Ottawa Fall Rhapsody

ottawa fall rhapsody

Views in Gatineau Park

The Ottawa Fall Rhapsody takes place from September 26 to October 12, 2015. Take in the beauty of the multi-coloured leaves in one of the most beautiful parks in Canada. The scenic Gatineau Park will be the place to be to see all the magnificent colours during the fall season when in the Ottawa area.

There are several must see areas of Gatineau Park, such as the lookouts, the parkways, the family friendly Pink Lake Trail, and many more; but don’t forget to check out some of the hidden gems such as the Luskville Falls, Philippe Lake, and for the experienced hikers: the Wolf Trail which can take you to one of the highest peaks in Gatineau Park. You can take in stunning views of Gatineau and Ottawa from these high peaks.

Here is a list of some of the fun activities for the whole family to take part in during the celebration:

  • Carriage rides and a corn roast at the park’s Cross Loop Road at Meech Creek Valley will be featured on the opening night of September 28, 2015
  • The 15th Annual Rhapsody Festival Walk will take place on October 3, 2015
  • Birds of prey demonstrations, guided nature walks and canoe making demonstrations will take place at Phillippe Lake on October 3 and 4, 2015
  • Rent a bike or bring your own bike from home so you may take a leisurely bike ride through the park roads or on the forest trails for the mountain biking enthusiasts
  • Check out Camp Fortune for one of the best views and take part in the free shuttle that leaves every ten minutes between 11am and 4pm with multiple stops throughout the park

Book Your Downtown Hotel Today

Gatineau Park is located 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa. Make a weekend out of your visit to the city and stay at the Cartier Place Suite Hotel.  It is the perfect place to call home while you enjoy the most picturesque scenery imaginable.

While the sun is shining, experience the spectacular views of Gatineau Park and in the evening come back to our downtown Ottawa location to enjoy the nightlife on trendy Elgin Street. One of the hippest neighbourhoods in town.

Book your stay online now or contact our hotel’s information desk to inquire about seasonal specials at 1-800-236-8399.

Ottawa International Animation Festival

Ottawa International Animation Festival

Ottawa International Animation Festival

The Ottawa International Animation Festival, will be taking place from September 16 to 20, 2015. This is the festival to attend if you are a fan of animation movies! Mingle with animation artists, studios and characters as well as enjoying comical, cutting-edge and entertaining animation films. There is something for everyone at this festival; whether it’s classical cartoons, digital creations or amazing effects. You will be fascinated!

For 39 years, the Ottawa International Animation Festival has attracted animation enthusiasts, art lovers and filmmakers from around the world. You won’t want to miss this year’s exciting line-up of events taking place at the National Gallery of Canada, ByTowne Cinema, Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, Arts Court, and the Chateau Laurier.

Check out the OIAF website for the schedule of interesting events taking place during this weeklong festival and be sure to buy your passes well in advance.

Book Your Downtown Hotel Today

If you want to be just a few blocks away from the main festival events, Cartier Place Suite Hotel is the perfect place to call home while you take in all the festivities. The hotel’s perfect location off Elgin Street is great place to relax while you enjoy this great week of events.

Book your stay online now or contact our hotel’s information desk to inquire about seasonal specials at 1-800-236-8399.

CityFolk Festival Ottawa

CityFolk Festival 2015

CityFolk Festival 2015

The Ottawa Folk Festival, now rebranded as CityFolk, is a 5 day celebration of music, dance and visual arts featuring an extensive mix of musical performances on multiple stages, free music workshop sessions, special children’s and family performances, beer gardens, and so more. It is a family-friendly event committed to sustainability and eco-friendly initiatives. This year the festival talks place from September 16 to 20, 2015.

Some of the artists that will be performing this year include:

Check out these festival attractions while in town for the events:


There is a variety of musical talent that comes from the Ottawa area and Marvest has been created to showcase these talents. Marvest- a harvest of music, food, fun and much more- is the newest creation from the amazing hosts of CityFolk. Marvest will showcase the many talented musicians who have made Ottawa’s music scene so lively at multiple venues along Bank Street.  The Glebe will be the place to be with up to 80 local acts that will perform a series of free public concerts in the bars, restaurants and storefronts of this posh neighbourhood. These performances can also be enjhoyed across three stages in the Aberdeen Pavilion of Lansdowne Park.


