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.