Author: admin
• Thursday, May 29th, 2014

My name is Tess MacLellan and I am a social media intern at the historic Lord Elgin Hotel located in downtown Ottawa. As a public relations student at Algonquin College, I am passionate about great food, family and friends, and working hard. Each week, I will be featuring a different neighbourhood and restaurant in Ottawa to showcase all the amazing and diverse treasures this city has to offer. Discover new and exciting possibilities through The Lord Elgin Hotel’s blog!

It may seem hard to believe, but every weekend the ByWard Market has 50,000 people walking it’s sidewalks during summer. For some, the Market is a place to go for some nightlife fun and amusement. For others, it is a place to purchase fresh, local fruits and vegetables. I have spent the day touring around to find out what the ByWard Market is really about.

For starters, It is beneficial to know a little history about the Market. It was established in 1826 by Lieutenant-Colonel John By, the same man who designed the Rideau Canal. The ByWard Market includes George Street North, Dalhousie Street from George to Cathcart, and Sussex Drive East to Cumberland Street West. Originally, the Lieutenant-Colonel designed George Street North and York Street to be extra wide to accommodate the horse drawn carriages that came through to make deliveries to the Market.

It was a beautiful day on Tuesday, the sun was shining and there was a light breeze in the air. Perfect for touring around outside. On first arrival, I could hear the strums of a guitar echoing. I could feel all the culture this place had to offer almost immediately.

The Market has so much to offer from fresh fruits and vegetables to lush flowers, jewelry, and clothing. The colours are so vibrant and pretty you cannot help yourself but be totally mesmerized by what is around you. Everyone working in the Market was extremely friendly and helpful making shopping and visiting downtown Ottawa a joyful experience.


I made my way to the ByWard Market Square, the central part of the Market where most of the action is. This building houses many different vendors, such as women’s and children’s clothing to food and cafés. My favourite place to visit was Moulin de Provence, an attractive spot amongst tourists since this was where U.S. President Barack Obama visited during his time in Ottawa in 2009.

As I continued on my journey I was able to find lots of great shops for clothing and accessories. Frou Frou, the Sassy Bead Co., and Tickled Pink are just some of my favourites to browse through. The kiosks along the streets also have some great finds at even better prices. Whether you are looking for something small or large, there is something for everyone.


After walking around for a few hours, you are probably going to be looking for a nice place to sit, eat, and relax. I know I was. The ByWard Market has an endless supply of restaurants and patios to choose from. There is something there for everyone whether you visit the Market during the day and venture for entertainment at night, there are lots of different options.

For more information on all the ByWard Market has to offer, be sure to check out www.byward-market.com or the ByWard Market Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thebywardmarket

Author: admin
• Monday, March 03rd, 2014

©Ottawa Tourism

March Break is in just a few weeks!

Do you have plans yet for your son and/or daughter’s break? Well, Ottawa is the place to be this March Break!

When March Break in Ottawa rolls around from the 3rd through the 16th, families can make some great travel plans and keep the kids entertained with some of the city’s best holiday activities.

You can check out Ottawa Tourism’s full list (Click Here) of activities but here are some of the events:

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Barnyard Break – From March 1 – 16, take in a wide variety of demonstrations, make some fascinating food discoveries, and visit the animals in the Museum barns.

Canada Aviation and Space Museum
March Break is all about Helicopters! Explore the whirling world of helicopters through daily demonstrations and workshops about these amazing hovering machines.
23rd Annual LEGO Contest – Bring in your aviation-inspired LEGO creation for a chance to win great prizes!
Zoom to the Moon! – Listen to a cool story, put on your spacesuit, climb aboard your “space box” and blast off to see the stars before docking at the “space station.” All sorts of fun is to be had at the museum this March Break!

Canadian Museum of Nature
Frogs, Penguins and Monsters, Oh My! – Get eyeball-to-eyeball with colorful frogs and toads and try out the hands-on activities, including frog calls, origami, frog drawing and crafts. Be sure to stick around for 3D movies featuring penguins or flying monsters!

Haunted Walks
Jail Tours – Families can take a spooky guided tour though Ottawa, which is a unique way to see the city. Tour the Old Carleton County Jail and learn about why Ottawa was once considered ‘the most dangerous town in North America’. Learn about early prison life, as you see the jail cells, death row and the last working gallows in Canada.

Here at the Lord Elgin Hotel, we also have our March Break Super Deal where you save 30%. Book your stay with us today!

Author: admin
• Thursday, February 27th, 2014

We are so happy with the how this story turned out we thought we would share it. (Review via TripAdvisor)

“A lovely hotel, and a staff that goes above and beyond!”
I would like to share my recent experience at the Lord Elgin hotel, which was a mind-blowing experience and one that we will remember for the rest of our lives.

