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Château Laurier

Château Lau­rier is quite famous in Ottawa — more than an hotel, it is a land­mark and an her­itage build­ing. Located between the Par­lia­ment, the Rideau Canal, the National Gallery of Canada, the Byward Mar­ket, the National War Memo­r­ial, the U.S. Embassy, and the Rideau Cen­tre, it is in the heart of the city.

The Château Lau­rier was con­structed between 1909 and 1912 and named after Sir Wil­frid Lau­rier, then the Prime Min­is­ter of Canada. Over the years, it met with his­tory. For instance, the hotel was to be opened on April 26, 1912, but chair­man Charles Melville Hays, who had com­mis­sioned the hotel and was return­ing to Canada fo its open­ing, per­ished aboard the Titanic when it sank on April 15.

From July 1924 to Octo­ber 2004, the sixth floor of the hotel was home to the Cana­dian Broad­cast­ing Corporation’s local Eng­lish and French lan­guage radio sta­tions. It was also home for many years to Yousuf Karsh, one of the world’s most renowned por­trait photographers.

Château Laurier Towers

Château Lau­rier Towers

Big Cars Parking

Big Cars Parking

Revolving Doors

Revolv­ing Doors





Quiet Room

Quiet Room

Christmas Tree

Christ­mas Tree

Unfocused Lights

Unfo­cused Lights

Hockey Cards In Xmas Trees

Hockey Cards In Xmas Trees

Enstein Picture

Ein­stein Picture

Reading Light

Read­ing Light

Snow Man

Snow Man

And of course, it is sup­posed to be haunted by the ghost of Charles Melville Hays who died on the Titanic.


  1. @Bluefish — I think all cas­tles are “sup­posed” to be haunted, it’s part of the picture!

    @Guillermo — A cal­en­dar is actu­ally a great idea! I should also add more pic­tures to my shop.

    @Tulsa Gen­tle­man — It has a great loca­tion too. I must admit I have never stayed there so I don’t know how com­fort­able are the rooms… but I don’t think you’d be disappointed!

    @shionge — Thank you!

    @Nigel Babu — Canada has the best Christ­mas set­ting :-)

    @Gledwood — I think it takes more than my salary :lol: Thank you for your wishes!

    @Linguist-in-Waiting — I must admit I have never really stayed in this kind of hotel. I’d say it’s a bit over my bud­get…! But I love going in and tak­ing pic­tures though, it’s so cozy inside.

    @Gabriel — Thank you! For the pic­tures, it’s a lot of prac­tice, tri­als and mis­takes ;-)

    @London Caller — Really? I rarely hear about it here, maybe in the USA?

    @Seraphine — You’re right! I’d love to haunt this place too. :lol:

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