Ottawa, Ontario Itineraries - 3 Hours or Less

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Winter Escapades

Skate down the world’s longest naturally frozen ice rink, the historic Rideau Canal Skateway. This 7.8 km long ice rink stretches through downtown Ottawa, starting at the tip of the Fairmont Château Laurier. While you are gliding along the canal, enjoy a BeaverTail, a true Ottawa delicacy. Should your visit bring you to the Nation’s Capital during the first three weekends of February, you and your family can enjoy Winterlude, Ottawa’s popular winter festival.

Relaxation at Zoe’s Lounge

Experience Afternoon Tea in Zoe’s Lounge located within the walls of the Fairmont Château Laurier. This tradition is a fabulous way to spend a few hours. Tea service starts with a well-versed server introducing the 15 high quality loose-leaf teas through informative and engaging service, followed by delectable pastries, tea sandwiches and scones. Our Executive Pastry Chef and his team have created a warm and satisfying tea experience, rivaling those found in the best teahouses in England.

Capturing Ottawa’s Culture

Fairmont Château Laurier’s famous neighbor is very open to welcoming guests! You cannot visit the National Capital without exploring Parliament Hill. With its strong stone exterior, it is often described as one of the most beautiful parliament buildings in the world. You can visit the center stage of Canadian democracy with a Tour of the Center Block or walk in the footsteps of great Canadians with the "Discover the Hill Outdoor Walking Tour”. In the summer months, the Changing of the Guard Ceremony is a must see!

Canadian Art Gallery

If art is your passion, you must visit the National Gallery of Canada. Located minutes away from the Fairmont Château Laurier, this exquisite gallery offers the world’s largest collection of Canadian art. The luminous Great Hall is an award-winning architectural achievement, which features spacious galleries, interior gardens and courtyards. From Inuit Art to photograph collections, these expositions are a definite pleaser

Canadian Museum of Civilization

To get a complete view of Canada’s culture in Ottawa, visit the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Canada’s largest and most popular museum offers over 1,000 years of human Canadian history and the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles. It is also home to the IMAX theatre, the Canadian Children’s Museum and the Canadian Postal Museum.

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