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  • Ottawa: A unique combination of Urban Convenience and Accessible Nature -Canada’s Capital, fourth largest city with 1.1 million people -located in the province of Ontario, across the river from Gatineau, Quebec -walkable city core with a blends of 2 cultures; 2 languages (English and French), 2 provinces, perfect for individual or family exploration -Ottawa- Landmark capital sights, a rich collection of cultural attractions, and a beautiful green natural setting – all wrapped in a relaxed urban vibe.
  • What other capital in the world offers: -The Rideau Canal – the world’s largest skating rink in winter; with summer time canoeing/ kayaking/ boat tours on the canal running through downtown and a UNESCO World Heritage Site? (designated in 2007) -The world’s largest Chamber Music Festival with 250 of the world’s best musicians? -The World’s Largest Tulip Festival? -170 km (105 miles) of recreational pathways within Ottawa for walkers and cyclists to explore? -Abundant nature at your doorstep combined with capital city attractions? -The ability to see beavers in their natural habitat 15 minutes from the downtown core? Ottawa’s Got it All!
  • Ottawa acts as a convenient hub for trips to: -Montreal and Kingston (both 2 hours by car), -Toronto and Quebec City (4 1/2 and 5 hours respectively) -U.S .border 1 hour drive Direct international connections by air to: -Ottawa - London -Ottawa - Frankfurt
  • Ottawa –three rivers: Ottawa River, Gatineau River & Rideau River -Rideau Canal runs thought the urban center of downtown Ottawa -Ottawa River separates the two provinces, Ontario and Quebec and the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau
  • Ottawa Tourism Contact: General information: Travel Trade: Ottawa Tourism #1800, 130 Albert St. Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5G4 Tel:(613) 237-5150 Toll free in North America 1-800-363-4465
  • Parliament Hill -working Parliament open for public tours; Canada and Germany are the only 2 G8 countries that allow observation of a working parliament -open year round for public tours, free admission, allow 1 ½ -2 hour for visit due to security checks; tour one hour -Summer months: leisure visitors can book a timed visit to allow for more free time to explore; pick up free tickets at the large tent located on the lawn of Parliament Hill -Changing the Guard ceremony in front of Parliament Hill, 10 am daily, end of June- end of August Sound and Light Show -projected on the front of the Parliament Buildings -nightly from July – September; 1 hour, free admission -features the heroes and story of Canada through sound and light -seats available on bleachers or take a blanket and sit on the lawn
  • -Peace Tower: enclosed observation deck offering great view of the city; visit takes 30 minutes; elevator has limited space to access deck
  • -Visitors will experience the most comprehensive tours when the House of Commons and the Senate are not sitting – which makes summer the ideal time to tour Parliament Hill -Another great activity on Parliament Hill is observing a session of the House of Commons or the Senate from the Parliament Hill public galleries.
  • Rideau Canal -June 2007, Rideau Canal became UNESCO World Heritage Site. -Ontario’s first and only UNESCO heritage site -Rideau Canal links Ottawa and Kingston, 202 km (126 miles); system of lakes, rivers and 49 locks at 27 stations -Rideau Canal remains the best preserved example of slackwater canal in North America and it is the only canal dating from the early 19th century to remain operational along its original line with the most original structures in tact -Parks Canada (national parks) preserves, protects, maintains and operates the canal -Rideau Canal runs through the centre of downtown Ottawa
  • -Boat tours( May-October) operate for 1 ¼ hour tours; -Canoe, paddle boats and kayak rentals available at Dow’s Lake, located along the canal -Recreational pathways along the Canal offer bike and walking paths -Paul’s Boat Lines offer Rideau Canal cruises Spring, Summer and Autumn.
