Ottawa – Important Meetings Happen Here
Thinking about where to hold your next conference or event? Come to Ottawa, Canada’s Capital.
Ottawa is Canada’s cosmopolitan capital city and home to Canada’s historic Parliament Buildings, hundreds of landmarks and monuments, and seven national museums. The Rideau Canal—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—winds through the heart of the city, and 600 kilometers of multi-use recreation pathways crisscross the region. A vibrant urban centre in a beautiful natural setting, Ottawa offers excellent restaurants, exciting nightlife and world-class shopping.
With several state-of-the-art, accessible meeting venues and hotels located within a walkable downtown core and just a short drive from the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport, you can be sure that an event in Ottawa in any season will be one to remember. From the eclectic ByWard Market neighbourhood to a year-long roster of festivals and events, every season – including winter with the world’s largest skating rink, the Rideau Canal Skateway – brings with it a unique opportunity to keep your guests entertained throughout their stay.
As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa puts conventions on a national stage close to decision-makers and media.
Ottawa is Canada’s smartest city, with more PhDs per capita than any other. The city is filled with scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs active in health and life sciences, cleantech, defense and security, telecommunications, gaming and ecommerce. Conventions that meet here often call on these innovators and subject matter experts as speakers and panelists.
Ottawa is easy to get to and even easier to get around with a pedestrian-friendly downtown. It’s within a 2-hour flight of over 200 million North Americans, and its airport is just 20 minutes from its highly walkable downtown. The Ottawa International Airport offers over 125 non-stop flights daily to more than 30 destinations in Canada, the United States and Europe.
Ottawa’s hotel community includes big international brands and locally-owned boutique hotels, all accomplished and adept at group hosting and many offering meeting facilities and services.
Exceptional Off-Site Venues
Ottawa is home to the country’s most grand public spaces including national museums, galleries and art centres that serve as unique off-site venues for galas, receptions and special events.
Ottawa is one of Canada’s most popular visitor destinations, offering a wealth of iconic sites, cultural treasures, scenic beauty and urban delights.
Ottawa Tourism’s Convention team is focused on your success, with services, resources and people that respond to your needs.
Ottawa is committed to increasing the number of sustainable operations and boasts a list of eco-friendly venues and green meeting facility options.
World Class Convention Centre
Ottawa is home to one of the world’s elite convention centres. The state-of-the-art Shaw Centre, located in the heart of city next to the Rideau Canal, is situated within walking distance of six thousand hotel room. Shaw Centre was recently ranked among the top three convention centres in the world for customer service.
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