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Author: admin
• Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Places to check out:
Pom Pom
Bucklands Fine Clothing
Clocktower Brew Pub
Corner Bar and Grill
Nicastro’s on Bank

The Glebe is a neighbourhood I’ve been dying to explore for quite some time. Lucky for me, my best friend just so happens to live in the heart of the Glebe so I had the perfect tour guide. She took me to the best places to see and be scene in the Glebe.

When I think of the Glebe, I think of unique restaurants, trendy stores and an all around exciting and cool atmosphere. What I especially like about the Glebe is that everything is within close proximity (grocery stores, drug stores, shopping, restaurants, salons), and it’s close enough to other neighbourhoods (Centretown, Preston St., the Byward Market). If, for some reason, you feel like venturing outside the Glebe (which I’m not sure why you would), everything is within walking distance or a short car ride.

The Glebe has been around since about 1900, as one of Ottawa’s first suburbs. Many of the houses built then are still around today. The Glebe stretches along Bank St. and has become a premier spot for dining and shopping.

I asked my friend who lives in the Glebe what her favourite part of the neighbourhood is. She began to tell me that its the attitude the Glebe has. Everyone you meet is unique, each store has special qualities about it and each restaurant appeals to every different appetite.

One of my favourite stores we checked out that day was PomPom. The best way to describe it is eclectic. You go in one week and see lots of amazing clothes, and the next week the store has completely new and different styles.

When describing The Glebe, I think it is important to discuss the new TD Place and the Ottawa REDBLACKS CFL team as well as the FC Ottawa Fury. With the stadium that hosts those teams home games , it is imperative to know where to have a quick bite before the game or a pint after a hard fought win. My fave places include Corner Bar and Grill and the Clocktower Brew Pub.

What’s also great is OC Transpo and STO have increased service on game days, and they also offer free rides with your ticket! They offer park and shuttle spots at different spots throughout the city and TD Place itself offers free bike storage as well! All the more reason to leave your car at home and just take public transit.
For more information about all the Glebe has to offer, be sure to check them out online at www.glebebia.com and on twitter at @GlebeBIA

Author: admin
• Wednesday, July 09th, 2014

Neighbourhood Watch: Westboro

Places to check out:
Whispers Pub and Eatery
The Savoy Brasserie
Churchill’s
lululemon Athletica
Mountain Equipment Co-op
Magpie Jewelry

As a local Ottawa girl, Westboro has been a place i’ve been countless times. I have family in the area, but I also just love the atmosphere the neighbourhood provides. Now, many confuse Hintonburg (the neighbourhood I covered last week) with Westboro, however they are two different areas that just so happen to be on the same stretch of road.

Located six kilometres west of Parliament Hill, Westboro stretches across Richmond Road from Island Park Drive to Golden Avenue. It is home to some of the best restaurants and coolest shops.

When visiting Westboro, it’s best to always wear comfy shoes, and even a pair of sunglasses. Everything is completely outside – entrances to shops and even some patios in the restaurants – so being prepared and protected is a must.

During my time in Westboro, I had to start with my morning latte. Luckily, there are many coffee shops and cafe’s to choose from. I got my coffee from Simply Biscotti. A simple, family owned and operated cafe with fresh food and great coffee. Not to fear, there’s a Starbucks and a Bridgehead nearby as well!

When I think of Westboro, I think of sporty, active people. These are the people that take regular yoga classes or find biking a better mode of transportation. If ever I’m in need of some new gear, Mountain Equipment Co-op is the place to go. As well as Bushtukah and Lulu Lemon!

Westboro has it all. Amazing restaurants, great shopping; you really can’t go wrong with visit here, whether you have an hour or the whole day.

Make sure to come on an empty stomach; I had the opportunity to try out this amazing restaurant called Corner Bar and Grill. They specialize in craft beers. So went with a classic fish and chip for lunch and an ice cold beer to wash it down. The wait staff knew their brews and the food was such an excellent portion you really can’t go wrong here. Because I was eating alone they made sure to spend a little extra time with me chatting and really making me feel like I was at home.

