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A Remarkable Night Out in Ottawa: Dinner in the Sky...
A Remarkable Night Out in Ottawa: Dinner in the Sky...
July 20
If you're looking for unique experiences this summer, you’re in for some surprises in Ottawa! Special celebrations are taking place all year long to honour Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Don’t miss this high-flying gourmet experience and multi-sensorial shows this summer.  The Sky Lounge Sky Lounge is a temporary gourmet event that takes you 150 feet above the city from July 7 to 22, 2017. The lounge lifts up at Ottawa City Hall, so from…
Ottawa’s Sweets and Treats
Ottawa’s Sweets and Treats
March 13
Ottawa is a very sweet city. Don’t believe us? Try these decadent desserts that Canada’s Capital City has to offer, and see for yourself. In the ByWard Market Neighbourhood BeaverTails: The BeaverTails stand sits right next to Lois N’ Frima’s in the ByWard Market. A trip to Ottawa is not complete without sampling this classic Canadian pastry, so named because the pastry looks like a beaver tail. These Canadian treats…
St. Patrick’s Day in Ottawa
St. Patrick’s Day in Ottawa
March 8
With Ottawa's Irish Festival running from March 9-18 there are plenty of fun and exciting things to do throughout the week. Not only are there are activities to participate in as part of the festival, and many Irish pubs around the city that are sure to be celebrating Irish heritage for St. Patrick's Day on March 17. Proclamation - March 9 Join Mayor Jim Watson at Ottawa City Hall as…
5-day Itinerary: A Holiday Season Getaway to Ottawa
5-day Itinerary: A Holiday Season Getaway to Ottawa
November 16
When it comes to the holiday season, there’s no denying the charm of Ottawa, Canada’s Capital. From its lovely, decorated museums and storefronts to thousands upon thousands of twinkling lights, it’s hard not to walk around the city and be in a cheerful mood.Thinking of a little getaway this holiday season? Well, we can help with that. Check out these ideas for a 5-day trip to Ottawa. Follow this itinerary…
Ottawa Ambassadors – Chef Marc Lepine
Ottawa Ambassadors – Chef Marc Lepine
November 8
If you’ve never been to Atelier, you’ll want to add it to your Ottawa bucket list as soon as possible. Located at 540 Rochester St., just steps from Ottawa’s Little Italy neighbourhood, Atelier is housed in an unassuming, grey building with no sign. Perhaps reflecting the personality of its warm, humble and down-to-earth owner, Atelier sort of quietly blends into its surroundings. But don’t let its simple exterior façade fool…
5 Ways to Discover Ottawa’s Craft Beer Scene this Fall!
5 Ways to Discover Ottawa’s Craft Beer Scene this Fall!
August 11
Though we wish we could hold onto summer and its glorious heat, the arrival of fall in Ottawa means a crisp, fresh breeze, beautiful fall colours and… Delicious craft beer events! Ottawa is home to an exploding craft beer scene that has seen many local breweries and craft beer events emerge over the last few years. From Ottawa’s rural areas to its bustling downtown core, you’ll either find a craft…
New at CF Rideau Centre this season
New at CF Rideau Centre this season
August 8
If you’ve been to Ottawa over the past few years, you may have noticed that CF Rideau Centre – Ottawa’s downtown shopping mall has been undergoing some big changes, including a new structure that will extend the mall down Rideau Street, towards Nicholas Street.Last fall, Rideau Centre announced the opening of several new high-end retailers, including Tiffany & Co., Kate Spade, Stuart Weitzman and the much anticipated Nordstrom, among others.…
Oktoberfest in the Capital Region
Oktoberfest in the Capital Region
August 5
There are a variety of places and ways to celebrate Oktoberfest, the original outdoor beer and food festival, in Canada’s Capital Region this fall. Whether you want to be in the heart of downtown or surrounded by nature, we’ve got you covered. Check out this list of Oktoberfest events going on in Ottawa!Beau’s Oktoberfest 2016Vankleek Hill, ON | Sept. 23 – 24, 2016Food, beer, music and fun for the whole…
Ottawa’s Craft Beer Boom
Ottawa’s Craft Beer Boom
July 21
A growing craft brewery community and a resulting local beer fan following will see small breweries emerge in each Ottawa area neighbourhood, owner and operator of Ottawa-based company Brew Donkey – a craft beer tour service – Brad Campeau says.If you’re looking for good craft beer, Ottawa is the place to be. Canada’s Capital has become home to a booming craft beer scene, which has seen several new breweries open…
A Savoury Night Out with Ottawa Tasting Tours
A Savoury Night Out with Ottawa Tasting Tours
July 12
If you’re looking for a fun, delectable night out in Ottawa with friends, family or even co-workers, look no further than Ottawa Tasting Tours.Coming up on its one-year anniversary, this local company opened last July to offer contemporary and fine dining culinary tours of Ottawa’s historic ByWard Market neighbourhood. On one of these tours, you’ll get to discover some of the best culinary gems downtown Ottawa has to offer.According to…
Prescott-Russell’s Growing Microbrewery Circuit is Energizing our Communities!
