Tour Times Newsletter
CANADA’S MUST-DO DESTINATION
Ottawa is Canada’s capital city, a dynamic showcase destination popular with visitors from across the country and around the world. It’s a city where you can discover and celebrate Canada’s heritage at impressive landmark sites, national museums and annual festivals. Built at the meeting point of three rivers on Ontario’s border with Quebec, Ottawa is a diverse city where you’ll hear English, French and many other languages spoken in the streets–and a place where you can experience urban delights, natural beauty and outdoor adventure. Find out more about our services for the travel trade and check out our group and student products plus suggested Ottawa Itineraries online. www.ottawatourism.ca/traveltrade
YOU’LL WANT TO FREEZE EVERY MOMENT
Ottawa’s Winterlude FAM is scheduled for January 28- February 1, 2015. Our winters are as Canadian as can be– and our annual Winterlude festival is a great time to get to know Canada’s Capital. Come take part in some cool activities and enjoy Ottawa’s heart-warming hospitality. Interested? Contact our Travel Trade team today traveltrade(at)ottawatourism.ca.
A NEW SITE TO SEE
Our new website will launch in the first quarter of 2015, and will feature all-new Travel Trade content and resources to make planning a whole lot easier. The site will be completely responsive, so you’ll be able to access all content regardless of the device you’re on!
Ottawa has a new outlet for those with a pent-up need to shop. It’s the brand new Tanger outlets centre, which offers great incentives for tours! Swag bags are prepared for all the tours and the tour bus driver receives a $10 incentive to stay and shop. And there’s plenty of space at the back of the mall for buses to park. www.tangeroutletcanada.com/ottawa
WHAT’S ON, WHAT’S NEW
Here is a quick compendium of some of the new exhibitions and tours coming to the Capital. Please visit the Ottawa Tourism website for additional information about upcoming exhibits and events: www.ottawatourism.ca/en/features/special-exhibits
- TERRY FOX – RUNNING TO THE HEART OF CANADA
This exhibit will run April 3, 2015 through January 24, 2016 at the Canadian Museum of History. Learn about Terry Fox’s 147 day journey through a wide variety of artifacts. www.historymuseum.ca
- ANCIENT GREECE
Visit the Canadian Museum of History from June 5th to October 12, 2015 to view artifacts from Greece, some of which have never before been seen in Canada. www.historymuseum.ca
- ANIMAL INSIDE OUT
The Canadian Museum of Nature will present a unique look at animals by showcasing their intricate biology in this striking exhibition. View the exhibit from May 1-September 20, 2015. www.nature.ca
- ECHOES IN THE ICE: THE SEARCH FOR FRANKLIN’S SHIP
The Library and Archives Canada hosts this important exhibition by the Canada Science and Technology Museum. The exhibit will be on view until February 20, 2015. Please visit the Library and Archives Canada website for opening hours. www.bac-lac. gc.ca/eng/Pages/home.aspx
- THE HAUNTED WALK PRESENTS THE TIME TRAVEL TRAIL ADVENTURE
The Time Travel Trail lets groups travel back in time with their very own tour guide! Enjoy a 2-hour interactive tour to learn about Ottawa’s interesting past. www.hauntedwalk.com
OUR TULIPS ARE TOPS IN 2015!
The American Bus Association has named Ottawa’s Canadian Tulip Festival the top event for 2015! Hundreds of thousands of tulips bloom in Ottawa each May, forming the centrepiece of the world’s largest tulip festival! The 2015 tulip Festival blooms May 8-18, 2015. www.tulipfestival.ca.
NEW NAME, NEW LOOK, BEAUTIFUL LOCATION
The long-established Monterey hotel, which overlooks the Rideau River just south of the Ottawa International Airport, has been newly renovated and re-branded as the Ramada Ottawa On The Rideau. www.ramada.com/Ottawa
SELF-GUIDED FAM PASSPORT
Ottawa Tourism has developed an Attractions Passport that lets Travel Trade clients visit attractions on their own, outside of an organized FAM. The Passport facilitates visits to attractions by offering numerous options, which can be accommodated at their own pace and needs. This tool is valid for 1 industry professional and their guest and is valid for the duration of their stay in Ottawa.
Reach out to our Travel Trade team today to receive an Attractions Passport for your next visit to Ottawa!
