What to Do around The Westin Ottawa
Collected by Westin AFAR
Canada’s capital is a gem of a city, with a fascinating history that informs its diverse and evolving present day. From its museums, to its distinct neighborhoods, to its emerging foodie culture, Ottawa is a cosmopolitan city on a human scale.
Ottawa, ON, Canada
One of the great engineering feats of the 19th century, the Rideau Canal was constructed between 1826 to 1832 originally as a military and commercial waterway connecting the Canadian capital to Kingston, at the head of Lake Ontario. Today, it is...
11 Aviation Pkwy, Ottawa, ON K1K 2X5, Canada
I'd never seen Star Wars in my life. I couldn't tell you the difference between an Ewok and a Wookiee, but somehow I'd been convinced that 'Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition' was a must see whilst travelling through Ottawa. Walking into the...
2 Daly Ave, Ottawa, ON K1N 7B9, Canada
Nestled in behind the Rideau Centre and two towering hotels, Arts Court is home to over 20 different arts organizations. The building has a theatre, two galleries, a dance studio, a video and a film cooperative, as well as numerous other opera,...
2 Daly Ave #240, Ottawa, ON K1N 6E2, Canada
So many festivals take place in Ottawa that they merit their own network: The Ottawa Festival's Network. Bluesfest draws a lot of big names, Ottawa Writer's Fest introduces you to a range of intellectuals with interesting stories to tell, and the...
651 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K1R 5K3, Canada
I have to admit the one thing that truly struck me about Ottawa is how quiet the night life was, even on the weekend. However, on a night of bar hopping on Somerset Street, I quickly learned that on Saturday night everyone is hanging out with...
1 Vimy Pl, Ottawa, ON K1A 0M8, Canada
The Canadian War Museum is among the most popular destinations for visitors, offering a look at Canada's military history on the front lines as well as at home. Often, the museum provides unique and unexpected insights, as with their summer 2013...
330 Kent St, Ottawa, ON K2P 2A6, Canada
Spins & Needles started as an art happening where you would get together with your friends, listen to good music, craft and drink beer. It's a great concept—pay a small cover fee, and you're supplied with all the materials for one or more projects...
55 Byward Market Square, Ottawa, ON K1N 9C3, Canada
ByWard Market is both a market, filling the block bounded by ByWard, William, York and George streets, and the name for the surrounding neighborhood. This is where Ottawa began, an area laid out by Lt. Col. John By who oversaw the construction of...
Wellington St, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A4, Canada
Take a look around the back of Parliament Hill and you will find stunning views of the Gatineau Hills, the Ottawa River, the National Gallery and Victoria Island. Descend the 273 steps to the riverside and you can make your way back up again next...
50 Mackenzie King Bridge, Ottawa, ON K1N 0C5, Canada
The Ottawa Art Gallery highlights contemporary art in the region, and has a growing permanent collection celebrating the area's art history. It's also home to the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art—a collection that includes some 1,600 works of...
474 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa, ON K1R 5N8, Canada
One of the best ways to discover a city anytime of year is on foot, and your guides await at Ottawa Walking Tours. They have a number of different tours to choose from, but their most popular is a two-hour historical option—just be sure to bring...
380 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4, Canada
Featuring the works of Tom Thomson, Emily Carr, and the Group of Seven, the National Gallery of Canada is one of the country’s premiere destinations for paintings, sculptures, and contemporary art. The building also hosts the Canadian Museum of...
634 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K1R 5K4, Canada
When you hear “hottest restaurant in town," you start having visions of grandeur—perhaps red carpets, rare architecture, and a line out the door. If I were in New York, Tokyo or Toronto, this may be the case, but not in sleepy Ottawa! Canada’s...
67 Nicholas St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7B9, Canada
A recent installation for the Creative Cities Summit. Galerie SAW Gallery is housed in a former courthouse next to the Ottawa Jail Hostel. The gallery programs high-quality contemporary Canadian and international group exhibitions, installations,...
385 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 1J9, Canada
One of the most striking architectural accomplishments in Ottawa is the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica—the city's oldest and largest church, with its origins dating to 1839. Whether or not you're religious (or even a fan of neo-gothic...
310 St Patrick St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5K4, Canada
From experimental, electronic music (Electric Fields), to performance art (Annie Sprinkle's White Wedding to the Snow), to the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, this deconsecrated Catholic church—now St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts—plays host to a...
453 Laurier Ave E, Ottawa, ON K1R 0A2, Canada
It was the elite of the elite and I was walking amongst them. Great chefs from around the world had gathered in this building to learn the art of French cooking or pastry making... and I was now one of them. I didn't have a semester to master the...
Terry Fox Statue, Ottawa, ON K1P 5A1, Canada
In 1980, after having one leg amputated due to a form of cancer, Canadian athlete and humanitarian Terry Fox embarked on a cross-Canada run called the Marathon of Hope. The goal was to raise funds and awareness for cancer research. Although Fox...
Ottawa, ON K1A 0N4, Canada
The result of a 2009 design competition, the Royal Canadian Navy Monument recognizes past and current Canadians serving in the Royal Canadian Navy and is a symbol of the organization's unique character. The monument's main feature is a large white...
516 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K1R 5J9, Canada
Dundonald Park takes up a full city block in Ottawa's Centretown. Until recently, it was fairly neglected, but efforts to make it a more welcoming place have paid off. Now this is a vibrant urban greenspace. In the summer you can view...
400 King Edward Ave, Ottawa, ON K1N 7M7, Canada
In operation since 1913, the Ottawa Little Theatre is the oldest ongoing community theater in North America. With a wide variety of productions—the 2015-2016 season has plays from Ken Kesey, Noel Coward, Yasmina Reza, and more—that cover many...
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