Where to stay
We are delighted to be based at The Westin Ottawa in the heart of downtown, conveniently attached to the Shaw Centre and the Rideau Centre Mall, on the Rideau Canal with views of Parliament Hill. Steps away from Byward Market and many of Canada's most popular national attractions, the Westin offers spacious hotel rooms and all the modern amenities you need. We are delighted to be able to offer a special rate to CHARM delegates, make your booking here, https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1547564346844&key=GRP&app=resvlink
Alternatively, you might want to try something different. In which case we offer the following recommendations:
For a ‘grand’ stay, try the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, within walking distance of the Westin, https://www.fairmont.com/laurier-ottawa/
The Lord Elgin is close to the Sparks Street shopping district, and within walking distance to the Westin, https://lordelginhotel.ca/
The Andaz comes recommended by staff at Sprott and will put you in the ByWard Market for after-hours fun, https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/canada/andaz-ottawa-byward-market/yowaz?src=corp_lclb_gmb_seo_nam_yowaz
Also in the ByWard Market is the Courtyard by Marriott, https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yowcy-courtyard-ottawa-downtown/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2
For listings of Bed and Breakfast options try,
For an unusual stay at hostel rates, try the Ottawa Jail Hostel, which is actually housed in a former jail, https://hihostels.ca/en/destinations/ontario/hi-ottawa
The University of Ottawa offers summer accommodation in student residence rooms. You can book online at, https://www.hebergement.uottawa.ca/?L=en-CA
Things to Do in Ottawa in May 2019
No doubt you will be coming into Ottawa to hear about the very latest research in the history of marketing but, while you are in town, we hope you get a chance to see something of Canada’s capital.
As the official Ottawa tourism site notes, it is ‘a dynamic showcase city of more than one million people…where you’ll hear English and French spoken in the streets; where you can discover Canada’s proud heritage at impressive national sites and famous landmarks, including the Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)’. It is a city rich in culture, with world-class museums and galleries displaying stunning national collections and special exhibitions from Canada and around the world. Ottawa is known for being both welcoming and walkable so we hope you manage to get out and about. To get you started, here are a few suggestions and places where you can find out more.
As is CHARM tradition, we have lined up a fun, social event for the Saturday evening, which you can opt into when registering for the conference. Escape Manor is an interactive and immersive group activity where you use logic and teamwork to find clues, crack codes, and solve puzzles to “escape” from a series of themed rooms. We are booked for the Byward Market rooms, find out more here, https://www.escapemanor.com/ottawa
Ottawa Tourism’s Site: https://www.ottawatourism.ca/see-and-do/tours-sightseeing/#
The Byward Market describes itself as Ottawa’s Number 1 tourist attraction. Depending on the season, you will find all kinds of vendors in the open air market and more sheltered buildings, https://byward-market.com/en/home/
National Gallery of Canada, walkable from the Westin Hotel, is Canada's premier art gallery housed in a glass and granite building on Sussex Drive with a notable view of the Canadian Parliament buildings on Parliament Hill. Be sure to get your picture taken standing under Maman, Louise Bourgeois’s spider, standing over 30 feet tall! https://www.gallery.ca/
Right across the canal from the Westin hotel stands the National Arts Centre for the performing arts. The National Arts Centre was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2006, https://nac-cna.ca/en/ Joni Mitchell’s The Fiddle and the Drum is being performed by the Alberta Ballet just before the conference starts, May 15 and 16, for those who might want to arrive early: https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/18657 .
The play Between Breaths is playing in the intimate Azrieli Theatre, May 7 to 18: https://www.ticketmaster.ca/promo/mwq1fw
Boat Tours of the Rideau Canal (starting May 11, 2019) leave from the National Arts Centre side of the canal – just across from the Westin Hotel. For more info and to book tickets: http://rideaucanalcruises.ca/en/
Open Top Double Decker Bus Tours leave from 59 Sparks Street, at the corner of Sparks & Elgin, a short walk from the Westin Hotel. For more info and to book tickets: https://ladydive.com/amphibus-and-buses/
We are lucky that we are in town during the Canadian Tulip Festival, May 10 to 20, 2019. Claiming to be the world's largest tulip festival, over one million tulips are on display, with attendance of over 650,000 visitors annually: https://tulipfestival.ca/
Note: during the Tulip Festival many bus routes are re-routed to avoid the crowds.
Housed in Ottawa’s oldest stone structure, the Bytown Museum explores the city’s history from the early years of Rideau Canal construction, through the rough and tumble days of Bytown, to its emergence as Canada’s capital and beyond. Walkable from the Westin, it is located on the lower locks of the Rideau Canal, just below Parliament Hill, https://bytownmuseum.com/
Also within walking distance of the Westin, you can take Tours of Parliament, https://visit.parl.ca/sites/Visit/default/en_CA
Finally, why not enjoy Afternoon Tea at Zoe’s Lounge of the Chateau Laurier Hotel, https://www.zoesottawa.com/afternoon-tea/