Visiting the Central Experimental Farm

April 21st, 2014 | Posted by jdelroy-admin

Many people do not realize that Ottawa is the only country in the world to have a working farm in the heart of its capital.  The  Central Experimental Farm was established in 1886 and is a National Historic Site and is home to the Canadian Agricultural Museum.

The farm covers over 400 hectares and is open to the public all year long.  It is only a short drive from Albert House Inn and a pleasant bicycle ride.  The Ornamental Gardens and the Arboretum are two of the more popular sites at the farm. You often see bridal parties having photo shoots in the gardens and they are a wonderful place just to wonder around and savour all the colours and scents.

The rows of lilacs and the iris gardens are particularly spectacular and of course the roses are amazing, many of which were bred at the farm (the hardy Explorer roses for example).

The Arboretum covers about 26 hectares of rolling land between Prince of Wales Drive and the Rideau Canal. Many of the trees and shrubs planted in 1889 are now among the largest specimens of their kind in Canada.  The Arboretum is open every day from sunrise to sunset and is a popular place for picnics.

So when you are staying with us in our downtown Ottawa bed and breakfast inn and have enjoyed our fabulous breakfast, why not visit the Central Experimental Farm and discover all the wonderful delights it has to offer.



June and July in Ottawa

June 3rd, 2013 | 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 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.



Th Van Gogh Experience

August 2nd, 2012 | Posted by jdelroy-admin

The summer of 2012 brings a unique opportunity to The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.  One of the most famous and well decorated artists in history is featured in a exhibition of his great work.  Upwards of 40 paintings and artworks are on display for the public, some of which have rarely been shown before.  Van Gogh: Up Close will be featured until September 3, and has already been on display since May.  Vincent Van Gogh, one of the most famous artists in history, is on display in Canada for the first time in 25 years.  The Dutch artist displays his love for nature in this collection of various landscapes and beautiful settings.  The show includes Iris (1889), from the National Gallery of Canada’s collection, as well as paintings depicting another corner of the garden where Van Gogh painted Iris.

Van Gogh: Up Close is a chance to see expressionism at its finest.  If you love art, Van Gogh, or are looking to do something different in the nation’s capital, we highly suggest you take a look at this exhibit.  The Albert House Inn is only a short distance from the gallery and less than a 12 minute drive away. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada is among the oldest of Canada’s national cultural institutions. The Van Gogh experience is open Daily from 10 am to 6 pm, Thursdays to 8 pm with the last ticket of the day issued 90 minutes before exhibition’s closing. Collection galleries close at 5 pm, Thursdays at 8 pm. Admission fees range from $25-$10 with group and family options available.  Visit here for more information on tickets and admission.

We encourage you to take advantage of this wonderful experience.  Staying in our downtown Ottawa hotel is an easy solution to visit this exhibition as well as the rest that Ottawa has to offer.  We are a bed and breakfast as well, so you can have our fabulous breakfast while enjoying a comfortable stay.

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