Ottawa Bluesfest 2015 – Don’t miss it

Ottawa Bluesfest 2015—Don’t Miss It! 

Ottawa’s Bluesfest is just around the corner, and as always, it is all about the show. This year there is an impressive lineup of talent, including big names you will not see in the area again for a few years.

You can attend the Bluesfest from July 8th to 19th at the Lebreton Flats. While you are here, stay in a suite hotel downtown so you are in the middle of it all. You won’t have to worry about parking or getting around to all the area hotspots.

Cartier Place Suite Hotel is located within walking distance of the festival for your convenience. Enjoy the festival during the day, then come back and party on Elgin Street at night.

The Incredible Lineup and Other Details About the Event

The largest outdoor music festival in Canada, Bluesfest starts July 8th and gates will open at 5:00 pm on the weekdays and 2:00 pm on weekends. You will want to purchase your tickets online in advance and since the festival is downtown, you can easily walk there from the hotels downtown.

Each day features a new lineup of artists. Just a few of the artists you can expect to see include:

  • Opening Day, July 8th – The Full Flex Express Tour featuring Jack U, Zeds Dead, A$AP Ferg, Tycho, Hundred Waters and Anna Lunoe.
  • July 9th – BlakDenim, Hoodie Allen, Kira Isabella, Bobby Bazini, Thrifty Kids, and more.
  • July 10th – Kanye West, Brea Lawrenson, and Chance the Rapper
  • July 11th – Alvvays, Blues & Company, Family of the Year, and Iggy Azalea
  • July 16th – Paul Oakenfold, Mother Mother, and Dallas Smith
  • July 17th – Dropkick Murphys
  • July 18th – Deep Purple, Milky Chance
  • July 19th – Weird Al Yankovic

You can see a full list of the artists performing at the Bluesfest on their official website.

Find the Perfect Downtown Hotel in Ottawa Now

With a humble beginning in 1994, Bluesfest is today the most exciting summer event in Ottawa. Billboard Magazine includes it among the top-ten music festivals in the world. The festival is full of surprises every year with an assortment of stages and artists from various genres. There’s more than music to the show! Fans will enjoy multicultural foods and beverages, VIP upgrade areas, merchandise and posters for sale, autograph signings, raffles, silent auctions, promotions and contests, as well as greening initiatives.

The Canadian War Museum is also in the middle of the festival site. Hotels in the area will book fast. If you want to stay somewhere within walking distance to the festival and get all of the luxurious amenities you need to stay comfortable, come to Cartier Place Suite Hotels. As a pet-friendly hotel, you can bring along your pets too and enjoy an extended stay in downtown Ottawa for Bluesfest.

Book your stay online now or contact our hotel’s information desk at 800-236-8399.

Fun Ideas for Victoria Day in Ottawa

Fun Ideas for Victoria Day in Ottawa 

Since it was first declared a holiday in 1845, Victoria Day (unofficially recognized as Firecracker Day early on) quickly grew into one of Canada’s biggest celebrations, featuring entertainment such as fireworks, amusement rides, and musical performances.

Now, 170 years later, Canadians are proving that their enthusiasm for this special day is still very much alive and well. As a matter of fact, Victoria Day is now somewhat of a rite of passage into spring, and the kick-off to great weather and activities such as opening up the cottage, first camping trips, road trips, and BBQs – a truly exclusive celebration of all that it means to be Canadian.

Well, another Victoria Day is finally here again so, if you’ll be in Ottawa over the long weekend, make sure you celebrate it to its fullest. While the meaning of Victoria Day is different for everyone—from family time to celebrating history to being proud of our country; it is definitely something for everyone to experience and enjoy. Be sure to book one of the downtown Ottawa hotels early, and be as close as possible to all of the activities and festivities.

