Located in the province of Ontario, Ottawa is Canada's beautiful capital. As well as being the seat of power in the country, the city also boasts a successful high-tech industry. The Kanata Research Park houses many of the city’s corporations, whilst Centretown and Ottawa Riverside are home to Parliament Hill, most of the embassies and the World Exchange Plaza. This is also where you’ll find many of Ottawa’s best hotels.
What gives Ottawa its dynamic character?
The city's economy is dominated by high-tech companies, meaning Ottawa is often dubbed the ‘Silicon Valley of the North’. Halogen Software, Cognos and JDS Uniphase are just some of the companies originating from the city, whilst Adobe Systems, IBM and Hewlett-Packard also have bases here. Alongside administration, healthcare and finance make up some of the bigger commercial sectors. Not far from your hotel in Ottawa is the neighbouring province of Quebec for further business opportunities. Many visitors enjoy the excellent cycling opportunities in Ottawa during their downtime, with Gatineau Park across the river having exceptional routes.
Where are the main conventions held?
The Shaw Centre, just south of the ByWard Market district, is the country's main convention centre. Events on the calendar here include the CDA/CSEM Professional Conference and the MBA Tour. The Residence & Conference Centre and Ottawa Conference & Event Centre offer further options for networking and holding meetings on your business trip. As well as the downtown areas of central Ottawa, Kanata in the nearby west is an important hub for commerce and is particularly well populated with high-tech businesses. It's just a 20-minute drive from Centretown. For travelling to and from the city, Ottawa International Airport is conveniently located a mere 15 minutes by car from Centretown.
What other activities can I look forward to when I book my hotel in Ottawa?
ByWard Market, just next to Centretown, is one of the city’s main shopping districts. There are also many shops on Bank Street Promenade, catering to all tastes. The largest shopping malls include the Rideau and St Laurent centres, with excellent choices for fashion and electronics. Ottawa is also well known for its great range of restaurants, with Atelier in Little Italy offering a sumptuous 12-course menu, and Signatures at Le Cordon Bleu Institute serving first-rate French cuisine.