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• 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!

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• 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!

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• 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

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• 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

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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

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• 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.

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• Wednesday, December 04th, 2013

The Holiday season is one of the most magical times of the year. Getting together with my loved ones to celebrate this special time is always my favorite part of the year! Holiday traditions are something every family has, so for my holiday blog I decided to ask some of my friends in the sales office what some of theirs are… Here’s what they told me:

Q: What do you celebrate and what are some of your family’s traditions?


I celebrate Chanukah. I have one big family dinner which my daughter and I prepare together, We make homemade Potato Latkes and spend the day cooking and bonding. We make it all from scratch even the applesauce, so it takes the whole day. After our dinner we usually play Dreidel, and exchange little gifts and tokens. People usually exchange Chanukah gelt (money!) which is where the idea of chocolate coins came from! Every Jewish family celebrates it differently, and typically people will invite other families over to celebrate Chanukah too. We light the Menorah and celebrate together, it’s very wholesome.

We celebrate a mid-winter feast with neighbors and friends. The time usually changes every year, and to cater to everyone’s schedules we sometimes celebrate 2-3 of them! We try to get as many people together to celebrate. There are typically lots of children playing together and lots of socializing; it’s a pretty relaxed atmosphere. My wife is Ukrainian so we incorporate some of her traditions, she makes perogies and our big breakfast consists of scrambled eggs and kielbasa (Polish sausage). Last year we actually got our turkey from the restaurant here in the Lord Elgin and it was the best thing we’ve ever had! It’s a great time of socializing with friends, and lots of phone calls from our family all over the country.

My family celebrates Christmas. Since my family is further away, we alternate between my family and husband’s family every year. This year we’re going to my moms. On Christmas day, we will wake up and have our breakfast together and then we spend the day making the cheese fondue we eat for Christmas dinner! We have a huge fondue with meats, fruits and vegetables to dip with lots of different cheeses. I’m Dutch, so this is a tradition my mom has brought back with her from Holland. We also wait to open and exchange our gifts until the evening, and we spend time together celebrating. On Boxing Day we get together with my extended family which can be anywhere between 20-40 people! We have a traditional turkey dinner and have a regift exchange, which is where everyone will bring a gift or something they have received to regift and we play the white elephant gift exchange with them! It’s hilarious! Everyone ends up with these random objects, it’s a great time.

My family celebrates a very traditional Canadian Christmas – in other words, a blend of several traditions. I have four boys who are all coming home so it is a very special time of the year for us. We attend midnight mass together on Christmas Eve, and we then come home and have a big buffet including tortiere, shrimp, lots of appies and of course eggnog and brandy! On Christmas morning we wake up and first open our stockings which are are full of the coolest things. Then we open the piles and piles of gifts, it’s an opening frenzy for about an hour… we always seem to overdo it! This is followed by a big breakfast together and then the rest of the day is spent lounging and getting the dinner ready since we usually have between 15-20 people come over for a traditional turkey dinner.

Boxing day is usually a get together with our extended family –- I have 6 siblings, so we are at least 50 people with all the grandchildren etc. more food, more drink and loads of fun!! Nothing like a big family when it comes to Christmas!

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• Friday, October 25th, 2013

Fall in Ottawa is arguably the best season of the year for a variety of reasons. The changing leaves, the sunny crisp days, and most of all (in my opinion!) the shopping. Fall shopping is hands down the best season you can shop for. Think riding boots, knit sweaters, leather jackets, scarves, layers… the list is endless! The stores in Ottawa have it all. Walking in the market browsing the shops I see lots of dark skinny jeans, big circle scarves, oversized sweaters and my favourite so far – sweatpant trousers! Basically they are skinny legged looking trousers you would wear out to dinner or to work but are made out of sweatpant material! Best of both worlds right? If you want stylish, quality made clothes without spending a fortune, Ottawa is a great place. Many of the smaller boutiques carry great brands with adorable clothing that won’t leave your wallet empty. A couple of my favourites: Roadtrip and Trustfund. They both carry good quality and well priced clothing that are stylish and comfortable. You feel unique wearing their clothes, their pieces are genuinely one of a kind. A few others I love in the Byward Market: Schad, Wold & Zed (Awesome shoes!), Urban Barn (Home Furnishings) and Magpie Jewellery (in the Rideau Centre). Ottawa has something for every style, just walk around the Market and you’ll see for yourself

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• Monday, September 09th, 2013

Since I started here at the Lord Elgin I have been able to chat with my boss Ann a fair amount and I have learned in passing that she has worked at the hotel for a long time. I wanted to interview her on her time here at the hotel and to just get to know her more! Here is what we chatted about:

1. Where were you born and raised?
I was born and raised in the West end of Ottawa
2. How long have you been working at the Lord Elgin and what were your different positions?
I started here over 35 years ago when I was 18. It was my summer job and I took reservations. I worked from May to August every summer while I was going to University, I always came back! After University I left Ottawa for a while to work in other fields and then devoted some intense time to my family for 6+ years as I had four boys in four and a half years. When my baby was 3, I returned to work at the Lord Elgin, as a Sales Coordinator. I worked my way up and jumped back and forth to the Lord Elgin where I landed again as the Director of Sales & Marketing in 2004. It was like coming home… I haven’t looked back since.

What is your favourite thing about the Lord Elgin?
It’s such a big part of Ottawa. It has such a unique past, with it’s link to Ottawa’s history (MacKenzie King was instrumental in the building of the hotel) and the Lord Elgin in Scotland is still very much connected to the hotel. My grandfather walked to work with MacKenzie King in the morning down Laurier Avenue. My family goes back here to 1847, so I too have deep roots here.
Because it is locally owned, it feels very much like a home (our owner lives in house). When I started here as a student, Don Blakslee (then GM and the gentleman in the photo) was an icon in hospitality business. He lived in the hotel with his family and so it very much felt like home then. We were all very tight. My best friends still are those I worked with here over 30 years ago. My connections to this hotel then have several layers.

Our current General Manager, David, has very much the same touch – he has a great personal connection to everyone. Strangely enough, both David and Don are from the Kingston area – small town, strong ties. Because of this, we are a very tight bunch.

What University/College did you attend?
I started at the University of Ottawa for nursing and then switched to the University of Guelph graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition.

5. What do you remember most about the Lord Elgin?
The people and the friends I have made here. They have become the best friends I have and could ever ask for. It is a small but mighty team.

6. What is one thing you hope to preserve and one thing you hope to change about the hotel?
One thing I would like to preserve would be its personality. I think the word “authentic” describes it best. We don’t pretend to be something that we’re not.

As far as change goes, I think the hotel has enormous potential to be as grand as we want…we can dress it up to be quite the grand dame. But we would hate to lose that authenticity…. tricky balance!

What is one thing you wish you knew when you were younger?
Too many things to mention..

8. What is one goal (career or not) you want to achieve in your life?
I had four children…I would have loved 8. I love big families and came from a family of 8.

9.What did you want to be when you were younger?
A nurse or doctor.

10. The best book you have ever read?
The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama

11. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
I’d love to live in a variety of places for a short period but I love to come back here, especially to my cottage, which is a slicee of heaven.

12. What is your biggest passion?
My family

13.Where is your favourite place to shop?
Too many to mention, but I would love to go back to New York again.

14. If you could change places with someone for the day who would it be?
No one – I am a pretty lucky gal.

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