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Arguably one of the most beautiful structures in the nation's capital, the National Gallery of Canada is a striking mesh of fused glass and granite that is home to an impressive art collection. The entrance of the gallery is dominated by Louis Bourgeois' Maman, a gigantic arachnid sculpture that shelters its 26 marble eggs from prying eyes. Once inside the building, visitors proceed along a long, glass concourse with a vaulted ceiling that leads to the Great Hall. From the hall, visitors can access the gallery's many rooms, each associated with an artistic style or period. Home to nearly 40,000 works of art and an astounding collection of Canadian creations, the National Gallery of Canada is acknowledged as one of the most eminent institutions of fine art in the world. Some of the gallery's most soul-stirring and evocative pieces of art include the religious artwork of New France, the Group of Seven paintings, Inuit sculptures, and Andy Warhol's masterpieces, as well as paintings by Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Claude Monet.
Upholding the Delta group's reputation for high-quality, multi-purpose accommodations, this centrally located high rise offers luxurious accommodation for all. The guestrooms feature all the usual amenities, with thoughtful additions like two-line phones and data ports, irons, hair dryers, coffee makers, ergonomic chairs and windows that open. Business travelers can take advantage of Executive Club rooms, which include bathrobes, continental breakfast and other perks. With a fully equipped business center and 25,000 square feet (2323 square meters) of conference space, the Delta Ottawa City Centre is an especially great choice for business travelers. Enjoy your down time at the hotel with a refreshing dip in the indoor pool and in-room spa services, or shake off any stress left over from a tiring day with a workout session at the gym. With easy access to downtown Ottawa's many attractions, you find plenty to keep you entertained throughout your stay.
When you stay at Les Suites Hotel, Ottawa, you really do have the best of everything, the luxury of a great location and the comfort of spacious elegance. Situated in the heart of downtown Ottawa, Les Suites Hotel is next door to great shopping at the Rideau Shopping Centre and surrounded by fine dining and entertainment. Ideally located near major travel routes, government offices, and popular attractions, we offer the perfect location for business travelers and leisure guests alike. Their condominium-sized suites are furnished with the amenities you need to feel at home. A family-friendly accommodation, Les Suites Hotel Ottawa has special rooms for kids and allows your furry friend to accompany you on your stay here.
This centrally located hotel cozy one- and two-bedroom suites, as well as VIP suites with hot tubs. An outdoor playground, shuffleboard and complimentary toys for children insure a peaceful holiday for parents. Business travelers enjoy the comfortable meeting rooms, which offer views of the hotel garden. The National Arts Centre, Parliament Buildings and Canal Rideau are all within easy walking distance. You can enjoy dining at the in-house restaurant and cafe or explore the city by yourself as the shopping and vibrant nigtlife spots are also nearby.
The Albert at Bay Suite Hotel is located just blocks away from all the action in the thick of downtown Ottawa. Rooms range from one-bedroom suites with queen or double beds to deluxe and presidential suites with king-size beds. Suites come with fully equipped kitchens, irons, hair dryers, data ports and two televisions in each room. Corporate clients can take advantage of the executive business suites, which feature a large desk, printer and fax machine, speaker phone, continental breakfast and high speed internet access. The Albert at Bay Suite Hotel is located close to many fashion sites, the Canadian War Museum, and Victoria Island.
A walk through this heritage building, which chronicles Canada's natural history, will take you back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the landscape and glaciers covered 80 percent of the country's landmass. Exhibits at Canadian Museum of Nature examine the country's biodiversity, the history of Canada's aboriginal people and life in the far north. One of its key highlights is the expansive Bird Gallery, which showcases more than 450 species of Canadian birds, apart from interactive and multimedia experiences.
Toys for any child of any age are available in this feast-for-the-senses toy shop. Colorful interactive displays dominate the expansive store in the heart of the Glebe on Bank Street. Cheerful staff members are helpful with finding specific items and suggesting gift ideas. A selection of books, patterned plastic furniture and bizarre games graces each of the bright yellow, blue and red walls. Adults beware! You'll have to dodge excited children experimenting with the goods.
Boomerang Kids in the old southern neighborhood of Ottawa is one of a chain of stores which specializes in clothes, accessories and toys for kids. What is special about this store is that around three fourth of the merchandise which is sold here is sourced secondhand from local communities. This way, the quality is in no way hampered but the prices are definitely a lot more pocket-friendly. Along with age appropriate toys, the shop offers baby gear like cribs, car seats and swings, and clothes for babies and small children with a special section for dance clothes and accessories. A section of the shop is also dedicated to formal and informal maternity wear. All in all, this is the perfect place to come to for all baby products at an affordable price.
You'll be surprised to find a fully functioning farm in the middle of the city! Located in the heart of the Central Experimental Farm, the museum pays tribute to traditional and modern farming practices in Canada. An exhibit called "Bread: The Inside Story" takes visitors through the process of turning Canadian wheat into the daily staple. "Living displays" at hand include a herd of dairy cattle, as well as a variety of sheep, horses and other animals.
Mastermind Toys is a Canadian chain of toy stores with its base in Toronto. One of the largest retailers of specialty toys, this toy store sources its merchandise from all around the globe. Offering thousands of age-appropriate toys, this place is every kid's dream come true. From doll houses, puppets and puzzles to construction toys, musical instruments and scooters, this place has it all. The store also offers a number of children's story books.
Situated close to Mooney's Bay, the Mooney's Bay Park is a green respite from the chaotic and noisy city life. This public park is an ideal place to take along your family on a picnic; and everyone will surely have a great time here. With beach access, activities like swimming and boating are a common sight here especially around summertime. It is also popular for other activities like biking, nature walks and skiing. During the month of June, Mooney's Bay Park hosts the Nortel Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival.
Come see one of the finest collections of vintage aircraft in the world at Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Creative exhibitions and programs in this delta-shaped building make learning about aviation fun. Experience hang gliding on a simulator, sit at the controls of a Cessna, watch films of aircraft in action, tackle the helicopter studio or test your skills at video games and computer quizzes. You can even soar over Ottawa in a historical aircraft for a small fee. The museum is located along the Eastern Parkway near Rockcliffe.