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 as well as to educate the country about those in the community. It is a celebration full of events, festival fun and of course, a 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 Cooper 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 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 800-236-8399. 

Are You Going to the Ottawa Craft Beer Festival?

Beer is more than just a drink; it is an art. 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 August 28th to 30th, 2015 and features the most craft beers ever seen before under one roof!

About the Beer Festival

The Ottawa Craft Beer Festival is one place where you will see the most craft beers at a single time. As the largest festival celebrating beer in Ontario, it is definitely one you cannot miss. Just some of the featured craft breweries that will be there this year include:

At the 2015 festival, you will see showcases of crafted beers, local eateries, local wine and ciders. This year the festival will take place at the Aberdeen Pavilion in Lansdowne Park, Downtown Ottawa. There will be over 40 breweries in the park, fantastic foods from Ottawa’s infamous eateries, and you can even sit down and chat with the brew masters themselves.

Book Your Downtown Hotel Today

The Ottawa Craft Beer Festival brings in beer 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 do not want to hassle with a rental 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 800-236-8399.

Walk to the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival

The Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival is almost here. Kicking off July 23rd to August 6th, you can enjoy this amazing event featuring some of the most talented artists and conductors. For the 2015 festival, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival is focusing on bold departures and original readings that have helped define and shape chamber music. There will be over 450 artists, 100 events, and 15 days of chamber music to enjoy; but to get the most out of it, you need to stay at hotels in the area. Cartier Place tops the list of convenient and comfortable suite hotels in downtown Ottawa.

What You Can Expect at the Music Festival

To help bring their focus to life, the music festival will be highlighting several artists from around the country and from different music sectors. Just some of the concerts you can see include:

Choose Hotels Downtown Close to the Venues

There have been several venues selected to host this memorial event. Some of those venues are:

By staying in downtown hotels, you can be within walking distance to most of these venues, saving you the hassle of renting a car or dealing with taxi cabs. Cartier Place is conveniently located in the downtown area. Our suite hotels want to help you get the most out of the music festival by not only offering you a convenient hotel, but a special package so you can save even more during your stay.

Book your stay online now or contact our hotel’s information desk to inquire about our music festival package at 800-236-8399.

The TD Ottawa Jazz Festival is Almost Here

You do not even have to be a jazz lover to crave the fun and excitement of the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival. This music fest kicks off on June 18th and continues on through July 1st featuring some of the best performers and vendors the country has to offer.

The Line Up You Can Enjoy at the Festival

The TD Ottawa Jazz Festival has an impressive lineup this year. Just some of the talent you can expect to see include:

You can see the full lineup on the festival’s website. Tickets are already on sale and you can choose from the Gold Pass (which gets you into the private seating areas), the Bronze Pass and the Youth Pass.

Enjoy the Convenience of Downtown Hotels

While there are plenty of hotels in Ottawa, Cartier Place is just two blocks away from the festival; so you can walk, enjoy and come back without having to hail a cab. Even better, our suite hotel’s prime location on Elgin Street offers plenty to do after your day at the festival. Just some of the activities to explore and check out include:

  • The Bakeries and Sweets – From Brown Loaf Bakery to Boko Bakery, you can find a donut in the morning or a delicious homemade loaf of bread for the evening downtown.
  • Coffee Shops – Stop by one of the many coffee shops, including the Ministry of Coffee.
  • Dine Out – While you stay at one of the hotels downtown, do not forget to visit one of the iconic restaurants on Elgin Street, including Johnny Farina or Deacon Brodies Scottish Pub. You can also eat in at the Café Mezzaluna located at Cartier Place Suite Hotel.

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

Best Wine Bars in Ottawa

Sometimes you just want to go to a place that can satisfy your passion for wine. Yes, there are places that serve great food and offer interesting entertainment, but if it’s wine that tops your wish list, then a wine bar is the place to visit. Whether you are craving a rare vintage or you just want a well-aged Merlot, there are plenty of bars in Ottawa that put extra focus toward wine lovers. Stay in one of the downtown hotels and you can choose a few bars to check out over a weekend trip.

Best Wine Bars in Downtown Ottawa

Ottawa has a unique food scene that brings culinary talent from around the world. With that talent come highly skilled sommeliers that select delicious wines for the perfect pairing.

If you are staying at the Cartier Place Suite Hotel downtown Ottawa, you are in luck. There are numerous wine bars within walking distance – and they are some of the highest-rated eateries and bars in the country.

While just about every wine bar in Ottawa has something to offer, these are the top bars within walking distance of the Cartier Place Suite Hotel:

  1. Play Food & WineHere you enjoy fine dining in an informal setting. The food is extraordinary and their wine list is not only amazing, but surprisingly affordable. The menu changes daily based on seasonal availability, so you never know what you will find when you dine here.
  2. Vineyards Wine Bar BistroEnjoy some of the finest wines and bistro-style menu items at Vineyards. They have special performance nights, including jazz night, which make it a fun place to unwind.
  3. Aroma Small Plates and WineIf you like small plate dining experiences expertly paired with great wines, Aroma is the perfect restaurant to try. They feature a Mediterranean menu and wines from Italy, Greece, France and more.
  4. Café MezzalunaLocated inside Cartier Place Suites Hotels, you will find the delightful Café Mezzaluna. This romantic dining room has a wine list that features selections from Italy, Australia, New Zealand, France and more, all paired with an exceptional menu.
  5. Must Kitchen & Wine BarEnjoy small plates, amazing wines and inviting décor. The food is much more refined here, and includes menu items like seared foie gras.
  6. 10 Fourteen BarIf you are looking for a warm and friendly wine bar to hang out with friends, this is just the place. With tasty bar bites and a choice of charcuterie selections, plus a pinball machine, collection of board games and foot-tapping classics, you won’t want to leave.
  7. Beckta Dining & Wine Beckta not only has a great wine list and a romantic atmosphere, but if you are celebrating something special, you can bring in your own bottle of wine to mark the occasion too.
  8. Fresco Bistro Italiano This Ottawa institution does not only offer fresh local food but a large and creative list of cocktails, beer, wine and spirits. Specialized in hosting large groups for lunch, dinner with an ideal setting, this is the place to contact for a group reservation.
  9. Johnny Farina This family owned restaurant is known for its great Italian food and its warm atmosphere. You will also find a large variety of menu items and alcoholic beverages to choose from. Customers can either enjoy a nice lounge area where you can enjoy drinks with friends or the great Italian vibe and exceptional food in their main restaurant where they specialize in pizzas cooked in a wood burning oven.
  10. Mystiko Greek Kitchen If you want to experience traditional Greek food in Ottawa this is the place to go! This family owned restaurant offers high quality cuisine inspired by the owner’s childhood growing up in Greece.

While there are many hotels downtown to choose from, Cartier Place Suite Hotels offers a comfortable stay, pet-friendly accommodations, and is located in the heart of Ottawa. Walk from our hotel to one of these amazing wine bars and enjoy a night on the town while you stay in one of the highest rated suite hotels in Canada.

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

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.


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