  • Rideau Heritage Route -202 km (126 miles) from Ottawa to Kingston -Pedal, paddle, hike, drive or cruise from Ottawa to Kingston or vice versa -49 locks at 27 stations along the Rideau Canal; numerous stations have interpretation staff available to explain the lock station operation -Historic sites, charming villages and recreation areas for picnics along the Route Other suggestions: Smiths Falls, home of the Rideau Canal Museum, housed in a 19th century stone building and supported by Parks Canada Perth, old world charm and access to the Rideau Canal via the Tay River Canal branch Historic Merrickville, located only 45 minutes south of Ottawa, is know as "The Jewel of The Rideau" for its well-preserved 19 th century architecture, unique artisan shops (glass-blowing, leather works, pottery) and cuisine. Visit some of the scenic lockstations such as Jones Falls and Chaffeys Locks
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization -most visited museum in Canada -world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles -explore 1,000 years of Canadian history; life-sized townscapes -home to the Canadian Children’s Museum, Canadian Postal Museum and the IMAX Theatre -suggested visit of 3 hours or more; cafeteria and restaurant on site
  • Canadian War Museum -one of the three most impressive war art collections in the world -Canadian military history from the earliest times to the present; Canada’s story of it’s contribution in the British Empire -Life and time stories for the women and families during war. -Stunning architecture, the museum is in the shape of a bunker which points to the Peace Tower at Parliament; sod roof -See military equipment: Hitler's car, jet, tanks -The Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Canadian War museum offer a combination pass
  • National Gallery of Canada -Centrally located;10 minute walk from Parliament Hill and the ByWard Market -Permanent Canadian and Inuit (aboriginal) art exhibits as well as European and American collections -Modern granite and glass structure designed by Moshe Safdie offers natural lighting on all floors; (unique lighting channels that flood light to ground level) - Attraction is popular for groups and individuals; café and cafeteria offer scenic location to view downtown Ottawa - Multi-lingual headsets available
  • - This magnificent gothic castle opened it’s doors a century ago. -Beginning in 2004, major renovations were undertaken to update the museum to meet the needs of a modern museum. -The Museum continues its renewal with the opening of the Water Gallery and Earth Gallery in May 2010, exploring Canada’s greatest natural resources. -Already open are the new Talisman Energy Fossil Gallery, Bird Gallery and Discovery Zone. -On May 21, 2010, the Museum will be fully re-opened as they celebrate the building’s 100th anniversary.
  • -The only multidisciplinary bilingual performing arts centre in North America, and one of the largest in the world -Dance, English and French theater and music of all kinds. Back stage tours are available.
  • -The Mint’s Ottawa facility, which occupies the same premises on which the Mint was founded, produces hand-crafted collector and commemorative coins, gold bullion coins, medals and medallions. Tours are available and a “coin” boutique is open to visitors.
  • -Where can you find a nuclear bunker of steel and concrete four stories underground? A short drive from downtown at Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum! - This museum is a real nuclear bunker—once meant to house Canada’s government in case of nuclear war. -Built in 1961 amidst fears of a Soviet attack, public and group tours available. -Check out the Prime Minister’s suite, Bank of Canada Vault, War Cabinet Room and more.
  • Bytown Museum -Tells the tales of the construction of the Rideau Canal…. to the emergence of the city as Canada’s capital, Multi-lingual headsets available -Located in the city’s oldest stone building, on the banks of the Rideau Canal next to the Ottawa Lock Station and Chateau Laurier Hotel; view the lock master turn the wheels to move the lock gates allowing boats to travel through the lock system from Ottawa to Kingston -Combined tour available for groups: GUIDED TOUR OF THE MUSEUM + OTTAWA LOCKSTATION TOUR- An official Rideau Canal UNESCO World Heritage Site tour offered in partnership by Parks Canada- Let your costumed guide take you back to the early 19th century, the time of the Rideau Canal's construction - North America's oldest operating canal system. Explore the exhibits related to this UNESCO World Heritage Site and experience the stories of the people who made Ottawa what it is today. This new, 90-minute tour is available in English and French to groups of 10 - 60 people.
  • -Ottawa's oldest standing and largest Church and a National Historic site in Canada (completed in 1866) . -The steeples are topped with standard French-Canadian tin and bells. Its exterior is fairly reserved, but the interior is very ornate -Located across from the National Gallery of Canada next to the ByWard Market
  • ByWard Market -350 boutiques, pubs and restaurants -O ne of Canada's oldest and largest public markets; farmer’s produce, authentic Canadian gifts including maple syrup -Easily accessible on foot, by transit or by car
  • Rideau Centre -Ottawa’s premier shopping destination; home to180 biggest names in fashion, food and services; 3 levels of shopping -located in downtown next to ByWard Market -Visit the customer service desk to pick up a Visitor Value Saving Directory- shopping discount booklet
  • Culinary and Dining -Ottawa has over 120 high commissions and embassies so international foods are found in the ByWard Market restaurants and surrounding neighborhoods -Many restaurants have outdoor cafés adding to the ambiance of dining. -Savour Ottawa is an initiative that encourages local farmers and local chefs to do business together with the end result of having more local produce on the menus. -Visitors looking to take cooking lessons or food and wine paring can sign up for short courses/classes at the Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School, Urban Element and Di Vino Wine Studio to name a few.
