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Ottawa and area
Links to help you get around

 

Recreation
Research
Shopping and Dining
Tours
Transportation
Weather
Museums
Food Delivery
Byward Market

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Churches:

Christ Church Cathedral
Historic Anglican cathedral established 1832 - only one block away from the Inn.

Saint Patrick's Basilica
The church was completed in 1875 (the same year Albert House was built) and declared a Basilica on Saint Patrick's Day in 1995. Just a short walk from the Inn.

Ottawa Churches (listing from Ottawa Kiosk)
A list of some local churches with locations and times of services.

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Day Trips:

Merrickville the Jewel of the Rideau
A charming village on the Rideau River. Some interesting antique stores.

Village of Manotick
A picturesque little community on the Rideau River, just 15 minutes sout of Ottawa.

Town of Smiths Falls
Originally a railway town, Smiths Falls is less than an hour's drive from Ottawa. Visit the Railway Museum, the Heritage House Museum, or watch trains at the station. 'The Falls" is still the major rail junction in Eastern Ontario.

Ottawa Valley
The Ottawa Valley stretches from Canada's capital to the wilderness of Ontario's world renown Algonquin Park. More than half of the valley is wilderness. Some great places to visit - and so close!

1000 Islands
There are actually 1,800 islands that make up the 1000 Islands region. A wonderful place to visit and only a short drive from Ottawa.

Parks of the St. Lawrence
Visit Upper Canada Village (at Morrisburg) and old Fort Henry (at Kingston).

Perth
Only an hour west this is one of our favourite towns. Beautiful heritage buildings, a lovely park right on the Tay River and some great shops and restaurants.

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Entertainment:

Filcan Ottawa Films
This is a good site that lists current films with their locations and times, trailers and upcoming films.

Ottawa Kiosk Nightlife
This is a good site that lists clubs, pubs and bars that provide music, dancing and even comedy.

OttawaStart Entertainment
Another informative site that tells you what's going in the city.

Imax/Omnimax Theatre (Museum of History)
The only theatre in North America to combine Imax and Omnimax technology. Features, schedule, tickets and coming soon all listed here.

Museum of Civilization
Image from civilization.ca

One Stop Jazz and Blues Shopping Guide
Listing of jazz and blues events and venues in Ottawa and region.

Great Canadian Theatre Company
Ottawa's oldest professional theatre company produces original Canadian theatre of the highest quality.

National Arts Centre
Upcoming performances of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, theatre productions and other musical events.

Hull Casino
Just 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from downtown Ottawa.

Canadian Tire Centre
Home of the Ottawa Senators and largest venue for entertainment in the region.

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Government - Federal, Provincial, and Municipal:

Government of Canada
The Canadian government's primary internet site with quick access to programs and services.

Parliamentary Internet
Members of Parliament, Senators, parliamentary business, reference material.

Government Electronic Directory Service
The federal government phone book.

Supreme Court of Canada
All about the Court, research information and visiting.

Ontario
The official site of the Government of Ontario.

City of Ottawa
Official site for the city. Don't look here for tourism.

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Historical:

Historical Landmarks of Ottawa
Designed by a local amateur historian. Has some interesting photos.

Canadian Heritage Information Network
A gateway to museums, galleries and heritage information in Canada and around the world

Canadian Heritage Gallery
A public service website with an extensive collection of historical Canadiana including photos, original documents, artwork, maps and illustrations.

Hudson's Bay Company Archives

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Politics:

Hillwatch.com (The Web Advocacy Portal)
Focuses on associations, coalitions, corporations and non profit organizations and the values, facts and arguments they bring to the major issues of the day. Gives anyone interested in public policy developments a way to find out who is lobbying on what.

Liberal Party of Canada

New Democratic Party of Canada

Conservative Party of Canada

Bloc Quebecois Party

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Recommended Reading:

The Hill Times
Canada's parliamentary newspaper.

Ottawa Business Journal
News, information and business services.

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Recreation:

Gatineau Park
Information about Gatineau Park and the Mackenzie King Estate are found in this National Capital Commission website.

Cycling Info
Lots of information about cycling in the capital.

Rideau River Corridor
Information on the Rideau River corridor, located in the heart of eastern Ontario, which connects Kingston in the south to Ottawa in the North.

Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
Wonderful areas for walking, hiking, birdwatching, picnics - all within the Rideau Valley watershed.

South Nation Conservation Authority
Covers 3,900 square kilometers between Ottawa, Brockville and Cornwall with recreational trails, wetlands and bogs.

