News & Articles - Ottawa

  • VIA Rail launches more departures between Toronto and Ottawa

    Starting November 5, VIA Rail will be offering 20 weekday departures between Toronto and Ottawa thanks to the addition of a 10th round-trip, giving Canadians even more options for their travel. As well, a new evening departure from Toronto to Kingston will be added, along with additional stops in Trenton Junction and Guildwood. “For the third time in three years, new departures will be added between Toronto and Ottawa, allowing more passengers to make the sensible choice to leave their…

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  • World-Class LRT Network will make Exploring Ottawa even Easier

    The City of Ottawa is on track with its ambitious plans to develop a light rail transit (LRT) system within the capital region. In development since spring 2013, the $2.13 billion transportation initiative, dubbed the O-Train Confederation Line, will see Ottawa’s Bus Rapid Transit system replaced with a new, world-class LRT network that will shuttle residents and tourists across the city via 13 stations. “The Confederation Line will better link communities along its route, leading to enhanced development opportunities and…

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  • Ottawa Celebrating 150 Years with Landmark Projects

    There are reasons to celebrate in Canada’s capital city this year. In addition to being at the epicentre of the 150th anniversary celebrations of Canadian confederation, Ottawa is toasting several new venues and projects that have made it a top destination for pleasure visitors and meeting planners alike. “The 2017 celebrations brought a focus to many of Ottawa Tourism’s members who deal with meetings and conventions,” says Michael Crockatt, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism. “Over the past several years,…

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  • Celebrating Canada’s Birthday and Record Tourism in Ottawa

    It’s a banner year in the nation’s capital as Ottawa celebrates the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation with record-breaking growth in its meetings and conventions industry. By January 2017, the city recorded a 220 per cent increase in large-scale event bookings compared to two years before – a success its hosts attribute to a strong vision and historic timing. “2017 has been a record-setter for us, no question,” agrees Glenn Duncan, Vice President of Ottawa Tourism. “Of course, a large…

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  • In the business of giving back

    Shaw Convention Centre offers a case study in community building Convention centres are uniquely positioned to promote growth and prosperity within their communities. Hosting thousands of people a year, they are often left with an abundance of food and event collateral that can be given to those in need, and their connections within the industry are fertile ground for charitable partnerships. “I believe it’s everybody’s responsibility to give back to their community if they are in a position to do…

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  • VIA Rail to offer increased train capacity in the Quebec-Windsor corridor

    The number of departures offered by VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) between Ottawa – Montréal – Quebec City recently increased from 10 to 40 per week, with a new added feature: direct connections on weekends. These changes will enable VIA Rail to reduce average trip times in this market. The new, direct connections will make planning a round trip between Ottawa and Quebec City easier than ever before. Between Ottawa and Toronto, the successful additional frequencies introduced last fall will…

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  • WestJet launches new Atlantic Canada services

    Airline’s regional arm WestJet Encore connects more cities WestJet recently launched daily non-stop flights from Halifax Stanfield International Airport to Deer Lake and Gander, Newfoundland, and Sydney, Nova Scotia, on board WestJet Encore’s fleet of Canadian-made Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft. The airline will also inaugurate new daily non-stop service between Moncton, New Brunswick, and Ottawa. “These new flights represent our continuing commitment to expand WestJet service to smaller-sized cities from coast to coast, offering Canadians lower airfares, more choice and…

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  • The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel welcome inaugural flight from Ottawa with WestJet

    The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel welcomed WestJet’s inaugural flight from Ottawa International Airport (YOW) to Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) on Dec. 22, 2012. The new service from Ottawa is an integrated partnership between The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel and WestJet. The new service will operate until April 27, 2013, once a week every Saturday departing (YOW) at 8:45 a.m. and arriving into (RSW) at 12:22 p.m. Representatives from the The Beaches of Fort Myers &…

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  • Groupe Germain Hospitalité announces ALT Hotel to be built in Ottawa, features 4,000 square feet of meeting space

    Canada’s Capital will soon offer leisure and business travellers an ALTernative to its traditional limited service hotel accommodations as Groupe Germain Hospitalité plans to bring its ALT Hotel brand to downtown Ottawa. ALT Hotels are an innovative no-frills-chic concept combining modern design and eco-friendly features at the same affordable rate, every day, all year round. “Our research shows that there is a real need for quality, well-designed and affordable accommodations and meeting space here in Ottawa,” said Jean-Yves Germain, Co-Founder…

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  • Delta Hotels and Resorts unveils newly repositioned Delta Ottawa City Centre

    Redesigned property features 26,000 square feet of revamped meeting space and one of the city’s largest ballrooms Delta Hotels and Resorts announced today that the Delta Ottawa City Centre has officially completed its multi-million dollar renovation. The redevelopment includes a full reconfiguration of the hotel’s public spaces, newly designed guestrooms and showcases Delta Hotels and Resorts reinvigorated brand through modern design and innovations. “This renovation represents a transformation for the Delta Ottawa City Centre and a sign of things to…

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