My Visit to Ottawa

Posted by Anne Bird · Sep 03 · in Ottawa, Ontario · about Hotels

In July this year, I travelled from Vancouver to Toronto to see family and then drove to Ottawa.

I had the opportunity to stay at the historic Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Canada's capital city. It's a beautiful 5-star property and it's THE place to stay in Ottawa. It feels like you are staying in a castle with a gorgeous lobby and lounge area.

The location is perfect next door to the parliament buildings , Rideau Canal and walking distance to the famous Byward outdoor marketplace with lovely shops and restaurants.

We came across a little cafe which was selling the famous "Obama Cookies". I had one, it was a delicious shortbread sugar cookie in the shape of a Canadian maple leaf. This is a famous bakery for any visitor to Ottawa and not to be missed.

The legend goes something like this: It was a cold, February afternoon. Feb. 19 to be exact. Obama was on his first official visit to Canada and in Ottawa to meet his northern neighbour, Stephen Harper. He must have been getting a bit snack-ish, because on his way back to the airport, his motorcade of 10 police cars, two limousines, and two ambulances made an unannounced stop at Ottawa’s historic ByWard Market. Obama came into the bakery, much to the delight of its staff and patrons, and with a red-maple-leaf cookie in hand, said: “I love this country.”

There is a lot of history at the hotel and it is an iconic building. Pierre Trudeau lived at the hotel from 1965-1968.

My stay was wonderful with excellent service. We stayed in a Deluxe Room which had two bathrooms.

COVID-19 protocols were in place, Fairmont has a comprehensive program called All Stay Well ( if you want to see specific details, but as an example, they allow 48 hours between guests in the rooms .The main lobby lounge was closed, limited people at reception but La Terrasse restaurant is open as well as the health club/pool.

We enjoyed walking around the city. It is very pretty!

We were treated to a great sunset as well one evening!

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