Ottawa Golf
All about golfing in the Ottawa area.

Ottawa Kayak
Provides information to kayakers and canoeists - information about water levels and weather, new and used equipment for sale, events on the Ottawa River and other rivers across North America. Features a unique series of aerial photos of the rapids and descripitions of the paddle routes.

Owl Rafting
Operates out of Forester's Falls, Ontario just 90 minutes from Ottawa. Raft excursions down the legendary 12 km "Rocher Fendu" rapids of the Ottawa River.

Esprit Rafting Adventures
An Ottawa Valley adventure company which offers raft and canoe trips from various locations accessible from Ottawa.

Algonquin Park Official Website
One of the most truly outstanding natural landscapes in Canada - 7,725 sq. km of forest, lakes and rivers. About a 2.5 hour drive from Ottawa.

Algonquin Park

New World River Expeditions
An hour's drive from Ottawa this expedition centre offers camping, kayak school, horseback riding, sportyaking, and mountain biking.

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Research:

National Archives of Canada
News and events, exhibitions, online research and services to the public. A five minute walk from the Inn.

Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
Information on universities, publications, international activities, scholarships, advocacy and research.

Genealogy Research (National Archives)
Services offered by the National Archives for genealogical research. We have been told that the staff in this area are very knowledgeable and helpful.

Family Search Internet Genealogy Service
Mormon Church genealogy site - one of the largest in the world.

National Library of Canada
Collections, web search tools, exhibitions, calendar of events, services. A five minute walk from the Inn.

Ottawa Public Library
Catalogue searches, locations, hours, what's on. The main library is about a 10 minute walk from the Inn

Shopping and Dining Areas:

Ottawa Kiosk Restaurant Guide
Restaurant listings with links (menus/reviews) offered by Ottawa Kiosk, a great information site for the city.

"Little Italy" Preston Street
A great area for Italian restaurants from traditional to trendy or something in between. Close to the Inn - a short drive or a nice walk on a pleasant day.

Urban Spoon Restaurant Guide
A great guide on local eateries.

Byward Market
One of the most popular areas in Ottawa for dining, shopping, and entertainment - about a twenty minute walk from the Inn.

Downtown Rideau
23 blocks of stores, restaurants, galleries and theatres- and only a 15 minute walk from the Inn.

Sparks Street Mall
A short walk from the Inn, Sparks, a significant heritage street, is a pedestrian mall enjoyed by tourists and locals.

Ottawa Chinatown
Again only about a 10 minute walk from the Inn, this area is Ottawa's Asian Village with a wonderful selection of restaurants.

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Tours:

Gray Line Tours
A variety of informative bus tours of Ottawa and cruises of the Rideau Canal.

Rideau Canal
Rideau canal locks

The Haunted Walk of Ottawa
Ghosts, graveyards, hangings and haunts. A regular evening walking tour of Ottawa's darker past by lantern-light.

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Transportation:

OC Transpo
Public transit company for the Ottawa Carleton Region - schedules, fares, route maps. If you go to the Downtown route map you will see by our location (we are on Albert Street between Bay Street and Bronson Avenue) that our Inn is only steps from the bus stop.

Greyhound Canada
Bus transportation for all points in Canada and the United States except for those covered by Voyageur.

Ottawa International Airport
Arrivals, departures and websites of airlines, services and a site map of the airport.

Via Rail
Official site of Via Rail- fares, scedules and reservations.

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Weather:

Environment Canada
Local weather and five day forecast.

Weather Canoe
Local, national, international weather.

Weather Office
Environment Canada's weather site for Canada, (including marine forecasts) and the world.

Rideau Canal


Restaurant Guide

Here are some restaurants we recommend.
Included are directions and descriptions of the various cuisine served:


Bay St. Bistro

Cuisine: California Eclectic

Walking time from Inn: 2 minutes
Price: moderate

Popular with many of our guests for anything from a light snack to a full meal. Also contains a large bar quite popular with the local yuppies. Outdoor patio in season if the weather isn't too inclement. Friendly, professional staff. Across the street, at the end of the block, 234-1111.


Southern Cross

Cuisine: Tex Mex

Walking time from Inn: 5 minutes
Price: moderate

At the corner of Bay Street and Queen Street. Standard selection of mexican dishes and some burgers and pasta. Outdoor patio in season. 404 Queen, 782-2422.