  • -Located in Gatineau, only 5 minutes from downtown Ottawa. A casino, a performance hall, a hotel (Hilton Lac Leamy) and an ultra-modern convention centre. -Can be accessed by boat, from the Ottawa River and includes convenient docking facilities -Gaming: the Casino du Lac-Leamy features over 1,800 slot machines and 64 gaming tables, as well as a Keno room, bingo and electronic horseracing. Non-smoking environment (smoking rooms available). -Site of international fireworks competitions in July and August
  • -Holtz Spa in downtown Ottawa -Au Naturel Spa in the Brookstreet Hotel -Le Nordik Nature Spa
  • Nordik Spa -Spa centre specializes in relaxation techniques; outdoor whirlpools, Finish sauna, steam bath, Nordic waterfalls, ice and tempered bath, Swedish massage and massages with volcanic stones -Open all year, every day, rain or shine -Located 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa/Gatineau
  • Aboriginal Experiences -offers native experience of drum, dance, story telling and interpretation of Canada’s first people as well a traditional meal between May and October; craft options.(2-3 hour) for groups, FIT’s- July & August -located on Victoria Island in the Ottawa River (behind Parliament Hill); between the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau -offers new product for groups, that allows the experience of Voyageur canoeing on the Ottawa River at the base of the Rideau Canal, combined with trading, legends, dancing and dining with the First Nations. (3-4 hour)
  • Canadian Tulip Festival -Over 3 million tulips bloom in Ottawa in May -Legacy of a gift of tulips from the Dutch Royal Family after the Second World War as a thank you to the Canadian government. During the war, the Royal family were in hiding in Ottawa. Canadians played a pivotal role in liberating Holland. Tulip bulbs continue to be given to Canada. -Ten day festival in downtown parks -New festival component called Celebridée brings top-notch speakers and thinkers as part of the program; music, entertainment and foods (Embassies from all around the world take part in the International pavilion).
  • -With over 200 km of groomed trails and hosting Canada’s Largest cross country ski event – the Gatineau Loppet, during Winterlude, the Gatineau Park truly is cross-country paradise! -a multitude of activities such as snowshoeing, skating, down-hill skiing and dog sledding are available in the region
  • Rideau Canal -Listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest natural skating surface in the World (2005) - skate hire available at locations along the Rideau Canal -enjoy a hot chocolate and BeaverTails – a famous pastry treat with sweet or savory toppings (sugar and cinnamon is popular)
  • Winterlude -Ottawa’s winter festival celebrated with international ice sculpture competitions in downtown parks, concerts and ice skating on the Rideau Canal -Huge snow park with castle size ice slides suitable for youth and adults
  • Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest (early July) -one of Canada’s largest music festivals -11 day, multi-stage (5) in a set up along the Ottawa River next to the Canadian War Museum; 300,000 fans -eclectic mix of music styles featuring world famous musicians TD Canada Trust Ottawa International Jazz Festival (June-July) -located in a a cosy downtown setting in Confederation Park located next to the Rideau Canal and City Hall -presents some of the most dynamic jazz artists; traditional to avant garde music
  • Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival (July-August) -largest chamber music festival in the world -presented mostly in downtown churches, beautiful venues with great acoustics -16 days with approximate 130 events
  • Fulton’s: Maple Syrup Season -March and April, maple trees are tapped for maple syrup -Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario-Lanark county, located 1 hour drive west of Ottawa. -offers 4 seasons of interactive Maple Adventure; discover how the natives made maple syrup and current maple production -learn cooking using maple products; maple gift shop also includes maple spa products -traditional meals served with maple syrup; an Ontario rural agriculture experience -open daily March and April for groups and FIT’s; off season groups require reservations
  • -canoe and kayak rentals available at Dows Lake -try a Voyageur canoe trip to Aboriginal Experiences on Victoria Island behind Parliament Hill (available for groups)
  • Whitewater Rafting -Ottawa River produces some of the best whitewater in North America including some class 5 rapids -4 companies operate on the Ottawa River; fast water rafting trips and gentle float trips suitable for family and the less adventurous: Esprit Rafting Adventures Owl Rafting RiverRun Rafting Wilderness Tours -New: Madawaska Kanu Centre, MKC in the City offering entry level whitewater kayak instruction below the Parliament Buildings
  • -Great Canadian Bungee, this is the only place in the Americas where one can experience a 200 ft. head (or body) dip. Your 160 ft. rebound is higher than the entire jump height at any other site in the US or Canada! Rip-rides also available. -Fortune Aerial Experience, glide through the tree tops on monkey bridges and challeng yourself on a course high above the ground on aerial steel wires, rope bridges, suspended walkways and net gangways. The three-hour trek culminates with the ultimate thrill of soaring down the giant zip line.
