel writer Adam Ford spoke about what to do, what to see, and where to eat in Ottawa during a radio interview.
  • Local blogger Shannon Leverette of Shannon’s View From Here posted a great foodie piece about Ottawa 2017’s Sky Lounge event on the local travel blog Turnipseed Travel.
  • Travel writer Melissa Klurman showcased Le Cordon Bleu in her delicious Reader’s Digest piece.
  • Following their visit to Ottawa in mid-May, Brazilian travel writers Nadia Bochi and Silvia Heinz featured Ottawa’s cultural and food scenes in a number of videos in Portuguese.
  • This past winter, Ottawa Tourism hosted U.K. travel writer Chris Michael during Winterlude. He recently produced a piece in the Sun highlighting winter in Ottawa.
  • Earlier this year, Ottawa Tourism assisted Mexican writer Gabriella Morales-Casas with information on the exciting events happening in 2017, which are now highlighted in El Universal, a major daily newspaper.
  • Ottawa Tourism’s Director of Communications, Jantine Van Kregten, and Corporate Communications Specialist, Nives Scott, were interviewed by CTV Morning Live. While Nives spoke about what to do in Ottawa during the Colonel By Day holiday weekend in August, Jantine spoke of some Ottawa 2017 signature events happening during the last weekend of July.
  • Jantine was also interviewed by Jacquie Miller for her piece Canada 150: The celebration isn’t over yet this summer in Ottawa.
  • Culinary media from all around the world and from coast to coast to coast in Canada were in town for the Ottawa 2017 signature event, Canada’s Table, and to discover the Ottawa food and drink scene. Renowned Montréal-based food critic Lesley Chesterman speaks of the event and walks us through the Ottawa culinary scene in her radio segment, Ottawa un bon endroit pour goûter le Canada on ici Radio Canada and speaks of restaurants, cafés, breweries, and other foodie spots in her Montreal Gazette article Lesley Chesterman: A meal in Ottawa is a capital idea
  • The news about Canada’s Table travelled all the way to Japan with travel journalist Keiichiro Otsuka speaking of the experience on the Kyodo News
  • At the end of July, Ottawa Tourism assisted U.S. travel media who were in town in partnership with Marriott International. As a result of her visit in Ottawa, Matilde Wergeland produced a great piece on the Vogue website called A Restorative Weekend Away in Ottawa, and Michelle Uy featured our capital in her Huffington Post article The Age of Canada: Best Ways to Celebrate the Country’s 150th.
  • Ottawa Tourism hosted travel writer Judy Hammond for the CP Canadian Women’s Open tournament and she produced this great piece on her blog, Roadstories. Travel writer Hans Tammemagi also produced a piece on Indigenous Tourism in Ottawa on the Roadstories blog.
  • At the end of August and in conjunction with Destination Canada, Ottawa Tourism hosted travel media from around the world who were in town to celebrate the Great Trail Connection Celebration at Major’s Hill Park and coverage is already coming in! German travel writer Katrin Lehr recounts her stay in Ottawa on her blog Viel Unterwegs.
  • Following his recent visit to Ottawa, President of the Ontario TMAC Chapter and travel writer, Paul Knowles speaks of his experience in Ottawa in his Kitchener Post piece Complexity in our nation’s capital.
  • Head over to TMAC member Jane Canapini’s blog to relive some La Machine nostalgia.
  • The Quirky Traveller, Zoë Dawes, visited Ottawa as part of an initiative by top U.K. travel bloggers to visit Canadian cities in celebration of Canada 150 and she continues to produce great coverage highlighting our capital in her most recent piece: Visit Ottawa and discover Canada’s capital city of colourful charm.
  • Montréal food writer, An Tran produced a great video about Ottawa 2017’s Sky Lounge event on her YouTube channel, MtlFoodsnob.
  • Following her visit to Ottawa in partnership with Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market, business reporter from Scotland Emma Newlands produced this great travel piece in The Scotsman.
  • Ottawa Tourism, in partnership with Destination Canada France, assisted Amandine Garcia, Chief Editor of Elle France, and social media influencer, Pauline Privez. They recap their Ontario road trip and time in Ottawa in their respective pieces, La belle vie canadienne and Canada: Road Trip en Ontario.
  • Senior Editor of the Via Rail blog, Jennifer Bauer, wrote about her car-free girls’ getaway to Ottawa in her post Fun things to do in Ottawa without a car.
  • Vancouver-based blogger Rebecca Bollwitt spoke of the Parliament Buildings in her Miss 604 blog post
  • On the culinary front, Japanese travel writer Sachiko Nagata spoke of her experience at Canada’s Table in the travel writer’s column of the Risvel
  • Following her visit to Ottawa, Canadian travel writer Alison Gardner published a great article in the digital version of Thor Advantage titled Get acquainted with Canada’s Capital any time of year
  • Congratulations to the Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market; Ottawa’s hot new hotel was included in Wallpaper’s Best Urban Hotels 2017: the shortlist
  • Ottawa Tourism hosted travel writer Jennifer Allford back in mid-May and she continues to produce great coverage following her visit. Her piece Make your own history at Ottawa’s beloved Laff showcases Ottawa’s oldest tavern, Château Lafayette.