Baton Rouge

Cuisine: Canadian (with an emphasis on southern)
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Walking time from Inn: 5 minutes
Price: moderately expensive

At the corner of Albert and Lyon. Not a quite intimate restaurant but great for a good time. 360 Albert Street, 216-1110.


Prime 360

Cuisine: Canadian

Walking time from Inn: 5 minutes
Price: expensive

At the corner of Laurier and Lyon in the Minto Hotel complex. Has an interesting menu featuring fish and steak. Can be busy so its a good idea to book ahead. 407 Laurier Avenue West, 782-2422.


Festival Japan

Cuisine: Japanese

Walking time from Inn: 5 minutes
Price: expensive

If you like sushi, this is the closest place to get it and we have reports that its pretty good. Corner of Albert and Kent, two and a half blocks east. 149 Kent Street, 234-1224.


India Palace

Cuisine: Indian

Walking time from Inn: 5 minutes
Price: moderate

Reasonably priced lunch and dinner buffet but a menu is also available. The buffet is pretty good but the items on the menu are better. Just east of Kent on Albert Street - the same side as our Inn, about 2 1/2 blocks down. 292 Albert Street, 234-5433.


Carmello's Italian Restaurant

Cuisine: Italian

Walking time from Inn: 5 minutes
Price: moderate

An interesting, more contemporary Italian cuisine and the food is good. They have a nice outdoor patio right on the Sparks Street Mall between Lyon and Kent. 300 Sparks Street, 563-4349.


Mill Street Brew Pub

Cuisine: Upscale pub fair

Walking time from Inn: 10 minutes
Price: moderate

Located at LeBreton Flats, this 140 year old building, a former grist mill, is rich in industrial heritage and charm. A unique setting to grab a pint, enjoy innovative food pairings, brewery tours and sampling including specialty beers available only on-site and at select Ottawa establishments. 555 Wellington St. 613-567-2337


Mekong

Cuisine: Asian

Walking time from Inn: 15 minutes
Price: moderate

On Somerset Street, between Bronson Avenue and Percy. The food is excellent - but make a reservation as it is very popular. 637 Somerset St. West, 237-7717.


Green Papaya

Cuisine: Thai

Walking time from Inn: 10 minutes
Price: moderate

Queen Street (between Kent St. and Bank St. Great food. Formerly L'il Thai Garden. 246 Queen Street.


Hy's Steak House

Cuisine: Steak and Seafood

Walking time from Inn: 10 minutes
Price: very expensive

Supposedly Canada's premier steak house chain. Don't expect to get out of the bar and into the main dining room unless you are as well dressed as the high priced lobbyists who frequent the place. Reservations recommended. South side of Queen between Bank and O'Connor. (At least you will probably see some one famous, but they are a dime a dozen in this town.) 170 Queen Street, 234-4545.


Le Cafe

Cuisine: Canadian

Walking time from Inn: 10 minutes
Price: moderate to expensive

This restaurant, which is located in the National Arts Centre, has an interesting menu which focuses on Canadian cuisine. In the summer time it is wonderful to sit out along the canal and watch the boats go by. If you are going to a performance at the NAC and plan to dine first, you should make a reservation because it is a busy sitting. 594-5127


Kasbah Village

Cuisine: Moroccan

Walking time from Inn: 15 Minutes
Price: Moderately expensive

Very good food. Usually pretty quite. Located on the north side of Laurier between Bank and O' Connor. 261 Laurier Avenue, 232-3737.


Zen Kitchen

Cuisine: Vegetarian

Walking time from Inn: 15 Minutes
Price: Moderately expensive

Very good food, interesting menu. Even if you are not a vegetarian you will love this place. Located on the south side of Somerset between Bronson and Percy. Very trendy and very popular but not very big so make a reservation. 634 Somerset St. West, 233-6404.


Signatures

Cuisine: French

Walking time from Inn: 20 Minutes
Price: Expensive

North America's first Cordon Blue restaurant is located in this famous culinary institute. Classic French cuisine is featured with a modern and innovative presentation. Short courses are also offered to the general public as well as demonstration classes. 453 Laurier Avenue East, 236-2499.


Chinatown

Cuisine: Various Asian

Walking Time from Inn: 10 minutes
Price: all ranges

Well over a dozen varied Chinese, Vietnamese and Indian establishments on Somerset between Percy on the east and Rochester on the west. None have a bad reputation and some are quite good. The Ben Ben, corner of Cambridge and Somerset is good - inexpensive and good portions as is the Mekong east of Bronson on Somerset near Percy.

