Meetings Canada


What's New in Ottawa

By Anne Dimon

Ottawa's majestic Parliament Building.

Earlier this spring, MoneySense Magazine voted Ottawa-Gatineau #1 on the list of Best Places to Live in Canada for the third year in a row. The Capital Region is as great a place to meet as it is to live, particularly for programs with attendees from outside Canada.

Here’s a round-up of what’s new:

New Marriott
The 396-room Courtyard by Marriott Ottawa East opened in March, with 2,800 sq. ft. of meeting space added to the existing 40,000 sq. ft. at the connected HCC Ottawa (formerly the Hampton Conference Centre.)

Fairmont Interactive Historic App Tours
A first for the chain, the Fairmont Château Laurier will launch (later this month) a free app giving users an interactive and historic tour of the hotel. Guests will be able to sign-out iPads and headsets from the front desk.

Cycling Tours
Ottawa Cycling Tours offers multiple routes to suit a variety of skill levels. Bikes and helmets can be provided for up to 100 people. There’s one guide for every group of eight.

Discounts for Delegates
A Delegate Insider Badge offers holders discounts to various attractions, restaurants and tours in the Ottawa region. Planners must book their conventions through Ottawa Tourism to qualify.

Customized Conference App
In November, Ottawa Tourism and the Ottawa Convention Centre will launch a customized conference mobile application for programs taking place at the Ottawa Convention Centre. Contact Katie Dolan, Convention Services Manager,

Delta Hotel Upgrade
Scheduled for completion in mid-October, a full renovation of the Delta Ottawa City Centre includes guestrooms, public areas and all 26,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.

Water Taxis
In season, Au feel de l’eau now offers Aqua Taxi rides between the Rideau Canal Locks and the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

Undressed at Canadian Museum of Civilization
May 17 to Nov. 24, 2013, the Canadian Museum of Civilization will unveil Undressed – 350 Years of Underwear in Fashion. An ideal event for an “ice-breaker” reception.

Natural Disasters at Canadian Museum of Nature
In this castle-like museum, Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters – Sept. 28 to May 5, 2013 – showcases the natural forces, from hurricanes to tsunami, that have ravaged the planet.

Culinary Tours
In addition to their popular Byward Market tours, C’est Bon Cooking also offers walking culinary tours of other neighbourhoods such as West Wellington and Little Italy.

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