This is a special place for my fiancé and me. The first time we met for coffee was in the Starbucks attached to this hotel, 4 years ago. I always had it in the back of my mind that if I were to propose to her, it would (1) be a surprise, and (2) in the place we first met. Unfortunately, this coffee shop has been closed for renovations for a few months, which presented a challenge. Fortunately, the staff at the Lord Elgin was more than up to the challenge.

After waiting a couple of months, I contacted Ann, the director of sales and marketing, to ask about when the coffee shop would be reopening. She told me that there had been some delays, but loved my idea, and offered her help if there was anything she could do. I had some ideas and so did she. I wanted to share how it all went down thanks to Ann, and the rest of the staff of the hotel.

We arrived at the hotel at 7pm, and I was greeted by the valet. “Here for a coffee?” he asked, with a slight wink that L (my soon-to-be fiancé) didn’t even notice. We walked into the hotel, greeted by the bellman, who escorted us down the hall (L thoroughly confused at this point). As we approached the darkened coffee shop, you could already start to see the glow of the candles …

At this point, I should probably acknowledge that getting a proposal in a Starbucks, much less one under renovation, is not everyone’s idea of romance. So perhaps I should describe what it looked like inside. In addition to the candlelight, the staff had cleaned up the entire area, and cleared everything away, except for a single table with a white tablecloth. Standing next to it was the most beautiful bouquet of red roses, and a silver bucket filled with ice and a bottle of champagne.

It was here that I popped the question, and she said yes! After enjoying the champagne, it was off to a lovely dinner, but not before getting a round of applause from the hotel staff, who had gathered in the lobby to be the first to congratulate us on our engagement.

I can’t say enough to Ann and the staff of this beautiful and historic hotel for making this day so special for us. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the hotel and its wonderful staff, for any type of event, big or small. As you can see, they really go the extra mile!

Author: admin
• Thursday, February 27th, 2014

We’re hiring! We have an opening for sales manager for a maternity leave. Markets include Tour and Travel and SMERF. Start date: early June. Please send applications to ameelker@lordelgin.ca

Author: admin
• Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Students in Algonquin College’s Event Management program are working to raise $1 million for Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada.

Each year, students in both the fall and winter intakes of the Event Management program plan and execute a variety of events in support of Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. To keep things interesting for the students, the budget for these events is $0! Despite this challenge, in the past five years the students have raised nearly over $500,000 including over $127,000 by the 2012 graduating classes alone.

The 2014 events are just around the corner. Two events are ‘Gatspeak’ and ‘Sailing to a Wish’.

Gatspeak is an evening inspired by a 20’s speakeasy and a glamorous Jay Gatsby party. It will be taking place on Friday March 21 at the Centurion Conference and Event Centre. An evening filled with fedoras, flapper dresses, headbands and pearls. You will be mesmerized by the delectable meal, the glamour, the entertainment, the fashion, the food and much more. Tickets for this event are $50. Learn more at http://gatspeak.wix.com/gatspeak

Sailing to a Wish: Who Done it on the Bluenose is a murder mystery event taking place March 23rd at the Nepean Sailing Club. The captain will guide you through a sea inspired cocktail hour, a tasty dinner and scrumptious desserts whilst witnessing a crime unfold. This interactive, theatre-type, fundraising dinner will allow each guest to become a detective as they attempt to tie clues together to solve a crime at sea. Tickets are $45 dollars. You can learn more about this event at http://sailingtoawish.weebly.com.

To learn more about all of the events being planned by the Event Management students read here.

Author: admin
• Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Thanks to our dear friend Sherryll Sobie Cooke at pixels&prose, we have discovered that the Lord Elgin Hotel is mentioned in an award winning novel.

The novel is ‘Late Nights on Air’ by Canadian writer Elizabeth Hay. In the book, the author chronicles her experiences as a CBC Radio journalist. The novel is set at a radio station in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Late Nights on Air was the winner of the 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

The reference to our hotel is the following: “Five weeks later, in the lobby of the Lord Elgin Hotel in Ottawa, Harry removed his glasses and looked at Gwen.” This is located on page 350 on the McClelland & Stewart edition.

Thanks again to Sherryll of pixels&prose for letting us know about this great discovery.
To learn more about Sherryll’s multimedia company visit www.pixelsandprose.ca

Author: admin
• Friday, January 31st, 2014

Happy Chinese New Year from all of us at the Lord Elgin Hotel.

The Chinese New Year is an important traditional Chinese holiday celebrated on the last day of the Chinese calendar.

In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year’s Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar. Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the “Lunar New Year”.

2014 is the year of the horse. The Horse (馬 午) is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. The horse provides a good and quick transportation for people before automobiles. Horse can give people a ride to their destination. Therefore, horse is not only a symbol of traveling, but also a sign of speedy success.

You were born the year of the horse if you were born in: 1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, and 2014.