  • New-York based Michael Kaminer speaks gives all the reasons on why people should visit Ottawa during the winter in his piece on The Points Guy, while Canadian travel writer, Alana Willerton features the capital in her WestJet Magazine article, 10 Reasons We’re Excited About Winter in Canada.
  • Ottawa Tourism hosted U.K.-based food blogger Niamh Shields back in June, and she continues to produce great coverage following her visit. On Great British Chefs, Niamh shows off Ottawa’s delicious culinary and craft beer scene side in her pieces Ottawa’s thriving food scene, and Ottawa’s best food and drink producers.
  • Ottawa Tourism hosted Zoë Dawes of the U.K.-based The Quirky Traveller back in June and she continues to produce great coverage, this time highlighting Ottawa’s foodie scene in her piece: A funky Food Tour of hipsterish Hintonburg in Ottawa.
  • In early October, Ottawa Tourism hosted Montréal TV and radio personality and travel writer Jean-Michel Dufaux. On his blog, Siège Hublot, he speaks of his time in Ottawa in his piece Ottawa Autrement and he lists his top 5 coffee shops in his Café Barista piece Où boire du café de qualité à Ottawa?
  • Sarah Pittard from Solo Mom Takes Flight rounds up some of the fun festive activities taking place around Canada’s capital region on the Tekaroo website.
  • After his visit to Ottawa in October, blogger Sultan Sandur recaps his weekend in his blog post on Just Sultan and goes over his favourite food spots in his piece Ottawa: My Foodie Picks for Canada’s Capital City.
  • Canadian Affair, presents a two-day Ottawa itinerary in their 48 hours in Ottawa
  • Miriam Porter highlights the Canadian Museum of Nature in her round-up CAA blog post Five Unique Ontario Museums.
  • Toronto-based travel writer Toby Saltzman visited Ottawa produced an elaborate piece on Everything Zoomer about World War One in time for Remembrance Day, and in it she highlights the Canadian War Museum as a great place to find out more about WWI.
  • Vancouver-based travel writer, Lukas Aykroyd interviews REDBLACKS player Brad Sinopoli, who gives his tips and tricks on what to do when visiting Ottawa in the Via Rail piece, For Brad Sinopoli, Life in Ottawa is a Touchdown.
  • Ottawa’s very own Laura Byrne Paquet showcases the capital’s cycling scene in her Voyagers World piece, and introduces Capital highlights in her Dreamscapes
  • In conjunction with Destination Canada, Ottawa Tourism hosted 14 travel media from around the world in late August to celebrate the Great Trail Connection Celebration at Major’s Hill Park, and coverage continues to come in. Recently, Curve Magazine’s Editor in Chief, Merryn Johns published a piece on how Ottawa celebrated Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.
  • Montréal-based travel writer Sarah Staples visited Ottawa at the end of October as part of an Ottawa-Outaouais family road trip. She speaks of the experience in her piece A meander around the Ottawa region for food, fun and history, published on PostMedia Network’s Driving
  • ELLE Canada production editor Ciara Rickard was hosted by the Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market back in May and she recently produced the great piece 6 hotels perfect for a weekend getaway.
  • Ottawa-born travel blogger Jennifer Vukojevic returned to her hometown in December for a visit and produced two great posts on her blog A Map, Fork and Cork. Her piece Romantic things to do in Ottawa this winter inspires a winter getaway for any type of travelling couple, while her piece 20 photos to inspire you to visit fun places in Ottawa showcases some of Ottawa’s most Instagrammable spots.
  • Following her visit to Ottawa, Montréal travel blogger Nathalie Katinakis published a great piece on her blog, Une porte sur deux continents profiling the ByWard Market neighbourhood.
  • Michael Zhang, a translator based in Toronto who often accompanies Chinese media groups to Ottawa, showcased Ottawa in a great article that was shared on National Geographic Traveler China’s WeChat
  • At the end of November, Ottawa Tourism hosted a small group of travel media from around the country who were in town to partake in the Grey Cup festivities and content is already starting to surface! Toronto-based travel journalist Rod Charles produced the piece Grey Cup festival kicks off in Ottawa on ca.
  • Ottawa Tourism hosted travel writer Kim Gray and she produced a great culinary piece showcasing Le Cordon Bleu. Another delicious piece was published on Travelsquire, presenting Le Cordon Bleu’s Chef Herve Chabert’s favourite Ottawa’s spots.
  • Ottawa Tourism assisted travel blogger Jordan Adkins with his visit to Ottawa in mid-November and as a result he compiled his top 10 reasons you have to go to Ottawa now, Canada’s capital of cool on his blog, Inspired by Maps.
  • In October, Ottawa Tourism assisted Australian-based travel writer Penny Watson with information on the exciting New Year’s Eve events happening in Ottawa, which are now highlighted in Silverkris, Singapore Airlines’ online magazine.
  • Vancouver-based travel writer Lucas Aykroyd spoke about some of his favourite spots in his Via Rail piece on Where to eat Canada’s best and heartiest meals.
  • Following her visit to Ottawa, travel writer and photographer Helen Suk produced some great content on Nordik Spa-Nature on her blog, Not Without My Passport.