Prescott-Russell’s Growing Microbrewery Circuit is Energizing our Communities!
July 11
Have you heard? The county of Prescott-Russell has become a go-to destination for beer lovers, complementing its growing culinary and agro-tourism businesses wonderfully…what better way to beat the summer heat than a drive into the region for beer, cheese, wine, fruits and berries, and so much more! In about the time it takes to “down a pint”, Embrun, in the township of Russell, has instantly become a beer destination!  With two…
Discover Ottawa’s Gourmet Food Trucks and Carts!
Discover Ottawa’s Gourmet Food Trucks and Carts!
June 1
Ottawa, Canada’s beautiful capital city, is home to a thriving culinary scene in which gourmet dining options abound. But did you know that Ottawa’s upscale dining scene even extends down to its food trucks and carts? Yes, in Ottawa, it’s easy to find a gourmet meal on the go as the city is home to more than 60 different street vendors. From gourmet pancakes, to delicious barbecue, to crave worthy…
A Taste of Canadiana in Ottawa
A Taste of Canadiana in Ottawa
May 23
If you’re looking for an authentic Canadian experience on the go, Ottawa’s ByWard Market neighbourhood is not to be missed. The ByWard Market is one of the oldest and largest farmers’ markets in Canada, but it is also the name of the eclectic area that surrounds it. Head into this bustling area of Ottawa’s downtown core to discover unique Ottawa culinary delights, beloved by locals and tourists alike. From a…
Family-Friendly Restaurants in Ottawa
Family-Friendly Restaurants in Ottawa
April 22
Please click the icon to see more info. In Ottawa with the family? With all of the sightseeing, exploring and fun you’ll be having, you and the little ones are bound to get hungry. But in a city that offers everything from gourmet food trucks to Four-Diamond Award restaurants, how do you know where to go? Don’t worry! We’ve put together a list of Ottawa’s five best kid-friendly establishments. There…
Discover Ottawa’s Best Summer Patios
Discover Ottawa’s Best Summer Patios
April 10
There’s a lot to see and do in Ottawa during the warmer weather months! Stroll along the banks of the scenic Rideau Canal – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – or paddleboard across Dows Lake. You can visit a national museum and see some of Canada’s priceless artifacts or wander the grounds of the beautiful Parliament Hill, where the country’s most important political decisions are made. You’re sure to get…
Get to Know the Flavours of Ottawa
Get to Know the Flavours of Ottawa
March 28
If you’re looking for different culinary experiences in one place, Ottawa – Canada’s beautiful capital – has a lot to offer. From high-end, fine dining, to local gems, to a selection of culinary tours – there’s even a craft beer tour company – you’re bound to find something to make your taste buds happy.Not sure where to start? We’ve put together a list of five Ottawa gems that will help…
Ottawa: Glorious Indoors, Glorious Outdoors
Ottawa: Glorious Indoors, Glorious Outdoors
March 22
As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is a vibrant city that offers a little bit of everything from great shopping, to fabulous restaurants, fantastic cultural attractions and even, a little bit of outdoor adventure. Add its compact, walkable downtown core to the mix and you’ve got a great getaway destination in any season!Originally a rowdy lumber town on the unruly banks of the untamed Ottawa River, this now cosmopolitan city offers the…
Going Out in Ottawa
Going Out in Ottawa
March 8
Please click the icon to see more info.Canada’s capital awakens when the sun goes down! If you’re looking to go out in downtown Ottawa, the ByWard Market neighbourhood is where you want to be. Home to local farmers, artisans and boutiques during the day, this area becomes the epicenter of Ottawa’s nightlife after dark.Whether you’re into country, Latin music, house or Jazz, one of “the Market’s” countless bars and clubs…
5 Fun First Date Ideas
5 Fun First Date Ideas
March 2
Are you getting bored of typical first dates and looking for something different? Why not try something fun and exciting to get to know your date better while having a good time. After all, getting to know someone is easier when you’re both comfortable and having fun! We’ve put together a list of places you can go that aren’t your average first date clichés.Zak’s DinerFrom the classic diner food to…
Eat Local with FEAST ON & Savour Ottawa!
