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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 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
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 or on twitter at @westboroBIA

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

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

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
• 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
• 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!