Christmas Lights Across Canada

November 20th, 2012 | Posted by jdelroy-admin

One of the unique things to experience in the nation’s capital this time of year is the Christmas Lights Across Canada program.  From early December through early January the landmark sites across Ottawa are decorated and lit up with Christmas lights.  Over 300,000 dazzling lights will be used throughout downtown Ottawa with over 60 sites on display.


Buildings along Confederation Boulevard in Ottawa and Gatineau attract visitors from all over the country during this time of the year.  Many visitors schedule holiday shopping trips to Ottawa in time to see the lights. The lights across Canada program extends to other provinces and territories across the country.


On December 6th, the twenty eighth lighting will be take place in a ceremony on Parliament Hill with residents, visitors and dignitaries all sharing this special celebration.  This is one of the most wonderful times to come and visit the capitol.  Between the shopping, Christmas décor and spirit, there’s not a better time to come and check out our great city.   We’ll provide warm housing and delicious hot breakfasts to get the day started.  After experiencing the lights, come back to a welcoming pot of tea or cup of hot chocolate by the fire and then end your day in your comfortable, cozy room.


Things To Do in Ottawa In The Next Few Months

November 6th, 2012 | Posted by jdelroy-admin

The next couple months will feature plenty of events and things to do in the Ottawa area.  Let’s take a look at three different things to do in November and the months following. Most of the information is gathered from the official Ottawa tourism site.


European Union Film Festival – The Canadian Film Institute presents their annual showcase of the best of contemporary European cinema. The festival will run from November 15th-December 2nd.  Head over to the Library and Archives Canada for the 18 day festival.  The event is presented by two organizations, the European Union Member States and the Delegation of the European Union to Canada.  The films are unique to the capital cities in that they’ve never before been seen.

Library and Archives Canada


395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON

Christmas Marketplace – Discover delicious local food products and lovely handcrafted objects at a traditional shopping

experience inspired by outdoor Christmas markets. Enjoy live music and children’s activities at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Come and meet local vendors, discover delicious regional products and unique handmade objects, and experience the creativity and enthusiasm that drives area artisans.

Canadian Museum of Civilization

100 Laurier Street, Gatineau, QC

War of 1812Even as Napoleon’s vast armies sought to conquer Europe, dramatic events were shaping the future of North

America. Discover the War of 1812-1815 through the eyes of its Canadian, American, British and First Peoples participants. The exhibition will take place at the Canadian War Museum until January 6th, 2013

Canadian War Museum

1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, ON

Nature Unleashed – Inside Natural Disasters Explore the dramatic power of Earth’s forces through the natural phenomena of earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes and tornadoes. Head over to the Candaian Museum of Nature until May, 5th 2013.

Canadian Museum of Nature

240 McLeod Street. Ottawa, ON

All of the events are within a short distance of the Albert House Inn.  Spend a weekend in Ottawa to enjoy all the festivities in the area.  We’ll provide a comfortable stay with delicious breakfast each morning to get your day started right.

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