Ottawa

May 4-6, 2018

Hotel

Novotel Ottawa is a trendy full-service 4-star hotel set in the heart of downtown Ottawa. Located just steps to the Byward Market and the Rideau Canal, a short walk to the Parliament and across the street from the Rideau Shopping Centre - the leading shopping destination in the city. The Novotel Ottawa is perfectly situated across from the Shaw Centre (Ottawa Convention Centre) and the University of Ottawa is a short walk from the hotel. The hotel also happens to be only 5 minutes from the University of Ottawa Minto Sports Complex.

Parking

On-Site self parking for $28 per day (plus tax). Includes unlimited in/out privileges. Rates subject to change.

Entertainment

Ottawa is Canada’s capital, an urban centre on the edge of nature where you can enjoy the great outdoors - just outside your hotel room, and nearby in the surrounding country side. There’s an easy cosmopolitan vibe here, and Ottawa is known for being both welcoming and walkable. Explore the distinctive local neighbourhoods, including the historic ByWard Market: by day this area boasts a bustling farmers’ market and chic shops, by night it hums with activity at the restaurants, pubs, and nightclubs.

This is also a city that enjoys the finer things in life, with a culinary community that’s earning wide acclaim, unique boutiques and shopping districts, a lively local music and art scene, and always exciting nightlife.

Parliament Hill

Parliament Hill is home of Canada’s national government and the setting for national celebrations the year round. Each morning during summer months, the front lawn of Parliament Hill is the setting of the daily Changing of the Guard ceremony; each evening the public is invited to gather again to witness the awe-inspiring Sound and Light show – spectacular lighting effects and stunning giant images projected on the Parliament Buildings set to words and music. In December, it’s bathed in brilliant colours of Christmas Lights Across Canada.

ByWard Market

For nearly 200 years this rollicking public market has played host to artisans, farmers and craft merchants who converge year round to sell their speciality items and wares. The downtown ByWard Market, just a short walk from Parliament Hill, also houses numerous cafés and some of the city’s best pubs and restaurants. And when the streetlights turn on, the market becomes one of the spots in Ottawa to grab a late night drink and catch some live music.

Royal Canadian Mint

The Royal Canadian Mint is more than just a respected part of the Canadian experience – it’s an iconic brand honouring national achievements and themes since 1908. As an interesting and educational destination that’s open daily – 12 months a year – visitors are invited to tour the Mint's Ottawa manufacturing facility where the precise art and craft of coin-making is revealed. The Mint’s on-site boutique also features a large selection of unique gifts, collectibles and souvenirs. For quality, craftsmanship and innovation, the Royal Canadian Mint is one of the world's most respected manufacturers.

Rideau Canal 

If you’re coming to Ottawa, a visit to the historic Rideau Canal is a must! Snaking and making its way gracefully through Ottawa’s charming downtown core, “the canal” as it’s known locally, is the heart beat of Canada’s Capital in any season. In the warmer months, the canal is a haven for walkers, runners, in-line skaters and cyclists, who stroll along its scenic, rolling green banks. It is also a beautiful, flowing waterway connecting Kingston, Ontario, to Ottawa, which is used regularly by boaters and paddlers alike. Whether it is tourists out on a scenic walk or a guided boat cruise, or a local resident out for a morning run, the canal is always buzzing with activity on a bright sunny day. Built between 1826 and 1832 by Colonel John By of the British Royal Engineers, the stone-walled canal received a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation in 2007 and is the only such site in the entire province of Ontario!

Casino du Lac Leamy

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 the jackpot. The Casino also hosts a number of concerts and entertainment shows, boasts three bars — including a cigar room in Bacchus — and a number of top-notch dining options.

Aléa Nightclub

While at the casino why not spend your winnings at one of the hottest nightclubs in the area. Tucked in a spectacular structure overlooking the Casino du Lac-Leamy gaming area, ALÉA is the destination nightclub par excellence to appreciate the best in nightlife. With its six VIP sections and service by the bottle, state-of-the-art technological equipment and unique architecture, ALÉA brings the art of celebration to a whole new level.

Ottawa's Oldest Tavern

Opened in 1849 and originally named Grant’s Hotel, the Chateau Lafayette is one of the oldest institutions in Ottawa. Over the years we’ve been known as Grant’s Hotel, The Exchange Hotel, The Bodega, The Salmon Arms, The Johnson House, and The Dominion House. In 1936, we became Chateau Lafayette, and erected the iconic sign — now believed to be the oldest neon sign in the city.