Ottawa launches “It’s On Us” campaign along with 30 participating hotels
OTTAWA, ON., August 3, 2020 — There are so many great reasons to visit our Nation’s Capital and now Ottawa Tourism has sweetened the pot! As part of their “It’s On Us” campaign, Ottawa Tourism is offering a $100 Visa Gift Card for visitors who book at least a two-night stay in Ottawa (one card per stay/booking).
Hotel rooms must be booked before September 30, 2020 with stays before December 31, 2020. Some 30 hotels are participating in the promotion which offers visitors an incentive to visit their great city.
“With more of our tourism businesses opening up with enhanced safety protocols, we’re seeing more people planning staycations in Ottawa,” says Michael Crockatt, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism. “If you’re staying in our hotels, let us cover the cost of a nice meal on the patio in the ByWard Market neighbourhood, or a boat cruise along the Rideau Canal or a visit to the Diefenbunker!” (personal note—I visited the Diefenbunker a few years ago and it is like stepping back in time. A great way to learn more about Canadian history)
In terms of must-see attractions, be sure to visit the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum, both of which recently reopened. Both museums are open Thursday to Sunday with free indoor tours (reservations required). The National Gallery of Canada offers free admission for the first 25,000 guests visiting from Thursday to Sunday. Families will love visiting the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum, the Canada Science and Technology Museum and The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, all of which are opening in early August (check online for details)
Other top suggestions including a boat cruise on either the Rideau Canal or the Ottawa River, enjoying the C’est Bon Cooking Tour or participating in a guided Haunted Walk (I’ve done this—a thrilling and enjoyable way to learn about some of Ottawa’s spooky history) https://ottawatourism.ca/en/ottawa-unlocked
Ottawa is a haven for sports and outdoor enthusiasts offering cycling and walking trails, paddling, and boating, river and canal cruises, white water rafting and more. Be sure to visit the ByWard Market pick up some fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, enjoy a great lunch and try a yummy Beaver Tail!
The #MyOttawaPass offers deals and discounts at over 75 businesses, valid until September 07.
As a preventative measure in response to COVID-19, guided tours of the Senate of Canada building and the House of Commons at West Block are suspended until further notice. For more information on things to see and do, visit https://ottawatourism.ca/en.
story by Laurie Wallace-Lynch