Ottawa Tourism

tour times

January 2019

Tour Times is the official newsletter of Ottawa Tourism’s Travel Trade department, providing Travel Trade professionals with important industry information and Ottawa Tourism member updates. 

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New in Ottawa

New in Ottawa

New parliament tours begin February 2019

While Centre Block undergoes rehabilitation, visitors will be able to explore Canada’s Senate and House of Commons. Free tours can be booked using the new online reservation system.

Ottawa transit is getting a big upgrade in the new year

The new light rail transit (LRT) system that will connect the city east to west through downtown is opening soon! It will conveniently link hotels, meeting facilities, shopping centres and the train station. In stage two, the LRT will link to the airport and expand further east, west and south.

Ottawa’s international airport is getting a $25-million renovation

A new and improved food court, retail space and relocation of passenger screening will drastically enhance the traveler’s experience. Part of the renovation plan includes a new airport hotel and connection to the LRT system for smoother visitor logistics.

Unique group activities

Unique group activities

New Hotels

Le Germain Hotel Ottawa (downtown) 115 rooms – opened Spring 2018.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Ottawa Airport (airport) 232 rooms – opened November 2018.

Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Downtown (downtown) 171 rooms – opened December 2018.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Ottawa Downtown (downtown) 175 rooms – opened December 2018.

Sandman Signature Ottawa Airport Hotel – Under Construction (airport) 201 rooms – scheduled to open in 2019.

HI Ottawa Jail

Spend the night in jail! Ottawa’s 150-year old former jail turned hostel offers visitors unique accommodations with a storied past. Great for groups looking for a thrill, HI Ottawa Jail gives guests the option of shared rooms, private rooms and even solitary confinement! Located in the heart of downtown and filled with amenities, it’s one of the most unique places to stay.

Nature Nocturne

Trying to attract the museum-goer, nature lover and night owl at once? Nature Nocturne happens on the last Friday of every month – an exciting themed event that allows guests to explore galleries after hours, wander the castle and dance the night away to a live DJ.


Let's meet

Let's meet

Ottawa Tourism will be attending these events during 2018. We hope to see you!

Jan. 25-29-ABA Annual Marketplace-Louisville, Kentucky. Feb. 5-14-Destination Canada Corroboree-Australia. Feb. 26-28-Montreal/Quebec City Sales Blitz-Montreal & Quebec City. Mar. 6-10-ITB Berlin-Berlin, Germany. Mar. 27-30-NTA Contact-Tucson, Arizona.


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