Ottawa Tourism

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Why Choose Our Destination?

Ottawa is here to inspire! Meet in Canada’s capital and you will feel rejuvenated, inspired for the years to come, by our profound and proud cultural heritage. Ottawa is a highly experienced and accomplished host destination for important national and international gatherings and business events. It literally puts conventions on a national and international stage. Canada’s capital provides ready access to national policy-makers, the international diplomatic community, national associations, and subject matter experts from a wide variety of fields including: information and communications technology, health and life sciences, aerospace and defence, engineering, and cleantech–in fact, Ottawa is one of Canada’s leading technology hubs, with both international tech giants and local start-ups. Home to two universities, two colleges, the seat of Government and the National Research Council, Ottawa provides ample resources for education and research. Ottawa is home to one million residents who are proud of their hometown and welcome people in English, French, Indigenous languages and many more from around the world. The city’s urban landscape reveals the stories of Canada around every corner, at historic and national sites, monuments and cultural institutions. Unique among G7 capitals, Ottawa is equal parts urban and rural, a vibrant city on the edge of nature, offering boundless opportunities for adventure and recreation in the great outdoors¬. Ottawa is, in so many ways, Canada in one city. Ottawa is a destination that is accessible, with an award-winning airport with direct connections to major U.S. hubs, plus London and Frankfurt. The airport is a 15-minute drive to a compact and walkable downtown. Ottawa is home to Shaw Centre, the city’s premier, state-of-the-art convention venue located in the heart of downtown next to the Rideau Canal UNESCO World Heritage Site and within easy walking distance of over 6000 hotel rooms. The facility is directly linked to the 180-store CF Rideau Centre, and the 495-room Westin Ottawa. The new light rail transit system links hotels to the Shaw Centre and other meeting facilities and venues in the city. Reflecting the dynamism of the Capital’s region, recent hotel openings have added a significant choice for business travelers and meeting planners to consider. Located in downtown core area, Le Germain luxury boutique hotel opened in May 2018 with 115 rooms, meeting facilities, gym and fine dining restaurant & bar Norca. The hotel is in the same architectural complex as the new Ottawa Art Gallery, which showcases rotating exhibits of Canadian Art. 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. The Canadian Museum of History, the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Canada War Museum and the National Arts Centre offer grand public spaces for unique off-site receptions, galas and events. Offsite venues that allow delegates to network and dine amongst towering totem poles, priceless antique army tanks and gigantic dinosaurs, will sure make an event in Ottawa to remember. In winter, Ottawa is home to the world’s largest skating ring on the Rideau Canal, steps from the Shaw Centre. The Canal is a UNESCO World Heritage site on which you can skate, it winds 4.8 miles through the heart of Ottawa. The Nation’s capital offers countless ways to enjoy the most Canadian of seasons!


Distance from airport

  • Ottawa International Airport

    8 mi. from city center

Local Attractions

Parliament Hill

Historical landmark
The most iconic site in Canada’s capital, Parliament Hill, sits on a scenic hill overlooking the Ottawa River. The Centre Block’s interior undergoes rehabilitation, but guided tours are still offered.

Canadian Museum of History

The Canadian Museum of History is home to the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles, the largest exhibition about Canadian history, and highlights the achievements of Indigenous Peoples.

Canadian Tulip Festival

This annual world-famous festival centers around Ottawa’s historic love affair with the tulip from WWII, with a million tulips blooming in public areas, including Major Hills’ park.

Byward market

The historical ByWard market is the heart of the city. Unique shops, restaurants and nightclubs surround a thriving outdoor market featuring fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables and local artisans.

National Gallery of Canada

The beautiful modern building houses the most comprehensive collection of Canadian art, including a large number by the Group of Seven and strong collections of Indigenous, Asian, and International works.

Rideau Canal

Historical landmark
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a major attraction that weaves its way gracefully through Ottawa’s downtown core. You can explore this scenic waterway all year-round, by boat or by skate!


Additional Information

Ottawa Tourism represents 450 member businesses in the hospitality community. This puts you in touch with all of them through one source thus giving you more time to do other things! Services we can provide prior to selecting Ottawa as your convention site: - Lead Generation – Ottawa Tourism will be happy to act on your behalf to request proposals addressing your convention needs from our members. - Bid Proposals – We will prepare a customized bid that will include general information on the city and Canada, hotel and meeting facility proposals, and information from other suppliers in the local community. - Site Inspections – If Ottawa is seriously being considered as a potential convention site, it will be our pleasure to arrange a site inspection of our accommodations, meeting facilities and attractions in order to familiarize you with this beautiful city. - Bid Presentations – Ottawa Tourism Sales Managers can make a presentation of our bid to your selection committee or delegates, based on the economic impact of your meeting. To enhance your conference, the following services are offered free of charge: - Access to the Flash Your Badge, offering discounts to various attractions, restaurants and tours in the National Capital Region. - Ottawa Tourism to assist with a Spousal Programming or Children’s Programming - Support Attendance Building opportunities with key clients.* - Assistance with Excess food management program - Conference microsite created specifically for your event - Assistance to help connect you to local charities if you would like community involvement for your conference - Access to the Algonquin College Work Placement Program should you require any additional on-site volunteer staff - Customized and unique-to-Ottawa Team Building options Assistance with Social Media promotion - Connection to our restaurant, services and attraction members for any special requests. - Access to discount booking codes for various transportation carriers And many more...


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