The Top Activities for the Victoria Day Long Weekend

Ottawa has some of the best activities year-round, but during the long weekend for Victoria Day, there are some unique events that do not happen the rest of the year. Hotels downtown are within walking distance to all of the fun, so make sure to check out some of these fun long weekend activities:

  1. First and foremost, make sure you don’t miss out on THE festival of the day – the “Victoria Day Festival”. Taking place at Queen Juliana Park, on Monday May 18th, this year’s lineup has something for the entire family. Enjoy a wide range of midway rides with your loved ones, make a few new furry friends at the petting zoo, or simply relax while enjoying refreshments from a large selection of food and beverage concession stands. The fun doesn’t end at sundown though – when the clock strikes 10PM, you’ll have the opportunity to marvel at a wonderful and traditional fireworks display to close out the day.
  2. Go to the Tulip Festival – What better way to celebrate the season than walking around through the Tulip Festival. The festival wraps up over the long weekend and this once-a-year event features more than a million tulips. The fireworks display can be seen over Dow’s Lake on Sunday night and there will be numerous artists showcasing their best products at the Big Urban Living Boutique.
  3. Visit an Ottawa Farmers’ Market – Taste fresh food and fare, delightful baked goods and some of the freshest produce, all at the Ottawa Farmer’s Market and the Metcalfe Farmers’ Market.
  4. Overlap with International Museum Day – If you are taking advantage of the long weekend then do not forget that May 18th is also International Museum Day. Some museums in the area may offer a reduced admission rate or free admission too.

There are plenty of hotels to choose from in downtown Ottawa, but at Cartier Place Suite Hotels, you get a comfortable stay within walking distance of it all. As one of the few pet-friendly accommodations in Ottawa, we want to provide you with a convenient stay while you enjoy a holiday that celebrates everything there is to love about Canada.

Book your stay online now or contact our hotel’s information desk at 800-236-8399.

Stay Downtown For the Run Ottawa Events

Run Ottawa hosts their multi-day running events each year. As one of Canada’s most popular organized outdoor events, there will be runners and spectators from around the world headed downtown to catch one of the races and associated festivities.

The Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon is the official kickoff race for Run Ottawa, and it is Canada’s largest and fastest marathon race to date. This year the race will happen on May 24, 2015, so you still have time to find hotels downtown. To be able to relax and unwind after a long day outdoors, suite hotels make an excellent choice.

Details About the Ottawa Marathon

The Ottawa Marathon estimates over 7,000 participants and a world-class range of athletes attending the race. This race isn’t just about running and winning the marathon; it is about the track and scenery that runners get to enjoy too.

Anyone can enter into the marathon, including walkers. Because there are so many people participating, it is set off in waves at two-minute increments based on which race level you have entered. This way, even beginner runners can join.

Things to do in Ottawa While Attending the Marathon

Whether you are racing or just enjoying the event, Ottawa has plenty of tourist attractions you can enjoy during your stay in the city. Just a few things you can do to fill your days include:

  • Going to the Canadian War Museum – This is not just your average museum. As an internationally renowned location, it is best known for telling the personal stories of those in the military. There are photographs, artifacts and even interactive presentations to explore.
  • Visit the Parliament Hill and Buildings – If you have never seen them, these Gothic Revival-style buildings are breathtaking and located on a 170-foot bluff that overlooks the Ottawa River.
  • Rideau Canal – This is one of Ottawa’s oldest landmarks. In the summer, it is filled with boats and becomes one of the hottest tourist spots in the city.

While you are here, look for the best downtown hotels. Cartier Place Suite Hotel offers spectacular views and equally fantastic rooms in the heart of the city. Our suites are luxurious and perfect for the visiting runner or even the spectator who wants to be downtown and close to everything.

Book your stay online or contact our hotel’s information desk at 800-236-8399.

Top 10 Things to Do in Ottawa

Canada’s capital city is as exciting as it is beautiful. With its rich history, exciting culinary scene, and vibrant cityscape, you won’t have a hard time finding something to do in Ottawa.

But because there is so much to do, you might have a hard time narrowing down the options. After all, how do you choose which world-class museums to visit and which parks to explore? To help you plan your trip to Ottawa, we’ve listed what we think are the top 10 things to do in the city.

