From Tiffany Ambar, Sales Assistant at the Lord Elgin and Student, Algonquin College
I’m originally from Ottawa, ON but I grew up in America; I lived in Florida for about twelve years and moved back to Canada in February of 2012. I can definitely say I’m not too fond of the cold weather, and adjusting to it was (and still is) not easy. The reason why my family and I moved to Florida was because my parents opened up a restaurants in Hollywood Beach, FL. They’ve owned 18 restaurants in total and their last restaurant in Ottawa was called Las Palmas, located in the ByWard Market. I am currently a full-time student at Algonquin College and I am enrolled in the program of The Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management. What made me decide to join this program was the amazing reputation it has, as well as the success rate of students who graduate and find a career immediately. Also, I have a passion for working in the hospitality/tourism industry. My goal after graduating is to move back to Florida, or pretty much anywhere it doesn’t snow, and become a General Manager of a hotel/resort.
I’ve served in several different restaurants in Ottawa such as Lone Star Texas Grill and The Keg Steakhouse Bar and Grill. Currently, I work in the sales department at the historical Lord Elgin Hotel. It is my first official job in a hotel and I can’t express enough what an honor it is to work with the delightful guest and staff.
Ottawa is truly a beautiful city with so much to do! If I were to take a friend sight-seeing, I would definitely take him/her to the Parliament, maybe even enjoy lunch on Parliament Hill. Then, we can take a walk over to the War Memorial, which is one of Ottawa’s historical landmarks.
Personally, one of my favorite things to do is eating out at restaurants. I absolutely love food and I enjoy trying different cuisines. My top three places to eat out in Ottawa are Pancho Villa, The Keg Steakhouse Bar and Grill, and The Heart and Crown. Pancho Villa is located on Elgin St. and they serve the best Mexican food in town. The Keg Steakhouse Bar and Grill is located on Hunt Club Rd, York Street, and Richmond Rd. For anyone who is craving delicious steak, I highly recommend going to The Keg. Lastly, The Heart and Crown is located on Clarence St., and it’s a great place to enjoy a few drinks with a tasty plate of nachos on the patio. They also have live bands every weekend to enjoy a great night of dancing!
From Rikki Cavanagh, Sales Manager, Lord Elgin Hotel…. (fresh out of college, this young gal brings a fresh face and fun to our office)
I am new to Ottawa. I grew up in Montreal, just two hours away, but worlds apart. My favourite things to do in Ottawa are the things that make it the National Capital, the things that make me proud to be Canadian. The first time I watched the Guards march up Elgin Street for the Changing of the Guard I was brought to tears. Ottawa is the only place you can see that display of patriotism in Canada and that’s when it hit me, I live in the Capital!
Another unique experience is the sound & light show on the Parliament Buildings. There are hundreds upon hundreds of people on Parliament Hill, sitting on blankets with their families and friends, learning about Canada’s history through a beautiful display of special effects. I was blown away! The quality of this free show is astounding and on top of being entertained, I actually learned a bit!
The city is filled with national monuments and amazing architecture, it is impossible not to fall in love with it. But if you do need a bit of help, stand on the Laurier Bridge and look out at the Rideau Canal, the Parliament Buildings, and everything beautiful in between. Just like me, you will feel proud to be Canadian, and happy to be home.