Archive for ◊ January, 2014 ◊

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• 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!

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• 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.

Author: admin
• Friday, January 24th, 2014

Alanna has now left us at the Lord Elgin Hotel as the social media intern but there is now a new face around the office. Although Alanna will be greatly missed, we welcome AJ Adams to the team.

AJ is studying public relations at Algonquin College here in Ottawa. He has an extensive background running social media, from his high school’s Facebook page, to charity campaigns to his hometown’s BIA Facebook and Twitter accounts. The Lord Elgin Hotel is the 16th Facebook page that he has run and he is only 19 years old.

AJ is from a small town called Kincardine, ON located roughly eight hours from Ottawa, along the shores of Lake Huron. AJ is in his last semester of his program, which is a work placement, which lead AJ to the Lord Elgin. From working summer jobs in the tourism industry back in Kincardine, working at the Lord Elgin Hotel is a great fit and interest for him.

AJ loves social media, local history, photography and graphic design. He is a self-described “creative-nerd”.

AJ is planning on taking a post-grad certificate next year in either event management or interactive multimedia at Algonquin College.

“Everyone here on the sales team is extremely friendly and nice. Everyone has welcomed me with their arms wide open and it has been an easy and great transition from a classroom setting to the “real world,” says AJ.

“Ann, Liz, Max, Tessa and Andrew are all great people and I am very excited to be working with them over the next few months,” adds AJ.

AJ will be working as the social media intern for the Lord Elgin Hotel until the end of April.

Author: admin
• Friday, January 24th, 2014

Do you have a portable keyboard at home that is not being used? Not sure what to do with it?

Our friends at the National Arts Centre have the answer!

The NAC’s Music Alive Program in Nunavut is interested in acquiring used portable keyboards to donate to Peter Pitseolak High School in Cape Dorset. This school recently acquired a beautiful digital piano, thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the National Arts Centre Orchestra. With this addition to their music room, students have had the opportunity to work on keyboard skills, songwriting, and digital recording techniques.

The schools’ music teacher, Christa Borden, is giving free piano lessons to a number of interested students, and the Music Alive Program is working with the school to support some exciting opportunities for the students to develop their musical skills. However, these students don’t have instruments at home to practice on, or to work on individually in class.

If you have a used portable keyboard that could be donated to this worthy program, the NAC would love to hear from you. They are interested in all makes and models, but donated keyboards must be in playing condition and should not require any repairs. Qualifying instruments may be eligible for a charitable tax receipt from the NAC Foundation. Please contact Music Alive Program Administrator Natasha Harwood at 613-947-7000 ext 233 or natasha.harwood@nac-cna.ca for more information, or to donate an instrument.

Author: admin
• Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

‘Near the Lord Elgin’ will be a reoccurring blog post that will be written here on the Lord Elgin Hotel Blog. ‘Near the Lord Elgin’ will feature attractions from around the Ottawa area. Anything from a museum to an art gallery to stores to festivals. The attraction will all be feature on this blog as well as a photo album on our Facebook page. Our first ‘Near the Lord Elgin’ post is about the Canadian Museum of Nature.

The Canadian Museum of Nature, located just 1km down the road form the Lord Elgin Hotel is a must see when you visit the City of Ottawa. With many amazing exhibits, interactive displays and awesome staff, The Canadian Museum of Nature is a great part of Ottawa.

Originally built in 1912 as the Victoria Memorial Museum, the building has had a long and interesting life. In 1916 when the Canadian Parliament buildings burnt down, the Victoria Memorial Museum was a temporary home (For four year) to the Canadian Government. Now the building is home to its only tenant, the Canadian Museum of Nature. The building has gone through several changes over the years including a huge renovation creating the “Queen’s Lantern”, which is the giant glass structure you see at the front of the building.

The Museum of Nature has many exhibits featuring giant prehistoric skeletons, “real” T-rexes attacking a herd of triceratops, more birds then you can count, rocks and gems everyone, a giant whale and so much more.

One of the best parts about the Canadian Museum of Nature is it is fun for the whole family. Throughout each exhibit the museum staff have created interactive displays. Some for any age and some for the young ones who want to play in a submarine or look for gold in a mine. The Museum of Nature is friendly for anyone of any age. There were even people in their 80s playing with the interactive displays and would say aloud how nice it would be to be a kid again. This museum brings back fun and life into everyone who walks through its halls.

Currently, the museum has a special exhibit called “Frogs – A Chorus of Colour”. The exhibit features a rainbow of frogs from around the world. You never new frogs could be so small or so big! “Frogs are among the most visually stunning, vocally pleasing, and adaptively remarkable life forms on Earth”. While at the museum you will get eyeball-to-eyeball with tree frogs, tomato frogs, bullfrogs, horned frogs, dart poison frogs, toads and more. Live specimens are presented in attractively re-created native habitats complete with plants, rock ledges and waterfalls. If you go with your family you must try out the hands-on activities, including frog calls, origami, frog drawing, crafts and more. If you’ve never thought of frogs as beautiful, this exhibition will change your mind! Frogs – A Chorus of Colour runs until May 11, 2014

The Canadian Museum of Nature is fairly priced and you get what you pay for – Amazement and excitement for the whole family.

Adult: $12
Student (13+)/ Senior (65+): $10
Child (3–12): $8
Tiny Tot (Ages 2 and younger): Free
Members: Free

If you want to learn more about the Canadian Museum of Nature visit their website at www.nature.ca

You can check out all of our amazing photos from our trip to the Museum of Nature on our Facebook page.
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