The next couple months will feature plenty of events and things to do in the Ottawa area. Let’s take a look at what’s happening in downtown Ottawa and area in June and July. Most of these events are easily accessible from Albert House Inn.
Supreme Court of Canada ongoing until the end of August. Many people don’t realize that tours are available. The Court is just a short walk from the Inn. The guides, who are all law students, familiarize visitors with the operation of the Canadian judicial system and explain how legal issues of public importance are dealt with by the Supreme Court of Canada.
Chicken and Rib Cook-Off Sparks Street Mall June 19-23. The Sparks Street Mall hosts this annual event and teams from Canada and the United States compete for the top rank of best rib choice, best rib sauce, best chicken choice and best chicken sauce. Each day, the ribbers will start their grills at 11am and continue cooking until the evening hours. Head on over to the Mall (a ten minute walk from Albert House Inn) and chow down!
Ottawa Dragonboat Festival June 20-23. This is the 20th Annual Festival and is shaping up to shatter past participation and attendance records. 187 teams have registered with teams coming from Boston, New York City, Florida, Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Hamilton and more. The Dragonboat Foundation was founded in 2004 to help efforts with fundraising for local charities.
The challenge has raised over $2.43 million. The event takes place at Mooney’s Bay on Riverside Drive and is free for spectators. Free concerts and extreme sporting displays are also on offer. Mooney’s Bay is less than a 15 minute drive from Albert House Inn.
Ottawa Jazz Festival June 20-July 1. Jazz musicians from Canada and around the world perform in open air venues and intimate studio spaces. The main stage is at Confederation Park and performances will also be taking place at different venues such as the Dominion-Chalmers United Church, the National Arts Center and the popular Late-Night Jamming sessions will be at AlphaSoul, located at 1015 Wellington St. West in Hintonburg. Albert House Inn is central to all venue locations. This is the festival’s 33rd edition and promises “a diverse, expansive, and above all genuine Festival . . . .”
Canada Day July 1. The big event of the year draws thousands of people to Parliament Hill to enjoy music, dance and a great fireworks display.
The festivities are also happening in downtown parks and on the streets. Get there early to ensure you have a good viewing spot.
Ottawa Bluesfest July 4-14. This great outdoor music festival has become the largest blues festival in Canada and the second largest in North America. The festival takes place at Lebreton Flats which is only a ten minute walk from Albert House Inn. We are the closest accommodation to the festival.
The above events are just a few reasons to visit Ottawa in June and July. Stay at our comfortable bed and breakfast inn in the heart of downtown Ottawa and you will be able to walk to many of these great activities. Our heritage boutique hotel is just perfect offering fabulous, gourmet breakfasts, outstanding personal service and comfy rooms with modern amenities.