Eat Local with FEAST ON & Savour Ottawa!
January 27
The delectable Murray Street restaurant in the ByWard Market neighbourhood and the wholesome Thyme & Again in Ottawa’s Wellington West neighbourhood are both members of Feast On.Launched by the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance (OCTA), Feast On is a culinary program that recognizes establishments that are committed to showcasing Ontario’s unique tastes and flavours. According to OCTA, to be a member of Feast On, 25 per cent of a restaurant’s annual…
10 romantic ideas for an Ottawa Valentine’s Day!
10 romantic ideas for an Ottawa Valentine’s Day!
January 22
Think your partner might enjoy receiving yet ANOTHER teddy bear with red heart-shaped paws for Valentine’s Day? Not so fast…Why not think outside of the box this February and step up the WOW factor for your loved ones. There are plenty of great things going on in Ottawa for Valentine’s Day that are sure to impress that “special someone” in your life (or, at least help you on your way).…
Great Ottawa Restaurants
Great Ottawa Restaurants
January 21
Ottawa has a very vibrant culinary community with a multitude of restaurant options. Here’s a short list of just a few of the great restaurant options in Ottawa. Signatures Restaurant at Le Cordon Bleu Signatures Restaurant at Le Cordon Bleu offers an exceptional cuisine, a unique setting and luxurious hospitality for your next culinary experience. More than just a bistro, Signatures Restaurant at Le Cordon Bleu brings a modern twist…
Ottawa Winter Warm Up
Ottawa Winter Warm Up
January 12
Top indoor activities in the Nation's Capital to warm you up this winter! Ottawa is well known for its array of lively winter activities. From skating down the world famous Rideau Canal Skateway, to enjoying cross country skiing in Gatineau Park, the Nation’s Capital is a great destination for those who look forward to the frostier time of year. However, for those of us who enjoy the comforts of warmth,…
A Chocolate Shop Unlike Any Other
A Chocolate Shop Unlike Any Other
October 7
If you’re looking for delectable edible works of art, you don’t have to fly to far off European destinations like France or Switzerland. Simply take a walk through the ByWard Market neighbourhood to visit locally-owned Stubbe Chocolates, which received the ‘Top Choice Award’ for Top Chocolate Boutique in Ottawa in 2014!Operating in the ByWard Market since 1989, Stubbe offers ornately decorated solid and hollow chocolate figurines, 45 different types of…
An Ottawa Classic: Mezzanotte Bistro Italiano
An Ottawa Classic: Mezzanotte Bistro Italiano
September 14
As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is home to a bustling culinary scene that offers cuisine from all corners of the world. New restaurants abound in the busy and charming ByWard Market neighbourhood, which doubles as Ottawa’s entertainment district. But among the area’s new, trendy, independent coffee shops, boutiques and up-and-coming restaurants, old Ottawa gems such as Mezzanotte Bistro Italiano still thrive. If Italian cuisine is what you’re after, this is the…
Discover Downtown Ottawa’s Great Coffee Shops
Discover Downtown Ottawa’s Great Coffee Shops
September 14
If you’re looking for a great local coffee shop, Ottawa has quite a few options for you to choose from. From busy, brightly lit spots to quieter, cozy, wood-covered cafés, Canada’s charming capital has a coffee scene for whatever mood you might be in.Whether you want to catch up with a group of friends or steal away to a quiet corner, one of these downtown area independent coffee shops will…
Get to know the new, revamped CF Rideau Centre this...
Get to know the new, revamped CF Rideau Centre this...
August 28
One of CF Rideau Centre’s newest additions, United-States-based retailer Nordstrom, opened in the shopping centre at the beginning of March much to the delight of excited Ottawa consumers.The apparel, shoes and accessories retailer, which carries luxury brands such as Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Coach, Valentino and Prada among many others, came into the city just as Ottawa’s other luxury department store Holt Renfrew closed its doors. Occupying two floors in…
Get an insider’s look at Le Cordon Bleu with a...
Get an insider’s look at Le Cordon Bleu with a...
