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.



Cycling Paths In Downtown Ottawa

April 2nd, 2013 | Posted by jdelroy-admin

This is one of the many questions we get from people as some of the most popular things to do in Ottawa during the warmer  months are cycling, walking or jogging (especially before enjoying one of our sumptuous breakfasts).  Albert House Inn is in a great location in downtown Ottawa for easy walking not only to many of outstanding national attractions, businesses, great shopping and dining choices but access to one of the largest networks of pathways in North America is just a five minute stroll away.

Ottawa’s Capital Pathways has more than 300 kilometres of recreational paths which connect parks, museums and attractions in Ottawa.  The paths will soon be ready for use as they are cleared and repaired every spring and are usually open to walkers, joggers and cyclists by May 1st.

All you need to do is go west on Albert Street (go out the front door and turn left), cross the street to the north at the intersection, continue west through the lights and as soon as you get to the next street which is half a block (Commissioner) turn north (right) and you will see the Fleet Street Pumping Station.

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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