From Colleen Mabon, Sales Coordinator, Lord Elgin Hotel
I’ve lived in the Ottawa/Gatineau valley since I was 4 years old, and have many great memories of exploring the area with my friends and family. Throughout the years, I’ve visited many of the popular tourist attractions through school field trips such as the Experimental Farm, Museum of Science & Technology, Parliament Hill, and many others. My parents used to take my sisters and I on hiking trips in the Gatineau Park, and we still try to make it up there at least once a year.
I adore using the bike path along the Rideau Canal during the spring and summer months. Whether it’s biking or roller blading with friends and family or just taking a leisurely stroll on my own, there’s nothing I love more in Ottawa than the canal. The Farmer’s Market in the Byward Market is something I look forward to every summer. There’s nothing like being able to pick up a basket of fresh raspberries to snack on while I make my way to meet friends on our favourite patio at the Heart & Crown.
There are many festivals throughout the area but my favourites are Blues Fest (July), and the Hot Air Balloon festival in Gatineau (early September). Both festivals are family friendly and fun for all ages. No matter what you’re looking to do, there’s something here in Ottawa for you.