August 11
When you think of Le Cordon Bleu, you might think of the classic 1950’s film Sabrina with Audrey Hepburn. A young woman goes to the Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Institute in Paris and attends cooking classes, while a French chef with a thick Parisian accent tells her repeatedly to “Crack the egg!” But if this is the image you have in mind of Le Cordon Bleu, I can tell you…
Sip Wine & Savour Delicious Cheese Just Outside of Ottawa’s...
Sip Wine & Savour Delicious Cheese Just Outside of Ottawa’s...
July 29
Ottawa, Canada’s beautiful capital, is home to great culinary tours as well as many award-winning restaurants. But did you know that Ottawa’s thriving culinary scene also delves into locally-made wine and cheese? It’s true! And what better to go with great wine than great cheese?You might wonder how vines and grapes can survive in a climate that is cold for about five months of the year (roughly November to March),…
Find handmade Canadian clothing at Workshop Studio & Boutique
Find handmade Canadian clothing at Workshop Studio & Boutique
July 29
Whether you’re shopping in Ottawa for something special for yourself or you’re with a group of girlfriends for a getaway, you’ll want to include Workshop Studio & Boutique on your list of stores to visit in Canada’s Capital.Located at 242 Dalhousie Street in the busy ByWard Market neighbourhood, this bright and airy boutique is worth a visit to find something unique that is made by a female Canadian designer. And…
Happy Hour Deals in Ottawa!
Happy Hour Deals in Ottawa!
March 13
So you’ve done a full day of sightseeing in Canada’s Capital. You’ve visited some of Ottawa’s interesting national museums, you’ve seen the sights offered by the Rideau Canal – Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site –and you’ve taken in a bird’s eye view of the city from Parliament Hill’s iconic Peace Tower. All that exploring is sure to make you hungry and thirsty. But where can you get a good…
Nordstrom brings more high-end shopping to CF Rideau Centre this...
Nordstrom brings more high-end shopping to CF Rideau Centre this...
March 3
CF Rideau Centre’s newest addition, high-end United States-based retailer Nordstrom, is all set to open its doors on March 6, 2015 and welcome excited Ottawa shoppers. The apparel, shoes and accessories retailer, which carries high-end brands such as Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Coach and Prada among many others for the whole family, is part of CF Rideau Centre’s $360-million, 180,000-square-foot expansion that will also see other high-end stores such as…
Finding Delicious Vegetarian Fare in Ottawa
Finding Delicious Vegetarian Fare in Ottawa
February 15
As a cosmopolitan city, Ottawa is home to many established and up-and-coming award-winning restaurants. From small, intimate settings to busy, boisterous eateries, you’re sure to find something to suit every mood and every taste in Canada’s Capital. And if your taste is vegetarian, Ottawa has that too! Here are a few suggestions on where to go for great vegetarian fare:The Green Door restaurantLocated at 198 Main Street, just a five-minute drive…
See What Tanger Outlets Has To Offer
See What Tanger Outlets Has To Offer
January 21
This October, Ottawa’s West end welcomed the 89.3-square-metre (293,000-square-foot) Tanger Outlets Mall, which is the first outlet mall of its kind in the city! Located in Kanata, at about a 20-minute drive from downtown Ottawa near the Canadian Tire Centre (CTC), this new outdoor mall offers some of the best brands in fashion for the whole family. From high-end brands such as Coach, Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren, to active…
An Exclusive, Intimate Meal at Signatures Restaurant
An Exclusive, Intimate Meal at Signatures Restaurant
January 21
Signatures Restaurant provides an ambiance, a feeling of exclusivity and a memorable menu that you won’t find anywhere else in the city. If you’re looking for delicious French cuisine in a château-like, softly lit setting, “Signatures” as it’s known locally, is the place for you.This restaurant is located in a historical 1877 former lumber baron mansion just at the end of Laurier Avenue in Ottawa’s downtown core. Here, you will find…
Casino du Lac-Leamy
Casino du Lac-Leamy
January 12
Book a Casino du Lac-Leamy Getaway package to receive $15 in FREE slot machine promotional credits. Take Lady Luck for a night on the town. Located in Gatineau, a short 10-minute drive from Parliament Hill, Casino du Lac-Leamy presents a lively evening out with your friends. Poker! Roulette! Craps! All your favourite games are here, alongside more than 1,800 slot machines waiting for you to take a crack at winning…
Bumping up Beckta’s fine dining experience at 150 Elgin
Bumping up Beckta’s fine dining experience at 150 Elgin
January 9
If you’re looking for a world-class meal in a one-of-a-kind historical setting in Ottawa, Beckta Dining & Wine is where you’ll want to go.Located at 150 Elgin Street in Ottawa’s downtown core, this is “Beckta 2.0,” as the well-known restaurant moved to its new location from Nepean Street this year, after a three-year search for a new home. “When we were approached about taking over the Grant House space, it…
Discover Ottawa’s Craft Beer with Brew Donkey!
