Lord Elgin Traditions

Let’s talk about traditions.

Have you ever Googled the meaning of traditions? I did, just out of curiosity it means:

“The transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way.”


The main reason people love new or ancient traditions is because it gives them the ability to connect and share a memory with each generation. Whether it’d be commercial, political, or a celebration; everyone has a tradition they anticipate.

Traditions can come from your friends, your family, or maybe even your workplace.  They’re part of our culture and when we partake in them, they make us feel proud.

As many of you know, the Lord Elgin Hotel is very proud to be independently owned and operated. For 76 years the elegant Lord Elgin has been situated in the downtown core of Ottawa. This landmark location has allowed the Lord Elgin’s to be shape into its own unique brand. The staff at Lord Elgin represent this brand. The are always recognized as friendly with superb service, but the staff at the Lord Elgin have many of their own traditions they celebrate each year in order to connect with the Ottawa community.

Here are a few of the Lord Elgin Hotel’s traditions:

Tradition One – Loyal Employee

After working 25 years for the Lord Elgin Hotel, an employee will receive a gold watch, as a gift for their loyalty to the company. This tradition has been apart of the Lord Elgin brand for more than 40 years and many employees have taken part in this tradition. In fact we just gave one away not to long ago at our staff BBQ.

Tradition Two – #MyLordElgin Ice Bench Contest

The Lord Elgin Hotel wanted to get in on the fun of Winterlude; thus they created the ice bench photo contest. The contest begins when Winterlude begins. Many Winterlude goers and passersby take photos of the ice bench, which is always situated outside the lovely Grill 41, and then, after posting their picture and connecting it through Instagram, they enter for a chance to win our grand prize! This tradition started 5 years ago, its gained so much popularity that it is now considered a true Elgin tradition.

Tradition Three – Changing of the Guards

On Friday, July 7th, 2017 at 10 a.m the changing of the guards officially starts. The ceremony begins on Parliament Hill at 9:45 a.m. sharp each morning (until August 25), following a march by the Guard from its Cartier Square Drill Hall just south of Parliament Hill and up Elgin Street. The Changing of the Guard began as a morning routine on the Hill in 1959, and turned into an annual tradition for the city. As for the Lord Elgin team, it has been a tradition for 40 years that the Lord Elgin staff on the first day of the parade, we watch the march on the first day from right outside the front entrance.

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Tradition Four – Late Night Jam Sessions

One of our newest traditions is our Late Night Jam Sessions, which begins tonight, June 22. Grill 41 transforms as live music from local artists and performers from the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival collaborate. Our favourite part about Late Night Jam Sessions is the ability for our guest to bring in their own instrument to jam with these artists! As a new tradition, it is still unique to our brand, which makes it all the more fun for our guests.


Tradition Five – Staff BBQ

Each year we like to honour our staff for their hard work for the year with some sunshine, good food from Grill 41, prizes and lots of fun. The Lord Elgin would not be the brand it is today, without the work from it wonderful team. This tradition has been going on for 5 years.

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These are just a few of the traditions the Lord Elgin celebrates. But, each year our team and the Ottawa community look forward to these traditions. Now, let me ask you, do you have any traditions?

Written by:

Social Media Intern

Jazlyn Dunham