Check out the Artisan Village at CityFolk for local, sustainable, and completely stylish fashion, accessories and crafts. There will be a variety of vendors showcasing their unique products.


Thes festival is not just about the music. The on-site food scene is superb. With vendors of all types you will certainly find something to satisfy your hunger. Many vendors also provide gluten-free and vegan options as well. Some of the local vendors include:

Book Your Downtown Hotel Today

CityFolk will bring music lovers from around the country. If you want to be just a few blocks away from the festival, Cartier Place Suite Hotel is the perfect place to call home while you enjoy the event.

Since you will be most likely having a brew (or two) at the festival, you will want to bother renting a car. Also know that taxi services will have long waits accommodating all of the other festival attendees. Our hotel’s downtown location lets you walk to the festival and then come back to enjoy the nightlife and fun on Elgin Street.

Book your stay online now or contact our hotel’s information desk to inquire about seasonal specials at 1-800-236-8399.

A Foodie’s Guide to Ottawa


A Foodie’s Guide to Ottawa

Canada is perhaps more famous for its hockey than it is for its rich, culinary tradition. That might be changing. Ontario’s expansive agricultural region and its residents’ support for local food production combine for a distinctive foodie experience. Farmer’s markets and farm-to-restaurant seasonal kitchens are hallmarks of Ottawa’s culinary scene.

We outline the gastronomic delights visitors to Ottawa should not miss, the places to find these spectacular foods, and our city’s food festivals.

Experiencing the Farm-to-Restaurant Scene and Cultural Cuisine

Certain classic Ottawa dishes are Quebecois-influenced because roughly 600,000 Ontarians are ethnically French Canadian. For example, poutine is a dish with French fries, cheese curds and gravy. It is a Quebecois dish, but very popular in Ottawa. Variations of this dish, including lobster poutine, are a staple at many eateries in the capital city.

Other native Ottawa dishes stem from the region’s rich agricultural history. Pick-your-own apple excursions and local maple syrup production are common to this cold-weather region. Fall harvests bring a plethora of crops being utilized in city restaurants and markets.

Savour Ottawa attempts to keep Ontario’s agricultural economically viable and sustainable by incorporating local foods into the capital city’s evolving culinary scene. This farm-to-restaurant initiative focuses on making Ontario food secure. In other words, the organization’s goal is to make the province self-supporting through its own agricultural efforts. It encourages local shops and restaurants to purchase at least 15% of their products from a network of approved local farmers and producers. Members of the organization also host harvest tables at local farmer’s markets.

Each neighborhood has an exceptional gastronomic history, depending on where immigrants settled. At C’est bon Cooking, Chef Andree Riffou and her crew of food experts offer gourmet food tours of Ottawa. They take couples or groups to different regions of the city like Chinatown, Little Italy, ByWard Market, Wellington West, and Hintonburg. C’est bon also offers three-hour cooking classes.

Five Famous Restaurants to Try

These five establishments are nearly guaranteed to make the list of best restaurants in Ottawa—in no particular order. Make sure to have your concierge book your reservation in advance. Due to their overwhelming popularity among both Ottawa locals and tourists, it may be hard to get a seat. Each of these restaurants uses seasonal ingredients locally grown in Ontario or surrounding provinces.

  1. Courtyard Restaurant: Located in the ByWard Market for over 30 years, this seasonal kitchen has a changing menu for those who enjoy the most exquisite tastes.
  2. Sidedoor: This Byward Market restaurant features an open kitchen famous for its next-generation take on tacos.
  3. Union 613: Down on Somerset Street West, this casual dining experience includes what the owners call ‘inauthentic Southern food’ and communal dining.
  4. The Green Door Restaurant: Known as Ottawa’s oldest and best known vegetarian restaurant. The menu features items using locally grown organic produce only. Located on Main Street in Ottawa
  5. Café Mezzaluna: This fine Italian restaurant is located in the Cartier Place Suite Hotel off trendy Elgin Street. Traditional Italian favourites are prepared in the traditional ways – no short cuts – and with the freshest local ingredients.

Don’t Miss These Events

If you have more time to plan your vacation to Ottawa, then you should consider coinciding it with one of the capital city’s famous festivals. These events combine cultural celebrations, native Ottawan foods, microbrews, wines, and spirits.