  • -Ottawa is a golfer's dream destination, with what many claim is more golf courses per capita within easy driving distance of downtown than any other Canadian city – and most in North America.
  • Omega Park -located one hour east of Ottawa, enroute to Montreal; is a reserve of Canadian wildlife in their natural habitat -Visitors can drive thought the park to view the animals year-round
  • Gatineau Park -located 15 minute drive from downtown Ottawa, located in Quebec -363 sq km (140 sq miles), the protected natural reserve has over 40 lakes (roughly the same size as Cambridge, England) -170 km (100 miles) of hiking trails, with 237 species of birds, bears and the highest concentration of beavers in North America . -visited by locals and visitors for hiking, canoeing and camping in summer and cross-country skiing (200km/124 mi of groomed trails) and snowshoeing in winter -Popular in the fall (September and October) for the vibrant leaf colors known as Indian Summer for visitors and Fall Foliage by the locals.
  • Bus Tours (April –October ) Lady Dive Tours –double decker, trolley, amphi-tours (land and water) Gray Line Ottawa-double decker Or RentABike for an environmentally friendly way to get around
  • Boat Tours (Ottawa River and Rideau Canal) -Paul’s Boat Line-Rideau Canal and Ottawa River -Capital Cruises- Ottawa River; multi-lingual headsets, meal cruise options -Lady Dive amphi-tours
  • Hull Chelsea Wakefield Steam Train -Scenic rail excursion from Gatineau to Wakefield, Quebec; 4 ½ hour -Canada’s oldest excursion steam locomotive (built 1907) -Tour guide and musicians entertain you -Sunset dinner excursion available on weekends -May - September
  • For more information contact: Ottawa Tourism General information: Travel Trade: Ottawa Tourism #1800, 130 Albert St. Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5G4 Tel:(613) 237-5150 Toll free in North America 1-800-363-4465
  • For more information contact: Ottawa Tourism General information: Travel Trade: Ottawa Tourism #1800, 130 Albert St. Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5G4 Tel:(613) 237-5150 Toll free in North America 1-800-363-4465

Ottawa Tourism Travel Trade Presentation English March 2010 Ottawa Tourism Travel Trade Presentation English March 2010 Presentation Transcript

  • OTTAWA – Canada’s impressive yet intimate Capital
  • OTTAWA – A unique blend of culture and nature
  • Accessing Ottawa
  • City Map
  • Ottawa Tourism Website ・ I mages and videos ・ I tineraries ・ C alendar of events
  • Parliament Hill
  • Parliament Hill
  • Parliament Hill HOUSE OF COMMONS
  • Rideau Heritage Route 202 KILOMETERS OF TOURING DISCOVERY • A navigable waterway Ottawa to Kingston • S cenic route with villages and historical towns and attractions
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS Profit & Ambition: The Canadian Fur Trade, 1779-1821 September 10, 2009 – September 12, 2010 The Horse May 17, 2010 – January 3, 2011 Canadian Arctic Expedition, 1913-1918 November 18, 2010 – September 5, 2011
  • Canadian War Museum
  • Canadian War Museum SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS Camouflage June 4, 2009 – September 6, 2010 The Wars of 1812 and Medieval Warfare, summer/fall 2012-2013
  • National Gallery of Canada
  • National Gallery of Canada SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS Pop Life: Art in a Material World April 30 to September 6, 2010. Caravaggio and His Circle in Rome 10 June – 11 September 2011   Vincent van Gogh: Reframing Nature June 8 – September 3, 2012
  • Canadian Museum of Nature
  • Canadian Museum of Nature NEW EXHIBITIONS Water Gallery and Earth Gallery New permanent exhibitions opening May 21, 2010
  • National Arts Centre
  • Royal Canadian Mint Indoor Shot TBC
  • Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum
  • Bytown Museum
  • Notre Dame Basilica
  • ByWard Market
  • Shopping
  • Culinary Experiences
  • Casino du Lac-Leamy
  • Relaxing Spas
  • Le Nordik
  • Aboriginal Experiences
  • Canadian Tulip Festival
  • Winter Activities
  • Winter Activities
  • Winterlude – First three weekends of February
  • TD Canada Trust International Jazz Festival and Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest
  • Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival
  • Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush
  • Canoeing & Kayaking
  • White Water Rafting
  • Aerial Adventures
  • Golfing
  • Park Omega
  • Gatineau Park
  • Sightseeing
  • Boat Tours
  • Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam Train Tours
  • OTTAWA – A favourite for getaways and get-togethers
  • OTTAWA – A favourite for getaways and get-togethers