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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.
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.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Ottawa experiences four distinct seasons, with spring generally being the shortest in length. Ottawa is the world's second coldest capital after Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, as temperatures range from -15°C to -5°C in January. Summers are equally extreme, with heat, humidity and temperatures reaching 32°C.
Winter usually brings a few heavy snowfalls, and occasional rainfalls occur throughout the rest of the year. June and early September have the most pleasant temperatures, making these months the best time to visit the city.
The spectacular new Shaw Centre (formerly Ottawa Convention Centre) staged its grand opening April 13 2011, welcoming the world to a stunning new landmark and exceptional new meeting place in the heart of the Capital. Overlooking the Rideau Canal – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Parliament Hill and downtown Ottawa, the Centre features a sweeping glass façade encasing four floors of state-of-the-art meeting space, including the Canada Hall, which can accommodate up to 6000 delegates. The 200,000 square foot Centre takes Ottawa to a whole new level in the meetings and conventions industry, enabling the Capital to host large, city-wide events and multiple simultaneous functions. Delegates can step outside and be just steps away from recreational paths and the ByWard Market shopping and restaurant district—not to mention 6,000 downtown hotel rooms, all within easy walking distance. The facility is directly linked to the 180-store CF Rideau Centre, the 495-room Westin Ottawa, and offers ample indoor parking. The Shaw Centre sets new standards for environmental design and sustainable practices, serving delegates and guests with advanced technology.
Ottawa International Airport (YOW)
Approximate taxi fare: $38 USD
Located about 20 minutes south of downtown on 4,447 acres, Ottawa International Airport sees over 3.5 million passengers each year, making it the 6th busiest airport in the country. As the number of passengers increased in the 1990s, the airport began expanding, opening in a state-of-the-art terminal in 2003, complemented by a new wing completed in March 2008, which now has 30 gates.
For three years running, the airport has ranked 2nd overall among 90 airports that serve fewer than five million passengers in Airports Council International's customer satisfaction survey. Ottawa International offers daily flights to over 30 destinations, including 10 international locations.
Defined by an attractive modern glass and steel terminal, Ottawa International Airport pays tribute to Canada's heritage. Copper and limestone finishes represent Parliament's copper roof and the limestone carved figures and walls inside Centre Block. The huge indoor waterfall and ponds symbolize the region's rivers, while Inuksuks, Inuit stone figures, and a rare traditional birch bark canoe honor Canada's early inhabitants. Travelers can pass the time between flights strolling amongst this beautiful décor, grabbing a bite at one of several eateries or buying souvenirs one of over 10 retail shops. Short-term parking is available at the lot connected to the terminal by covered walkways, and long-term parking is available within walking distance to the terminal.
Airline carriers serving Ottawa International Airport
Located east of downtown, Ottawa Station was built in 1966 as a replacement to the original 1912 Union Station near the Parliament buildings after the railway tracks were moved. VIA Rail trains run daily to connect Ottawa to Toronto and Montreal, at which point travelers can also connect to trains moving across Canada and to the United States.
More people in Ottawa utilize public transportation than in any other North American city of comparable size. The main mass transit service in the city, OC Transpo sees an average weekday ridership of 360,000 people.
OC Transpo's 960 buses, many with bike racks in the front and accessible low-floors for the disabled, service an urban area of 159 square miles. OC Transpo also provides rush hour service to the rural villages of Manotick, Cumberland, Sarsfield, Bearbrook, Stittsville, Stanley Corners and Munster Hamlet. Additionally, a few routes travel to nearby Gatineau, while visitors looking to journey to Quebec City can use its bus system, Socit de transport de l'Outaouais, which picks up passengers in Ottawa at selected stops. Dedicated bus lanes in downtown Ottawa and on the Queensway, the highway dissecting the city center, and the Transitway, a 17-mile bus-only roadway, ensures speedy access to suburban dwellers.
Regular bus fare is C$1.76 for children ages 6-11 and C$3.55 for adults. Fare for children under 5 is free.. A DayPass, which provides unlimited travel on regular and express routes, is C$8.30 when purchased on the bus. Monthly passes are also available.
The diesel-powered European-style O-Train runs on a limited five-mile track from the Greenboro Station in the south to the Bayview Station in the north, near downtown. Stops include Dow's Lake, Walkley Yard and the airport. O-Train hours and schedule vary based on day and time of year.
Taxi services and private airport shuttles are available at the Ottawa International Airport. Rental Cars
Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Alamo rental car companies all service the airport. Rental car counters are located near the domestic baggage claim area on the arrival floor at the airport.
Ottawa cab fares are metered at C$3.48 and increase at C$0.25 increments. The rate for a taxi from the airport to downtown is about C$40, while rates from the train station to downtown average C$20.
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