  1. Explore Parliament Hill
    Parliament Hill is Ottawa’s most-visited attraction, and for good reason. Its neo-Gothic architecture will catch your eye, while free tours will hold your attention for hours. Parliament Hill the home of Canada’s federal government. It also plays host to concerts and cultural events throughout the year, including Canada Day on July.
  2. Take a Stroll or a Bike Ride along the Rideau Canal
    The Rideau Canal is the perfect place for both nature and history lovers. Winding in and around Ottawa, this 202-kilometre (126-mile) canal is a must-visit for all Ottawa visitors. Bike rentals are available throughout downtown Ottawa at the many convenient Bixi Bike Rental locations. The canal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The canal connects to the Ottawa River via an intricate stepped lock system that has been in operation since 1832.
  3. Get Your Shopping Fill at ByWard Market
    Loved by locals and visitors alike, the ByWard Market area is a colourful and historic experience. As one of Canada’s largest and oldest public markets, you can find unique boutiques and fresh produce as you stroll through numerous vendors.
    Bonus Attraction: United States President Barack Obama loved stopping in at Moulin de Provence Bakery. To get your hands on cakes, desserts, and breads loved by the Obamas, stop by the bakery located inside the main market building.
  4. Get a Thrilling History Lesson at the Canadian War Museum
    History buffs love the Canadian War Museum for its symbolic architecture and its inspiring approach to history. The museum uses touching personal stories, photographs, and artwork to recount Canada’s military history.
  5. Delve into Canada’s Past at the Canadian Museum of History.
    If you don’t get your fill of history at the War Museum, head over to the Canadian Museum of History. The museum is great for adults and children alike, with numerous interactive displays to use. You’ll also find Canadian artifacts dating back to 18th century settlements and to the prehistoric era.
  6. Marvel at the National Gallery of Canada’s Art Collection
    Home to the world’s largest collection of Canadian art, the National Gallery will dazzle any art aficionado. The gallery’s stunning glass and granite structure is enough to pique anybody’s interest. And its photography, sculpture, and painting exhibits will stimulate your imagination. For upcoming events and exhibitions, check out this link:
  7. Tour the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica
    When you’re done at the National Gallery, head across the street to Ottawa’s oldest and largest church. Here you’ll find hundreds of religious statues and stunning stained glasses windows.
  8. Relax and Play in Gatineau Park
    Gatineau Park is the darling of Canada. Located only 15 minutes from Downtown Ottawa, Gatineau Park stretches hundreds of kilometres and is home to more than 50 species of trees, birds, and mammals. You’ll find pleasant, well-kept walking paths, as well as stunning lookout points throughout the park. Whether you want to spend a day outside or just need a quick breather, Gatineau Park is the place for you.
  9. Celebrate Friendship at the Canadian Tulip Festival
    For three weekends each May, Ottawa becomes a little more colourful during the Canadian Tulip Festival. The festival has a rich history dating back to 1945, when the city played host to the Dutch princess Juliana and her daughters. Since then, the festival has stood as a symbol for friendship and culture. Wander through gardens lined with more than 3 million tulips. Visit embassies around the city to learn about other countries’ customs and cultures.
  10. Enjoy Ottawa’s Canadian Museum of Nature
    Last on this list, but certainly not least in importance, is Ottawa’s Canadian Museum of Nature. Located just 5 minutes away from Cartier Place Suite Hotel & Residences, the Canadian Museum of Nature houses permanent animal, fossil, mineral, plant and algae exhibits, that are sure to provide education and entertainment for the whole family. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to blend fun with learning while you’re here.

Stay in the Heart of Town for the Tulip Festival in Ottawa

Stay in the Heart of Town for the Tulip Festival in Ottawa

The Canadian Tulip Festival features more than one million gorgeous and colourful tulips. But the festival isn’t just about tulips and spring: it’s about fostering international relationships. The festival also provides several other activities. Learn from renowned speakers, listen to incredible performers, and participate in family-friendly activities.