As part of its $360M revitalization and expansion, Rideau Centre has opened an all-new 35,000 square-foot Dining Hall. The new space features seating for 850 people served by 16 branded eating establishments with selections sure to please any palate. Their new, eco-friendly approach is to use reusable dishware: approximately 100,000 dishes and 20,000 glasses are in circulation at the new Hall, diverting millions of pieces of food serving containers from landfill. www.rideaucentre.com
Keep an eye out for our new Ottawa Tourism Travel Trade Webinars–educational sessions on everything you need to know about Canada’s Capital–coming in 2015! Any topics you’d like to see covered? Please let us know!
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TOUCH THE PAST
White-glove experiences will be available at the Laurier House National Historic Site starting in 2015. View some of Canada’s most entrusted treasures, accompanied by an expert guide. Visit their website for additional details: www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/laurier/visit.aspx
The Canada Science and Technology Museum will undergo an $80.5 million renovation that is to be completed in 2017. Groups and individuals who wish to reserve programs or function space for 2017 and beyond can contact the reservation office during the closure at 613-991-3053 or via email cts(at)technomuses.ca. Please visit the museum’s website for additional information: www.sciencetech.technomuses.ca
TAKE THE TRAIN
Convenient, comfortable and affordable, Canada’s passenger train service—VIA Rail—is a great travel choice that offers numerous daily departures to Ottawa from all major cities in southern Ontario and southern Quebec. Ottawa’s Central Station is just minutes east of downtown, and a satellite VIA Rail station is located to the west of the city at Fallowfield-Barrhaven. www.ottawatourism.ca/en/visitors/plan-a-visit/getting-to-ottawa/train
Looking for last-minute ideas for winter groups? Our Winter Chills itinerary is packed with cool suggestions! Experience winter thrills in one of the world’s most exhilarating national capitals. In Ottawa, we embrace our four distinct seasons, and celebrate winter by heading outdoors and taking it all in. Preparation is everything, and that means dressing for outdoor winter activities. Mittens, hats, warm coats and winter boots are all must-haves before you head off to enjoy many activities described in our Winter Chill itinerary.
DAY 1 – CATCH THIS!
The Ottawa River offers some of the best ice fishing anywhere in Canada. Walleye, northern pike, perch and whitefish can all be caught within 20 minutes of downtown. Spend the day with Ottawa River Guided Fishing on the ice and enjoy a fresh fish lunch with your own catch!
DAY 2 – MUSH!
Experience the thrill of the outdoors like never before: dogsledding with Escapade Eskimo! Located only 75 minutes from downtown Ottawa, Escapade Eskimo is situated in rural Otter Lake. Escapade Eskimo also offers various other fun activities such as sledding, snowshoeing, hiking, sliding and geocaching for both groups and individual travellers.
Soak away your cares at Nordik Spa-Nature, the largest spa of its kind on the continent, with baths, whirlpools and relaxing therapies and treatments both outdoors and in.
DAY 3 – SKATES, SYRUP AND SHOTS
Start the day in downtown Ottawa on the largest outdoor skating rink in the world, the frozen Rideau Canal Skateway. The Canal is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on which you can skate, and wind 7.8 kilometres (4.8 mile) through the heart of Ottawa. Don’t have your own skates? Rent a pair right on-site! Access to the Canal—open January through February, weather permitting—is free.
Alternative activity: Ottawa’s famous annual Winterlude festival is the first three weekends of February, with skating, ice sculptures, a giant snow playground and activities for everyone.
Head out for lunch and the afternoon at Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush, a fourseason destination just west of Ottawa specializing in group visits and tours and the Spring Maple Syrup Season. Tantalize your senses at the Maple Shop with maple gourmet food products and Maple Luscious Bath & Body Care line handmade onsite. Enjoy a maple meal, guided tour, horse drawn hayride, music, hike and more.
The National Hockey League Ottawa Senators’® season is underway in winter and they might just be in town when you are. Check out the Sens schedule online.
DAY 4 – CROSS-COUNTRY & DOWNHILL
For a day of cross-country skiing, head just north to Gatineau Park. Gatineau Park provides a network of nearly 200 kilometres (124 miles) of cross-country ski trails that are regularly groomed and marked for their level of difficulty. Some offer both skate-skiing and classic cross-country. There are heated shelters in the park and the trails are patrolled for safety. Daily passes are available at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre and at the 16 parking lots with direct access to the trails.
Alternative activity: Prefer downhill skiing or snowboarding? Camp Fortune is located within the boundaries of Gatineau Park and offers 23 trails, 7 lifts, 3 separate ski areas and 1 Terrain Park, as well as equipment rentals, instruction, and more.