Ottawa has Stanley Cup fever – join in the fun!

May 29, 2007

While visiting Ottawa for CHLA/ABSC 2007, we invite you to join in the fun as the Ottawa Senators try to bring the Cup home to Canada!

You’ll find several designated Stanley Cup Finals Celebration Zones in the downtown core.

Watch the game over dinner in restaurants along Elgin Street’s Sens Mile or in restaurants around the Red Square in the ByWard Market.  Each game day at 6:00pm, Festival Plaza will transform into City of Ottawa Fan Fest, proudly sponsored by:, Majic 100, 93.9 Bob FM and A-Channel, a family friendly celebration zone with food concessions and jumbo-tron screens.

Police and other first responders will be out in force at all sites to ensure that everyone stays safe.

For more information:

– City Hall Media contact: 613-580-2450
– Public inquiries: 3-1-1
Ottawa Senators & Scotiabank Place


Family Activities

May 29, 2007

I’m sure that some of you will be travelling kids and want some kid-friendly actitivities, so here’s a page with basic information (such as finding a playground), so here’s a page to help you out.

Ottawa has a rich tradition of museums and galleries.  For example, The National Art Gallery and Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography are located right in the heart of downtown Ottawa – walking distance from the Lord Elgin. 

The Children’s Museum, part of the Museum of Civilization is a great place to bring kids and it has a huge outdoor playground and a current exhibition displaying toys from around the world.  It’s located in Hull, just over the bridge.  For detailed directions, go to the museum’s website.

Papanack Zoo is located about 40 minutes east of Ottawa in Wendover. It is surprisingly large and includes a wide array of animals, including one of the world’s largest black bears…although don’t take my word on that one. I seem to remember reading/hearing that last year while visiting.

The Experimental Farm aka Canada Agriculture Museum, is located right in the heart of Ottawa. It’s about a 10 minute drive from downtown with barns housing pigs, cows, bulls, chickens, rabbits. And of course, it has the mandatory outdoor playground, as well as a museum with tractors on display and the kids are allowed to climb on top some of them.

Library of Parliament Tour

May 29, 2007

Tuesday May 29
2:00 pm

This tour is limited to 30 people

This will be a specially guided tour which will provide a historical background, interesting information on the conservation/upgrade/rehabilitation project in addition to services offered to the Library’s clients. Visitors will have a chance to see the basements and galleries. The Library of Parliament was built between 1859-1857 is the only part of the original Parliament buildings to survive the fire of 1916. The Library re-opened last year after being closed for major renovations which have restored and enhanced its great beauty. Although library staff also work at other locations, the Library of Parliament serves the information, research and documentation needs of Parliament.

Tours of the Centre Block will be available if you wish to make your own arrangements. A walk behind the Parliament Building has one of the better views in Ottawa and gives a sense of the landscape of the Capital of Canada.

Walks and Runs – Exploring Ottawa

May 29, 2007

Wednesday May 30
7:30 am– 8:30 am

Rideau Canal Pathway

Crossing Elgin Street, we’ll make our way through Confederation Park and follow the Rideau Canal. The pathway runs right alongside the canal, and shady trees and colourful flowerbeds line the route. With no roads to cross or traffic to avoid, it’s ideal for a relaxing walk, and a perfect route for runners.

Friday June 1
7:30 am – 8:30 am
Historic Ottawa

Today’s walk will be along Wellington Street, passing the Parliament buildings, the Supreme Court and possibly as far as Library and Archives Canada. Then, for a change of pace, we’ll walk or run back along the Ottawa River to the Ottawa Locks. Built in the early 19th century, the locks connect the Ottawa River to the canal. This will take us back to our starting point, minutes from the hotel.

(All walks start from the lobby of the Lord Elgin Hotel)