If you’ll soon be taking a business trip to Ottawa, you’re in for a major treat. You can experience a wide range of cultural and natural wonders in Canada’s capital city.
Places to Visit
During your stay in Ottawa, it’s possible that you’ll be attending a meeting at the Shaw Centre, also known as “Canada’s Meeting Place”. If not, you might want to go see this convention center anyway. It opened in 2011, and it has a beautiful glass exterior, cavernous lobby, views of the picturesque Rideau Canal, a grand ballroom, and cutting-edge conference technologies in its many assembly rooms.
Of course, when you’re planning a business excursion, your choice of accommodations might be your main consideration. Fortunately, Ottawa has several hotels conveniently located near the airport, most of which include all the comforts you will crave after a long day of business travelling: a swimming pool, sauna, and fitness centre. Some also include meeting spaces, such as the Days Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel on Hunt Club Road (this hotel is also nicely located across the street from a golf course). Staying near the airport is a major perk for convenience, and between the location and the free airport shuttle service, you’ll have no problem getting around.
When you’re done with work, you may want to take in as many of the city’s offerings as you can. Below are descriptions of a few of them:
Parliament Hill: Situated on the Ottawa River, you’ll find the massive Gothic buildings where members of the Canadian federal government meet, debate, and deliberate. Especially impressive is the Peace Tower, which has an enormous clock and a height of a little more than 300 feet. Each night, this complex hosts the Sound and Light Show, a colorful free spectacle.
National Gallery of Canada: If you’re an art lover, you shouldn’t miss this impressive museum. The edifice opened in 1988, and it’s a towering architectural masterpiece. A huge glass structure that’s somewhat shaped like a pyramid, the buildings’ imposing effect is completed by a 30-foot tall sculpture of a spider out front. Inside, more than 40,000 pieces await, including the world’s largest collection of works by Canadian artists.
Gatineau Park: If you have time and the weather is good, consider visiting this natural wonderland where you can picnic, canoe, ski, swim, hike, jog, ride a bicycle, sunbathe on a beach, or even camp overnight. An impressive 361.3 km², the park is located where the Gatineau River and the Ottawa River join. Birdwatchers will be especially drawn to this sanctuary, as many different kinds of birds make it their home.
Rideau Canal Skateway: Accessible throughout the winter, this is another spectacular open-air feature in Ottawa. Stretching nearly five miles, it’s the biggest skating rink on the planet. What’s more, it’s a genuine system of public transportation. Indeed, many of the city’s residents have been using it since the 1970s to skate to work, school, or wherever else they might wish to go.
Finally, the ByWard Market near Parliament Hill is a historic locale and a vibrant, bustling district. It opened in 1826, and now boasts gourmet restaurants, pubs, cafes, eclectic shops, craft vendors, produce stands, and a few quiet cobblestone lanes.
If you find yourself too busy with business to enjoy yourself this time around, be sure to keep these activities in mind for your next time travelling to Ottawa.