  1. Greek Fest: For ten days in mid-August, Ottawa celebrates the heritage of its substantial Greek population. The festivities includes cooking demonstrations, olive oil tastings, and Hellenic dancing.
  2. Poutine Festival: During the first week of May, the poutine festival takes over the beautiful Festival Plaza on the grounds of City Hall in downtown Ottawa. The festival not only celebrates Ontario’s many French Canadians, but the many variations of this French fry, cheese and gravy dish.
  3. Whiskey Ottawa: On the last Saturday of September, proprietors make $10,000 of whiskey available for sampling. This festival isn’t just about the whiskey, though. Sampler dishes break up the tastings. Palate-cleansing cheeses are offered on platters. Guests can also take spirits classes to learn more about what they are sampling.
  4. Ottawa Ribtoberfest: During the last weekend in September, Sparks Street becomes barbecuing central. Chicken and ribs are available with a variety of rubs and sauces.
  5. Ottawa Wine and Food Festival: The biggest food show in Ontario, the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival has two events at the Ottawa Convention Centre. The first is spring-themed in late March. It showcases the upcoming season’s wines and cocktails. Food trucks bring eclectic tastings. The second event, during the first weekend in November, is more formal. International vendors sell chocolate, craft beer, and wines with fine food pairings.
  6. Ottawa Craft Beer Festival: At the Ottawa Craft Beer Festival, you can celebrate the history behind one of the country’s most enjoyed beverages, but also recognize the artisans behind some of your favourite brews. The Ottawa Craft Beer Festival kicks off the last weekend of August and features the most craft beers ever seen before under one roof!

Book Your Downtown Hotel Today

Being centrally located in Downtown Ottawa is an ideal basecamp for restaurant-hopping and festival forays. If you want to be just a few blocks away from the best Ottawa has to offer, Cartier Place Suite Hotel is the perfect place to call home while you enjoy Ottawa. Visitors can walk to the capital city’s best eateries, farmer’s markets, beer & wine events as well as neighbourhoods known for their culinary excellence.

If you’re booking a vacation to the Canadian capital, stay with us downtown near the Rideau Canal.

Book your stay online now or contact our hotel’s information desk at 1-800-236-8399.

What’s not to like about the Cartier Place Suite Hotel?

Management Team

Management Team

This family owned and operated pet friendly hotel offers all the comforts of home. Known as ‘The Darling of Ottawa’, the Cartier Place Suite Hotel is the proud recipient of the 2014 Award of Excellence. The hotel is located downtown in a quiet area nestled between the Rideau Canal and trendy Elgin Street. “Guests are amazed that there are so many things to see and do within walking distance of our hotel.” says, General Manager, Heidi Webster.

There are 250 spacious studios, one and two-bedroom suites, including V.I.P. suites with Jacuzzi and a luxurious penthouse hospitality suite. Of those, 72 are exclusive to senior residents who enjoy their own entertainment lounge, as well as a monthly calendar of activities.

Since 1974, when the first section of the hotel opened, Cartier Place Suite Hotel has evolved to serve the needs of travellers from all over the world, including local residents and businesses of Ottawa. As many repeat guests know, the hotel has an inviting and relaxed atmosphere. You’ll want to stay a few extra days and come back again. “It’s the people who make the place,” says GM, Heidi Webster, adding staff members have been with the hotel for many years and are like family. From the front desk and beyond, they’re friendly and accommodating. But lots of nice people aren’t the only advantage that sets Cartier Place apart. Loads of perks, amenities and thoughtful conveniences also make staying here a pleasure.

This unique Suite Hotel is a favorite among families and business travelers alike. Complimentary WiFi, business services, banquet and meeting rooms with floor to ceiling windows are just some of the items. “The value is incredible,” Heidi says. “You’ll be amazed by what we have to offer.” Make a splash in the indoor pool, enjoy a whirlpool or sauna and work out in the exercise room before sitting down to a delicious meal in the full-service restaurant, Café Mezzaluna. There’s a well-stocked playroom with lots of toys, as well as an outdoor garden patio with a playground and shuffleboard. Complimentary
cots, high chairs, play pens, board games are ideal for families. There are even barbecue nights for guests and laundry facilities conveniently located on each guest floor. In addition, every suite has a private balcony and a fully equipped kitchen.