Beginnings of the Tulip Festival

During the World War II and the occupation of the Netherlands, the city of Ottawa played host to the Dutch princess Juliana and her daughters. In 1945, the Dutch royal family sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa to thank them for their generosity. Ottawa soon became renowned for their tulip displays.

In 1953, photographer Malak Karsh and the Ottawa Board of Trade introduced the first Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa. Princess Juliana attended the festival in 1967.

While the festival has changed over the years, its purpose remains the same: celebrating international friendship. Music and activities have long been part of the festival. In 2007, the festival solidified its educational purpose by welcoming some of the world’s great thinkers to speak. Today, thousands of people attend the festival for both entertainment and educational purposes.

What to See

The Tulip Festival’s main attraction is, of course, the gorgeous display of tulips. The display stretches throughout Ottawa—there are 300,000 tulips at Commissioners Park alone.

The Canadian Tulip Festival also features events for every member of the family, such as:

  • Concerts, including free performances by local musicians
  • Guest speakers
  • Artwork, jewellery, and fashion displays
  • Fireworks
  • Food and performances from around the world at Lansdowne Park
  • Carnival and circus activities for kids at Major’s Hill Park

Stay Nearby and Enjoy the Whole Festival

Cartier Place Suite Hotel sits just one block from the Rideau Canal. We’re right next to many of the Tulip Festival’s activities. And, you can conveniently take the Tulip Shuttle to any other activities you’d like to attend. Contact us to book your reservation and get ready to enjoy the sights and sounds of the 2015 Tulip Festival!

Looking for Ottawa March Break Activities? Explore Downtown Ottawa with Your Family!

March break is approaching quickly, parents are trying to find exciting activities for their children that provides for both a fun and education experience!

Downtown Ottawa offers plenty of things to see and do—things your whole family will love.


Maybe you have to work, but you want somewhere fun for the kids to go. There are plenty of options in Ottawa:

  • Camp Fortune: Skiing professionals offer ski lessons for ages 4 and up; you can even choose a five-day lesson package.
  • Jack Purcell Recreation Association: Jack Purcell runs a five-day fun camp for kids ages 5 to 12. Kids will swim, cook, and even visit Midway Fun Park.
  • Shenkman Arts Centre: Is there a little Da Vinci in your family? Send them to a media arts and mixed media camp, where kids learn to paint and make a stop-motion film.
  • Diefenbunker: Kids learn about the art of espionage. Their skills will include breaking codes, using spy gadgets, and solving scavenger hunts.


Many people associate the word museum with boring, but Ottawa museums might help dispel that notion. There are plenty of kid-friendly museums downtown.

  • Canada Aviation and Space Museum: This year your kids can learn all about helicopters through workshops and demonstrations. They can also participate in the annual LEGO contest.
  • Canada Science and Technology Museum: Speaking of building LEGOs, if your kids like to build, they’ll love the mini engineering activities here.
  • Canadian Museum of Nature: Kids will get to hang out with frogs, toads, and other animals and even watch 3D movies.
  • Canadian Museum of History: This March break is all about snow. Kids can even build an indoor igloo!
  • Canada Agriculture and Food Museum: Visit live animals and experience food demonstrations during the break.

Downtown Activities

You may have lived near Ottawa for years, but have you ever experienced these thrilling activities as a family?

  • The Haunted Walk: Take a tour through the county jail and see the last working gallows in Canada.
  • Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm: All-you-can-eat homemade pancakes? And a petting zoo? Break time is extra exciting here!
  • Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush: Let the pancake party continue with maple syrup and snow taffy. And don’t forget about the horse-drawn carriage rides that are available every day during March break.

With our list, you should no longer be at a loss of what to do with your kids in Ottawa during March break! Take this time to enjoy a moment with the kids and explore Ottawa.





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Honoured as a Highly Rated Lodging Accommodation as Reviewed by Travellers on the World’s Largest Travel Site

OTTAWA, ONTARIOCartier Place Suite Hotel today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award. To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months. Cartier Place Suite Hotel is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence”, said Heidi Webster, General Manager at the Cartier Place Suite Hotel. “We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive traveller reviews on TripAdvisor.”

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