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Ottawa, ON Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 50
Total Sleeping Rooms 9,376
Convention Center Space 200,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 80,773 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate CAD $199
Average Daily Meal Cost CAD $98
Average Weekly Car Rental CAD $243

Ottawa, ON Meeting Planning Overview

Cvent's Ottawa meeting planning guide provides planners with a wealth of information about meeting space, facilities, attractions, and all of the Ottawa meeting planning information planners need. As the vibrant and alluring capital of Canada, Ottawa is home to the nation's Parliament, national museums and many prominent monuments that together provide a unique and memorable setting for any meeting or event. Ottawa puts conventions on a national stage close to decision-makers, the international diplomatic community, and media. If gaining their attention can help move an organization forward, Ottawa is the best place to get noticed.

Overlooking the Rideau Canal is the 192,000 square foot Shaw Centre. Its distinctive sweeping glass façade wraps around four floors of pre-function space, a ballroom and reception areas – affording delegates panoramic views of the Canal, Parliament Hill and the rest of downtown. In its maximum configuration the Centre offers 28 meeting rooms. Its Canada Hall is the largest meeting room in the city, seating 6,250 theatre-style and accommodating 4,600 for a banquet.

The city also offers a variety of other facilities from which to choose. Many of the cities over 50 hotels offer function space. Convention hotels in the Capital include both brand name and unique local properties and there are over 6,000 hotel rooms in the city's downtown core. Unique among Canadian cities, Ottawa offers convention planners a variety of grand public spaces in which to stage off-site dinners, galas and receptions. As Canada's Capital, Ottawa is home to several national museums that with their immense priceless artifacts and brightly lit halls, provide interesting settings for any event. Network and dine at the base of ancient towering totem poles or see how gigantic antique airplanes and army tanks can help you set an impressive scene. From heritage buildings, to dinosaurs, to a traditional red carpet theatre hall, to a more modern Casino setting, Ottawa has a venue that is guaranteed to be as unique as your event!

Located between Montreal and Toronto, Ottawa is easily accessible from other Canadian locations and international destinations across the globe. The recently-renovated Ottawa International Airport offers flights to 30 destinations, 10 of which are international cities in the United States, as well as London. Canada's VIA Rail, which services major cities from Windsor to Quebec, has a stop in the city, and several major highways connect to Ottawa, with the U.S.-Canada border located only about an hour away. Whether by air, train or car, guests find a trip to Canada's capital comfortable and easy.

Though the city's northern location results in chilly winters, the fun need not stop due to cold weather. Strap on a pair of ice skates at the Dow's Lake Pavilion on the Rideau Canal, which becomes the world's longest skating rink when the temperature drops. Or embrace the cold during Winterlude, an annual two-week celebration every February that entices 650,000 guests annually. Ottawa also hosts numerous other festivals throughout the year including Italian Week, WESTFEST, TD Canada Trust Ottawa International Jazz Fest, Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival, One World Film Festival, the Canadian Tulip Festival and the Ottawa Storytelling Festival, just to name a few.

Known as "Silicon Valley North," Ottawa employs many in technology as well as federal government. Companies such as 3M, Adobe Systems, Cisco Systems, CGI Group, Dell, IBM and Intel have a presence in the city.

About Ottawa, ON / Additional Info

From miles of parks and tended lawns to historic architecture reflecting its British heritage, Ottawa beckons both local and international visitors to explore its offerings. Chosen by Queen Victoria as the capital of Canada in 1857 because the rowdy lumber town was a safe distance from the United States border, Ottawa has been influenced and enriched by this title.

At 2,778 square miles, Ottawa is situated at the convergence of the Ottawa and Rideau rivers. Right on the border of Canadian provinces Ontario and Quebec, Ottawa is separated from the neighboring Quebec City of Gatineau by the Ottawa River, but together both cities form the National Capital Region, home to over one million residents and the 4th largest urban region in the country. A bilingual and multicultural city, nearly 20 percent of residents are foreign-born, hailing in large numbers from China, Lebanon and northeast Africa. French-only speakers make up about 15 percent of the population, though the majority of Ottawans are bilingual.

Outdoor enthusiasts find plenty to do in this lush green city. Ride over 105 miles of bike paths, golf on one of the city's 88 manicured courses, or take a walk alongside the manmade Rideau Canal, North America's oldest continually operating canal. On Sunday during the summer, the parkways along the Ottawa River and the 15 miles along both sides of the Rideau Canal are closed from the morning to early afternoon, offering cyclists, joggers and walkers a pleasant trip among the parks and flower beds that edge the waterways.

As the nation's capital, Ottawa offers a walker-friendly and easily navigable downtown. Located on the banks of the Ottawa River, downtown Ottawa’s Parliament Hill attracts nearly three million visitors per year. Here, visitors will enjoy viewing glorious Gothic Revival-style buildings patterned after the British Parliament house, the nation's House of Commons and Senate chambers. Parliament Hill is also home to the Centre Block Building, site of the Peace Tower, a nationally recognized Canadian symbol towering above the Ottawa skyline at 300 feet. Visitors who climb to the top of the tower are afforded spectacular views of the city. For the less adventuresome, the tower holds the Books of the Remembrance, including a sombering list of Canadians who lost their lives in service to Canada.

Aside from assorted federal structures, Ottawa is bursting with a wealth of national museums, memorials and attractions. Examine top Canadian artwork on display within the astounding glass facade of Canada's National Gallery. Explore the life-size replica of a Quebec Inn from the 18th century at the Canadian Museum of History, or enjoy the serene sounds of the orchestra performing at the National Arts Centre. Try your luck at the Casino du Lac-Leamy or dance and sing the night away to dueling pianos at Fat Tuesdays New Orleans restaurant and bar. With all the stately and historic charm expected of a nation's capital, Ottawa entices visitors to soak in culture and history by day and let their hair down at night.

 
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