Discover Ottawa’s Craft Beer with Brew Donkey!
December 16
What’s better than a cold, sudsy beer at the end of a long hard day? The tall, cool drink sits in front of you, frothing, dripping and just waiting to take all of your weekday worries away.What if you could spend an entire day tasting different local brews and savouring flavours such as chocolate, coffee and grapefruit as they explode out of a delicious, fizzy, golden nectar? Well if you…
Souvenir Shopping in Downtown Ottawa
Souvenir Shopping in Downtown Ottawa
December 12
If you want to bring back a piece of Canada’s capital for someone special back home, Ottawa has many unique shops and boutiques where you’re sure to find great local products that you couldn’t find anywhere else. From locally-made clothing, to interesting jewellery, to arts and crafts, Ottawa has something that will delight your family and friends abroad.If you’re looking for something original, Ottawa’s ByWard Market neighbourhood is a good…
Ottawa’s Political Hangouts
Ottawa’s Political Hangouts
December 12
As Canada’s capital city, Ottawa is home to the Federal Government and the intricate iconic buildings of Parliament Hill, where the country’s most important political decisions are made.These hallowed halls are regularly frequented by Canada’s leaders such as new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Leader of the Opposition Stephen Harper and Green Party leader Elizabeth May. But as these politicians also call Ottawa home, you can find them relaxing off…
M0851: A piece of true Canadiana on Sussex
M0851: A piece of true Canadiana on Sussex
December 12
If you’re looking for a unique piece of clothing that is Canadian-made, you’ll want to visit the m0851 boutique on Sussex Drive, Ottawa’s high-fashion row.Opened just a year ago, this trendy new boutique at 531 Sussex is the retail child of successful businessman Peter Boole, who also owns popular ByWard Market neighbourhood restaurants Social Restaurant & Lounge, e18hteen and Sidedoor. This is the place to shop if you want something…
Aléa: Ottawa-Gatineau’s New Club
Aléa: Ottawa-Gatineau’s New Club
December 12
Aléa, the Casino du Lac-Leamy’s brand new nightclub opened with much fanfare on October 30, 2014, for an industry and media preview the night before its official Halloween launch.Last Thursday night, the Ottawa-Gatineau region’s who’s who were invited to the Casino’s trendy Bar 7 for an exclusive cocktail reception, which was a warm-up to Aléa’s unveiling at 9:30 p.m.As the diverse crowd made up of accountants, fashion bloggers, journalists, tourism…
The Precious Pearl on Sussex Drive…
The Precious Pearl on Sussex Drive…
November 7
If you’re looking for a piece of classy, unique, one-of-a-kind jewellery that you won’t find anywhere else, look no further than MaiYa Pearls!Located on Ottawa’s high-fashion Sussex Drive since 2010, this tiny, quaint boutique offers handmade pearl-based jewellery that is classic and elegant with a modern twist.MaiYa Pearls’ owner, Xiaoling (pronounced “Charlene”) Schmidt, says she works to break the traditional idea of pearls by creating unique pieces that can be…
Savouring Ottawa’s Wine Country
Savouring Ottawa’s Wine Country
November 7
With culinary walking tours and many award-winning restaurants, Ottawa is one of North America’s great foodie destinations! But did you know Canada’s capital, despite its cold winter months, is also home to many vineyards and award-winning wineries, which are located at an easy drive from the downtown core? What better to go with great food than great wine! You might wonder how vines and grapes can survive in a climate…
High-End Shopping on Sussex Drive
High-End Shopping on Sussex Drive
November 7
Many national museums and cultural attractions call Ottawa home, but Canada’s capital city is also home to a bustling high-end shopping scene. From major brightly lit department stores to modest designer ateliers, Ottawa is sure to please even the most discerning shopper. And if you’re staying in Ottawa’s downtown core, Sussex Drive—the city’s high-end fashion row—is only a few steps from any downtown area hotel. Make sure to stop by…