The Byward Market
Too many eateries to count, something for every taste and pocketbook. The farther in from Rideau and Sussex the less you pay for ambiance and the more food value you get for your dollar. Especially try the small places like Claire de Lune back on Clarence Street or the Crepe de France and Las Palmas on Parent at Murray. Click here to check out a few Byward Market restaurants and their menus. There are several good bright parking garages or it is about a 25 minute walk from here.

Elgin Street
At last count there were 38 restaurants between Lisgar and Gladstone with several more spilling off onto the three blocks of Somerset running west, notable among which is the renowned Mama Theresa's which is considered the best Italian restaurant in town by those who have never eaten at La Roma. Back on Elgin is Al's Steakhouse, one of only three such good ones in town (The other two being Hy's and The Keg). Parking here is almost nil but its only about a twenty minute walk.

Little Italy
Preston Street or "Corso Italia" is the heart of Ottawa's Little Italy and has many of the 40 restaurants and 10 cafes that make this a wonderful place to dine. La Favorita features delightfully eclectic individual gourmet pizza. The Prescott Hotel in addition to being one of the last of the old style taverns has delicious home cooked pizza and meat ball sandwiches which could kill any diet. A long established favourite is La Roma. Parking can be found. Click here to have a look at some of these wonderful restaurants.

La Roma
Cuisine: Old World Italian

Driving time from Inn: 5 minutes minutes
Price: moderate

An Ottawa favourite for more than 30 years, La Roma's menu offers traditional dishes from various regions of Italy. They are located in "Little Italy" at 484 Preston Street, 234-8244. Reservations are recommended.

Food Delivery
If you don't feel like going out anywhere to eat, just come and see us in the office. We have a selection of delivery menus, some of which have fairly good cuisine. We also offer our own modest room service menu.

Museums and Sites

Highlights of national museums, galleries, and sites to see in the Ottawa area, including directions:


National Archives of Canada /
National Library
395 Wellington Street
The National Archives and National Library are only a five minute walk from the Inn. Walk half a block east to Bay Street, turn north (left) onto Bay Street and walk down Bay Street to Wellington Street. The Archives and Library are just across the street.


Supreme Court of Canada
301 Wellington Street
The Supreme Court is only about a ten minute walk from the Inn. Walk half a block east to Bay Street, turn north (left) onto Bay Street and walk down Bay Street to Wellington Street. The Court is just across the street then east one block towards the Parliament Buildings.


Parliament Hill
(HOC and Senate of Canada)

The "Hill" is a fifteen minute walk from Albert House Inn. Walk up to Bay Street and turn north onto Bay Street and go up to Wellington Street (its as far as you can go) and then turn east. You will go past the National Archives and National Library, the Supreme Court and just past Bank Street you will see the Parliament Buildings with the Centre Block where the Peace Tower is located. Tours operate daily-please check for times. The Changing of the Guard takes place on the main lawn in front of the Peace Tower daily from late June to late August. There is no public parking on the Hill so it is recommended that you walk from the Inn.


Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography
380 Sussex Drive
The Museum is now located inside the National Gallery. Directions are below.


National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
If you keep walking east past the Parliament Buildings, just beyond the Chateau Laurier Hotel you will come to Mackenzie Avenue. Turn north on Mackenzie and walk down just a bit and you will come to the National Gallery. You will go past Major's Hill Park which offers a nice view of the Ottawa River and the Rideau Locks. The Gallery would be about a twenty to thirty minute walk from the Inn. To drive from the Inn, go down Albert Street just past the first traffic lights beyond the Inn, turn left up the hill (Bronson Avenue) and then turn left immediately onto Slater Street. Proceed all the way down Slater (you will be travelling east) until you come to Elgin Street. Turn north onto Elgin (left) and following the main traffic flow swing right (east) past the Chateau Laurier Hotel to Sussex Drive. Turn left (north) onto Sussex Drive (the first left/northbound) and proceed down a short distance. You will see the new American embassy on your left and just beyond you will see the Gallery. Underground parking is available and there is less expensive metered parking across the street.


Canadian War Museum
The Canadian War Museum is located on Lebreton Flats, only a 15 minute walk from the Inn.


