Are We There Yet? – Ottawa Tourism

Visit Canada's capital region.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

There's really nothing like visiting the capitals of countries – the areas are usually loaded with museums, sites to see, and activities, and they attract world-class chefs as well as high-end hotels and resorts. I've been to a number of capital cities, the closest being Washington DC and Ottawa, and both are incredibly diverse and interesting places to check out. A lot of travellers look for the more "obvious" destinations in a particular country (if someone is visiting Canada for the first time, it's not surprising to hear they're going to Toronto or Montreal, the more mainstream metropolitan cities to see), but capital regions can be ideal vacation spots for families, singles, and more.

If I've piqued your interest, Ottawa Tourism has just launched a number of Bonus Booking Offers, a program that gives visitors customized offers based on total hotel value at participating hotels. For example, a stay valued at $200 might offer free breakfast while a stay valued at $300 might offer free parking. Bonus offers are managed by individual hotels on the www.OttawaTourism.cawebsite’s booking engine and are available for new reservations at participating hotels.

Another enticing offer going on in Canada's capital will be launched in a few weeks – as of November 30, visitors to Ottawa can indulge in a Third Night Free at participating hotels for bookings and travel between November 30, 2011 and March 31, 2012.

Both of these options make it extra easy to plan an Ottawa getaway to enjoy holiday cheer, skate on the Rideau Canal, attend the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game festivities, or indulge in Winterlude activities. Meander around the Byward Market or one of many ethnic areas of the city, such as Little Italy. Visit the Cordon Bleu's restaurant "Signatures" for an unforgettable meal. Visit the nearby Gatineau Mountain region and participate in a wide range of activities. There really is something for everyone here.

For more info on Ottawa or these new offers, visit Ottawa Tourism at

Bon Voyage,