Ottawa 2017 – A year in review

I cannot believe we are 10 days to 2018.  The big party of 2017 is winding up next week with a big ‘Tada’ on Parliament Hill to cap off Canada’s 150th celebrations.  I typically enjoy a nice quiet evening at home for New Year’s eve with my hubby and family, but for the first time in many years, I am going to don my party hat and do dinner here at the hotel (fabulous food and wine pairing was an easy draw) and then up to the Hill to take in the yea end festivities and I get to do it with great friends and family!!

What a year 2017 has been!  We had just come off the high of celebrating the hotel’s 75th anniversary in 2016 and were heading into another year full of more festivities – this time for Ottawa and Canada 150.  We wrapped up what was a very aggressive renovation schedule at the beginning of 2017 just in time for the party to begin, kicking off with Winterlude 2017 which was a huge success.  The canal was frozen for almost exactly 21 days…just enough to cover the critical Winterlude weekends – always a huge hit!

Winterlude ice bench

Winterlude ice bench

What fun we had this year branding everything with Canada 150.  Ottawa was on a high all year and the hotel had the best year ever, helped with all the 150th activities and numerous conventions booked.  It was the perfect storm – a beautiful renovation, a big birthday to celebrate and a team that just seemed to be on a high all year!  We capped it off winning the Star Team of the year through Stars of the City.  It doesn’t get better!

As someone who started in this hotel taking reservations on little white cards over 40 years ago, I can say honestly that I am SO proud to work here today more than ever!  I feel so much a part of Ottawa and this community and I love the folks I work with.  This is a unique hotel with a soul that grabs you and does not let go.   I am so grateful!

So here’s to 2018 and all the new adventures!  Bring it on!


The Lord Elgin gears up for Canada Day 2017!

The Lord Elgin hotel has been in the heart of Ottawa for 75 years now, our rich history revolves around the capital. Constructed in the war time era, the Lord Elgin and its staff has had the opportunity to see Ottawa grow into the wonderful and modernized city it is now. Ottawa is our home and this Canada day will be even more extravagant than the past 75 years, as most will see, Ottawa is covered with signs and posters for Canada’s big 150th birthday!

This year, Canada, we’re going big! Not only are we going to have internal hotel celebrations and gifts, but our hotel, is in the heart of all the celebration! We are located right next to City Hall, down the Hill from parliament and facing the famous confederation park!

Ottawa holds numerous events for Canada 150, such as:

La machine: A huge metallic half dragon, half horse and spider will roam the streets of downtown Ottawa from July 27 to July 30.

La Machine is a street theater that started back in 1999. Its creator, François Delarozière, wanted to thank artists, technicians and theatre designers for working together on the construction and creation of unusual theatre objects.

Inspiration Village, revolves around fun challenges, surprises, fun workshops and inspirational guest speakers. The entire village lights up, and has become a true Ottawa gem. The events will be taking place until September 4.

-KONTINUUM, from July 16 to September 14, Ottawa’s future Lyon Light Rail Transit (LRT) station is transformed into an immersive multimedia production. Visitors descend into a fabricated reality where invisible frequencies take on the physical dimension. Get your tickets now before it’s too late!

Now we will talk about what Lord Elgin is doing for this celebration.

For starters, our famous and delicious restaurant, Grill 41, has created a ‘’Canada Day menu’’ How delicious? Our bets are on maple glazed foods!

Serving only the best foods from coast to coast, most of these savoury dishes will revolve around historical and current well-known Canadian favourites.


It’ll make your tastebuds proud to be Canadian!

Grill 41 opened its doors 2010 and was formerly known as the Elgin Café, or Murray’s Restaurant, among other names.  Under the direction of Executive Chef, Neil Mather, they have truly perfected every single one of their dishes.  Neil has worked as a chef internationally, including working in the Bahamas and Kenya in one of the tops tourists resorts and has won ‘Chef of the year’ for Ottawa countless times. No wonder it’s an Ottawa favourite! They’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner! To make reservations please call: (613) 569-2126

One of the biggest and historical events for Canada Day, is the famous fireworks. These can be seen from right outside our hotel; you can even go for a late night stroll and view these spectacular fireworks. And, for Canada’s 150, Canada promised it will be the biggest firework show in Canada’s history, definitely a must see!

Canada Day

Parliament Hill

Now for our guests, we want you to experience the most amazing Canada Day possible; therefore, we have made a Canada Day essential giftbag to help you explore the ciyt! The bags contain, flags, maps, rain coats, gift cards and much more!

2017  Canada Day Bag

2017 Canada Day Bag

Our hotel will also create and dedicate an outdoor sign for the nation’s birthday. We are proudly Canadian!!

The Lord Elgin hotel and staff would like to wish you and your loved one an amazing Canada Day!

Written by:

Social Media Intern

Jazlyn Dunham