Finally, the best part of Westboro is the FREE street parking! So you don’t have to worry about coming back to fill up the metre or spending loads of money on parking! Check out Westboro online at www.westborovillage.com or on twitter at @westboroBIA

Author: admin
• Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Neighbourhood: Hintonburg/Wellington West
Location: Wellington St. West from the Somerset St. Bridge to Island Park Drive.

To some, it is known as Wellington West. To others, it is known as Hintonburg. Whatever you choose to call it, Wellington St. West from the Somerset bridge to Island Park Drive is a neighbourhood that has a little something for everyone; the foodie, the shopaholic, or even the artist.

Before you conquer Hintonburg/Wellington West, there are a few things you should know:

– Be sure to bring sunglasses and comfy walking shoes, as you’re going to be outside most of the day walking up and down the street!
– Come on an empty stomach because there are so many amazing restaurants to try out! There is something to satisfy every craving.
– An open mind: to new art, jewelry and clothing. Each store and gallery brings a certain unique factor that no one else has.. You might be surprised at what you can find in each.

I started my tour right in the middle of the neighbourhood, Holland and Wellington St. The sun was shining and for a Tuesday afternoon, it was quite busy! Lots of people out running errands, shopping for something special or, like me, just wandering around taking in all this neighbourhood has to offer.

I began walking down the street and peeking in a few shops when noticed my stomach starting to growl. I ended up choosing Caffe Mio for a quick lunch, a favourite spot among locals with a great menu and even better wait staff. What I love about this place is the fact that it’s a triple threat – cozy atmosphere, knowledgeable staff and good food. It does not get any better than that. Although there are many amazing restaurants in this neighbourhood, Caffe Mio is an awesome choice.

What is so awesome about this neighbourhood is how welcoming it makes you feel. Each store you enter, you are greeted with a smile and a “hey, how’s your day going?”. I had some great conversations with people as they were working and to me, that can make the experience of shopping so much better.

There were so many amazing jewelry shops as you walked along Wellington St. West. I had to stop myself from wanting to buy every single thing I saw. So decided to wander toward where more of the restaurants are.

Although there are some great patios to check out in Hintonburg/Wellington West, the spots with the big, open windows at the front are the ones that I enjoy. It gives you that outdoorsy feel without actually having to sit out in the hot sun.

When I first decided to give this neighbourhood a tour, I had an ulterior motive. I had heard from friends about this gourmet donut place called SuzyQ for quite some time now. People just could not stop talking about how amazing these things were and how I absolutely had to try it. So now I had a reason! When I arrived at SuzyQ, I was surprised that I was the only one in there. But I soon realized why. They had just ran out of donuts and were about to bake some more so the wait was 10 minutes. I decided to stay and I’m so glad I did. These donuts we’re so warm and fresh. The flavours were amazing and for just $10, I got six of them!

My time spent in Hintonburg/Wellington West was an afternoon well spent, and I highly recommend checking it out, whether you have an hour or a whole day.

Restaurants worth trying:
– Wellington Gastro Pub
– Absinthe
– The Hintonburger
– Supply and Demand
– SuzyQ
– Caffe Mio
– Elmdale Oyster House and Tavern

The neighbourhood has so much to offer, for more information visit their website here http://wellingtonwest.ca/ or check them out on twitter @wellington_west

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!

Neighbourhood: The ByWard Market
Location: Sussex Dr. & Rideau St. to Dalhousie St. & Cathcart St.

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.

Recommended Restaurants:
– Play Food & Wine
– Blue Cactus
– Heart & Crown
– The Grand
– Stella Osteria
– Cornerstone Bar & Grill
– The Cupcake Lounge
– Luxe Bistro
– Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar

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!