Ottawa Tourism

Winter 2017

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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2017 Highlights

2017 Highlights

Ottawa is celebration central as Canada marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation! Here’s a sampling of the kinds of not-to-be-missed events happening in Canada’s Capital this year.

Inspiration Village credit Ottawa 2017Inspiration Village May 20 – Sep 4
This magnificent village made of shipping containers and designed in part by members of the Royal Architectural Institute will rise on York Street in the ByWard Market and celebrate Canada’s provinces and territories throughout the summer.

Underground multimedia experience | Ottawa 2017Kontinuum, Mid-June — Mid-September
This first of its kind, spine-tingling multimedia experience will transform one of Ottawa’s new underground LRT stations into an interactive voyage of sound and light.

Centre for Global PluralismGlobal Centre for Pluralism Spring 2017
This all-new centre in the former Canadian War Museum next to the National Gallery of Canada will become an international destination for dialogue about the foundations and benefits of pluralism.

Chaudiere FallsMagnificence of Chaudière Falls Late–Sep – Early-Nov
This magical sound and light show at Chaudière Falls will celebrate local First Nations for whom the falls have long been a special and sacred gathering place.

National Arts CentreCanada Scene, Jun 15 – Jul 23 
The National Arts Centre will celebrate Canadian performing artists with six full weeks of music, dance and theatre featuring hundreds of top performers from across the country.

Checking in with Ottawa hotels

Checking in with Ottawa hotels

Many Ottawa hotel properties have been getting dressed for the 2017 party. Here are some highlights.

Lord Elgin Hotel RoomRenovations
The Lord Elgin Hotel is completing an extensive guestroom and corridor renovation. The renovations render a more sophisticated and contemporary look while staying true to the architecture of this historic building.

Tour Times January Indigo Hotel LobbyRe-Branding
In mid-February, the Hotel Indigo Ottawa will drop the Indigo brand and be known as The Metcalfe Hotel. The property will take on a “boutique hotel feel” and will touch on its history as the original home of the Ottawa YMCA and the birthplace on Carleton University.

Sheraton Hotel Lobby RenovatedRenewal
The Sheraton Ottawa Hotel has completed renovations to its lobby and will complete guestroom renovations by April 2017. 

Tour Times January Ottawa Embassy HotelRejuvenation
The Ottawa Embassy Hotel and Suites is excited to announce they have completed their full renovation of all guestrooms. The rooms have been redesigned to emphasis a focus on both style and sophistication.

New marvels at national museums & more!

New marvels at national museums & more!

Many of Ottawa’s leading national museums are opening new galleries and exhibitions that will still be here to visit after Canada’s big year!

National Gallery of CanadaNational Gallery of Canada
Opening June 15, the new Canadian and Indigenous Galleries will present Canada’s Masterpieces: Our Stories in this completely re-visioned 45,000 square foot gallery, telling the story of Canadian art interwoven with the history and art of Canada’s Indigenous People.

Canadian History HallCanadian Museum of History
July 1, the Museum unveils its all-new Canadian History Hall, a signature gallery will trace Canada’s history from the dawn of human habitation to the present day. Authentic artifacts and stories are explored through various lenses, as visitors encounter the events, movements and personalities that have shaped our nation, and whose influence on our lives can still be felt today.

Arctic PhotographyCanadian Museum of Nature
June 21, the Museum opens its all-new Canada Goose Arctic Gallery, where visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the Arctic’s nature history and human connections through four broad themes: climate, geography, sustainability and ecosystems.

Science and Technology MuseumCanada Science and Technology Museum
In November, the Museum will open in a stunning new building housing five main galleries offering interactive and immersive experiences: creating and using knowledge; children’s gallery; moving and connecting; technology in our lives; transforming resources.

The Bank of Canada MuseumBank of Canada Museum
The Museum re-opens in a sparkling new building in the heart of downtown, with new permanent exhibition halls, a bright and open visitor centre, gift shop, educational space and more.

Bytown MuseumBytown Museum
Through February 2018, the Museum will present A Century of Community, featuring 100 eclectic, unique and beautiful pieces telling the story of Bytown and Ottawa, its people, and its evolution from lumber town to the capital of Canada.

Arts Court
Opening in 2017, this $100 million development will house a 250-seat multipurpose and film screening room, a 120-seat theatre and the Ottawa Art Gallery in a mixed-use 21-storey tower that will also include a new Le Germain Hotel and condos.



Congratulations to Aboriginal Experiences for winning Best Cultural Ambassador, A National Award at the 2016 IATC Gala Awards! Each of the winners was selected for ongoing dedication to increase the profile of Aboriginal tourism experiences throughout Canada. For information on products offered by Aboriginal Tourism, please visit

Coming at you!

Coming at you!

Ottawa Tourism will be attending these events during early 2017. We hope to see you!

February 26 – March 2 | NTA Travel Exchange | St Louis, MN

March 28 – 30 | Toronto Sales Blitz | Toronto, ON


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