Happy Chinese New Year everyone!

Author: admin
• Thursday, January 30th, 2014

As you may have seen outside the hotel, there is a wonderful ice bench that has been recently carved by a team of professional ice carvers from Russia.

The bench is here to to help decorate the Lord Elgin Hotel for Winterlude but also for your enjoyment and fun.

Whether if it is by yourself, with a significant other, friends or a furry creature, if you take a photo on our ice bench and post it on Twitter and/or Instagram with the hashtag #MyLordElgin, you will be automatically entered into a draw for a romantic one-night stay at the Lord Elgin Hotel. Free of charge.

It’s easy to enter. SIT-CLICK-POST-WIN.

We can’t wait to see everyone’s amazing and silly photos on our bench. Happy Winterlude! #MyLordElgin

Author: admin
• Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

A flurry of fun in Canada’s Capital Region!

You may have heard lots of talk online and offline about some large event called Winterlude. But what exactly is Winterlude?

Winterlude is an annual festival in Ottawa, ON and Gatineau, QC that has been taking place since 1979. The event is one of Ottawa’s most important tourist draws, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

The focal point of Winterlude is the Rideau Canal Skateway which at 7.8 kilometres (approximately five miles) is the largest skating rink in the world.

Other primary sites include the Snowflake Kingdom, which is located in Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau. This site is turned into a massive snow park with ice slides and snow sculptures and hosts numerous events and activities for children. It is the home away from home of the friendly IceHog family, the Winterlude Mascots.

Confederation Park, (just across the street from the Lord Elgin Hotel) better known as Crystal Garden, is the site for the ice sculpture competition, the ice lounge and musical concerts. Marion Dewar Plaza at City Hall (across from Confederation Park) is the site of the Rink of Dreams, an ice-skating rink that hosts skating shows, DJ dance parties and interactive art displays throughout the Festival. Dow’s Lake also has a large skating area and hosts various activities.
Related activities include special exhibits at numerous Ottawa museums, special events in the Byward Market, Sparks Street, a ‘loppet’ type race in Gatineau Park and a variety of other events throughout the city.

The 2014 event, the 36th annual Winterlude will be taking place from Jan. 31 and last until Feb. 17.

So come celebrate winter in the Capital during three fun-filled weekends in February. Grab your skates and glide along the Rideau Canal Skateway. Most activities are held on the weekends—learn-to-skate clinics, a hockey tournament, a winter triathlon, children’s entertainment—but the ice sculptures, skating on the Rideau Canal and the Snowflake Kingdom children’s snow playground are offered during the week (except Tues and Wed for Snowflake Kingdom).
Foodies will love unique culinary events created by some of the capital’s best local restaurants — wine and food pairings, chef demonstrations, walkabout winter feasts.

For the full line up of events check out the official Winterlude website.

Watch the 2013 Winterlude Video Here

Author: admin
• Monday, January 27th, 2014

Just a few blocks away from the Lord Elgin Hotel is one of Ottawa’s most known places, The ByWard Market.

Established by Lieutenant-Colonel John By in 1826, the ByWard Market is one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets. The legendary builder of the Rideau Canal, Colonel By himself laid out the street plan of the Market, designating George Street and York Street to be extra wide to accommodate the creation of a public market and gathering place.

An area roughly four blocks square, The ByWard Market offers many museums, cafés, specialty food shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, pubs, hair & aesthetics salons and more! Easily accessible on foot, by transit or by car, the ByWard Market offers a unique experience for a everyone who walks its streets.

The ByWard Market is Ottawa’s number one tourist attraction, and is the premier destination for shopping, dining, arts, entertainment and professional services for residents and visitors. This area averages 50,000 visitors per weekend in the summer months. It is home to both a local farmers’ market and artisans with over 260 stands, as well as over 500 businesses. In 2013, the ByWard Market will played host to 6.3 million of the 7 million visitors that visited the Nation’s Capital in 2013.


Business Highlights:
108- Restaurants, including 2 – 24 hour restaurants (Zak’s and Dunn’s)
35 – Food Retail Establishments
23 – Nightlife and Entertainment Venues – including:
The Chateau Lafayette – Ottawa’s oldest tavern, established in 1849, and the home to the ‘Lucky Ron Show’
25 – Arts, Culture and Education Facilities – and home to:
The National Gallery of Canada
Notre Dame Basilica – Ottawa’s oldest and largest church – opened in 1885
11 – Books and News Shops
57 – Fashion Shops –
Home of designer Richard Robinson’s shop and haute couture school
18 – House and Home Shops
19 – Boutiques
39 – Health and Beauty Salons
43 – Services

The ByWard Market is a must see if you visit Ottawa at any point of the year. For more information on the ByWard Market visit their website at www.byward-market.com or like their Facebook page.