Have you booked your Lord Elgin vacation yet?

July has arrived and Canada 150th celebrations continue to unfold. There are a lot of reasons to venture to Ottawa’s downtown core, as each new day has something exciting to offer. With the option of many festivals, events and activities just a walk away from the Lord Elgin hotel, our team wanted to create a fun itinerary for an ultimate weekend escape to the capital in July.

The ultimate weekend starts by booking your stay at the Lord Elgin Hotel.



3:00 P.M.


We recommend the whole crew arrives a bit early to really make the most of your weekend. Aim to arrive at the Lord Elgin Hotel in the afternoon, as check-in is at 3: 00 p.m. Once you’ve settled in, head out the lobby to keep the Friday vibes going.


Double Room photo


4:00 P.M.


Spend the afternoon touring around the Mosaic Gardens and see Ottawa from the other side of the river. The Jacques -Cartier Park host the biggest horticultural event in Canada with a Canada 150th theme. The grounds have sculptures, paints, and artwork with plants. Admission is free.




9:00 P.M.


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Nothing says, “hello weekend” quite like cocktails, a gourmet dinner and being 150 feet in the air. The Skylounge is an event happening 3 minutes away from the hotel at City Hall. This Ottawa fine dining opportunity will heighten your senses with Canadian local product and a view of the nations capital.





9:00 A.M.


Today’s mission is to find a souvenir for those whom couldn’t make it this weekend and for you to remember this ultimate time of relaxation and adventure! So, it all starts with a morning stop at the ByWard Market. One of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets – a home to both local farmers and artisans. You’ll find all sorts of venues from fresh produce to homemade clothing and everything in between.




11:00 A.M.


As a foodie, I can not just recommend one brunch spot in the capital. There are many places to explore from Lowertown Ottawa restaurant Das Lokal to the Elgin Street Scone Witch Bakery. This is a picture was taken during my brunch at  Das Lokal.


 Das Lokal


2:00 P.M.


Historic Rideau Canal is a must see when visiting the capital. In this season you’ll see walkers, runners, skaters and cyclists, canoers and paddle boarders, all sharing and enjoying the canal. The canal is conveniently located 5 minutes from the hotel, so why not rent a bike and grab a beaver tail as you explore long side the water.



7:00 P.M.


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Start your night with a cocktail and a light dinner at Grill 41. This place is conveniently attached to your where you’re staying. If I were you I would order one of their small plates to share! For an relaxing night in reserve in advance.


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10:00 P.M.


If you’re not ready to call it a night yet, head on over to Parliament Hill and see Ottawa’s own northern lights. Well not the actual northern lights, but a sound and light show that outlines Canada in a unique way!


Northern Lights



12:00 P.M.


The saddest moment of your stay is when you must depart. If you leave the capital saying “can we come back” than you’ve experience the capital right. Until next time, safe travels.


Written by:

Jazlyn Dunham

Social Media Intern

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