Whatever the reasons for your stay, there’s flexibility and a willingness to meet your needs at the Cartier Place. Special rates and packages are detailed on the website at

Whoever you are and wherever you come from, as soon as you step in the door, you’ll know you’re welcome.

Suite Dreams Await You… here.

Catch the Northern Lights Show on Parliament Hill

Northen lights pic final

The Northern Lights Show is a free, bilingual show presented nightly starting July 10th and running until September 12th. As in the past, the backdrop features the iconic Parliament Hill and its towering buildings. The show itself is an important event in Canada’s milestones and one that visitors and residents alike should not miss.

About the Northern Lights Show

Starting in 2015, the Northern Lights show will be presented for the next five summers (until 2019) on Parliament Hill. 2015 marks the sixth edition of the Sounds and Lights Show.

The show features an experience of light and sound presenting a thematic journey through Canada’s history. With the assistance of technical and the architectural beauty of Parliament Hill’s buildings, the show highlights partnership, valour, pride and the beauty of our country. There are five exciting features in the show:

  1. Foundations of the Nation – This story focuses on a fluid ink-in-water style to depict how people have come from all around the world to expand the foundation of the country.
  2. Strength in Partnership – This features an illustration-style that was inspired by classical paintings. It explores the alliances and strategic partnerships that have made Canada as strong as it is today.
  3. Discovery and Adventure – Using a lithographic-style, this story showcases the achievements of Canada’s renowned explorers, innovators, scientists and those that have inspired us.
  4. Valour – Using dramatic performances, archival materials and charcoal drawings, this story honours men and women that have served our country in military conflicts since the First World War.
  5. Pride and Vision – This story was inspired by the stained glass windows of the Memorial Chamber in Peace Tower. It is vibrant, colourful and showcases the diversity and natural beauty of our country and the people that make up our country.

Stay in One of the Hotels Downtown to Catch the Show

Cartier Place Suite Hotel is in the perfect location for those visiting Ottawa during the Northern Lights show. Located off Elgin Street, our hotel is within walking distance to the best eateries, amenities, and more. It is a quick trip up to Parliament Hill where you can catch the show at 10:00pm in July, 9:30pm in August or 9:00pm in September. After the show, come back to our suite hotel for a comfortable night’s rest.

Book your stay online now or contact our hotel’s information desk at 1-800-236-8399.

The Capital Pride Festival: Ottawa’s Most Colourful Event of the Year


The time is almost here to come and join one of the most colourful events Ottawa has to offer. The Capital Pride event kicks off August 14th to the 23rd with plenty of events, a remarkable parade, and a festival that every Canadian needs to visit at least once.

Celebrate GLBTTQ Pride Downtown

The Capital Pride Festival was created as a mission to help bring the GLBTTQ community together and to raise awareness about this community. It is a celebration full of events, festival fun and of course, the Capital Pride Parade. Just some of what you can expect to see this year includes:

  • Cabaret – Check out A Gay Ol’ Time Cabaret II at the National Arts Centre on Elgin Street.
  • Live Performances – From local tribute bands to comedy to speeches, there will be live performances hosted by local nightclubs, comedy clubs, and more.
  • Film Night – Catch a few international and local film showings throughout the festival hosted by the Bytowne Cinema.
  • The Rainbow Party – One of the most colorful and exciting parties in the area. Hosted at Barrymore’s Music Hall & Babylon Nightclub.
  • & Miss Capital Pride Pageant – Each year there is a Pride Pageant where a group will display their many talents and help represent the GLBTTQ community.
  • Capital Pride Parade – The Parade is what closes the last day of the Festival and makes its way from Gladstone Avenue to Bank Street. You will see colourful displays, costumes and even performers.

Stay in our Downtown Hotel to Enjoy the Capital Pride Festival

Cartier Place Suite Hotel is located off Elgin Street. Whether you are attending all of the events or you just want to catch the Capital Pride Parade, you will be literally just a few steps from it all. Our hotel’s downtown location is 3 blocks away from the path of the parade and within walking distance to the local venues hosting festival events.

Do not forget to come back and enjoy Elgin Street, where you can find everything from local bakeries to restaurants and local nightclubs.

Book your stay online now or contact our hotel’s information desk at 1-800-236-8399. 


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