Byward Market
Bounded by Rideau Street to the south; Murray Street to the north, and Sussex Drive to the west; Dalhousie Street to the east, this busy area is very popular with visitors and locals alike. A colourful farmers market, many fine restaurants and lots of live music clubs attract people all year round. There are several parking garages and some metered parking but it can be very busy and difficult to find parking at times. The Market is about a twenty-thirty minute walk from the Inn. To drive to the Market from the Inn, follow the directions to the National Gallery, but turn right onto York Street off of Sussex Drive. York Street is the second street to the right once you get onto Sussex Drive. Here you will find metered street parking and a parking garage (one of many). Just about any bus that you take on Slater Street (the street just to the south of us) will take you to the market area. Just ask the bus driver.


The Royal Canadian Mint
320 Sussex Drive
Tours are available in English and French but must be booked in advance and there is a gift shop. Parking is available in the immediate area - it would be about a thirty minute walk from the Inn. Follow the driving directions to the National Gallery and keep going for a few more blocks.


Rideau Hall
Off Sussex Drive between Mackay and Princess
Residence of the Governor General open to the public. Continue along Sussex Drive well past the Royal Canadian Mint - follow the signs.


Canadian Museum of History
100 Laurier Street, Hull, Quebec
On a nice day this is a pleasant twenty to thirty minute walk from the Inn. Walk east half a block to Bay Street, then turn north (left) and walk up to Wellington Street. Cross Wellington Street here and turn west (left) and go over the Portage Bridge (there are nice wide sidewalks). Once over the bridge you can either turn east (right) onto Laurier Street or take the steps down to the river walk just before you get to Laurier and you can approach the Museum from the river side. This is a pleasant walk. If you wish to drive, go down Albert Street and as you go through the first lights at the corner you immediately turn left and go up the hill (Bronson Avenue) just to the next light and then turn left immediately onto Slater Street. Just go down one block to Bay Street, turn left and go all the way to Wellington Street. Turn left onto Wellington Street and get over to the far right side of Wellington as you will be going over the Portage Bridge which is just to the right. After you cross the bridge you will arrive at Laurier Street. Turn right onto Laurier Street and the Museum is just a little way down on the river side. There is underground parking. A No. 8 Hull bus available just across the street will take you to the Museum. This bus stops coming across the bridge in the early evening so check with OC Transpo or ask the driver when you board for return times.


Canadian Museum of Nature
Metcalfe at McLeod Streets
To drive to the Museum from the Inn turn left onto Bronson from Albert (just go through the first lights and turn left up the hill), then immediately turn left (east) onto Slater Street. Go all the way down Slater until you reach Elgin Street. Turn right onto Elgin (south) and go down to McLeod - you will see the Museum from Elgin Street. There is parking on site at the Museum. If you wish to take a bus, you can walk up to Bank Street which is just a few blocks (or take just about any bus on Slater Street (one street south of Albert) up to Bank Street and transfer. Here at the northwest corner of Bank and Slater you can get either a No. 1, No. 4 or No. 7 bus which will take you all the way down Bank Street to McLeod. From McLeod it is only about a five minute walk east to the Museum.

Canadian Aviation and Space Museum
Aviation Parkway (Rockliffe Airport)
To drive to the Museum from the Inn, follow the directions to the National Gallery and just keep going down Sussex Drive. Just a little past Ottawa City Hall, Sussex Drive becomes the Rockliffe Parkway. This is a very pleasant drive which will take you past the Prime Minister's residence and through a very beautiful residential part of the city. Continue on the Parkway, following the Ottawa River and when you gradually swing away from the river start looking for the signs for the Aviation Museum as it is just a short distance to the Aviation Parkway where the Museum is located. Free parking is one of the bonuses of driving out this far. It is about a twenty to thirty minute drive depending on traffic. You can take a bus to the Museum but it will take about one hour as one transfer is required.

National Museum of Science and Technology
1867 St. Laurent Boulevard
Canada's largest museum of its kind, the Science and Technology Museum is only a ten minute drive from the Inn. Turn left onto Bronson Avenue from the Inn (first left just past the lights, up the hill) then turn left again onto Slater Street. Take Slater Street to O'Connor all the way down under the expressway (Queensway) and then turn left onto Isabella, staying in the centre lane and you will see the entrance to the Queensway East. Take the Queensway and get off at the St. Laurent Blvd. exit. Go south on St. Laurent to Lancaster Road and you're there. There is lots of free parking. You will also find a gift shop, cafeteria and a picnic area. If you wish to take a bus, you can catch a No. 85 south of us on Slater Street. Ask the driver to let you know when you get to the Museum stop. No transfer is required. It will probably take about 20 minutes on the bus.
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