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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
• 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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