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$24 to vacation like a Jedi in Ottawa

vicky vacay deal of the dayTravel Deal for August 30, 2013

The force will be with you if you travel to Ottawa!

Ottawa Tourism is showcasing the “Star Wars: Identities” exhibit at the the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

Two hundred original costumes, props, models, and pieces of artwork from the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum are available for viewing. There’s R2-D2, Yoda, Chewbacca, Boba Fett, Princess Leia, stormtroopers, Darth Vader, Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon and Anakin Skywalker’s full-sized Podracer.

Extended until October 14, 2013 this exhibit will take visitors on an interactive quest to explore the science of identity.  The exhibition follows the dramatic journeys of the most dysfunctional father-and-son duo in movie history — Luke and Anakin Skywalker — and explores what makes these characters tick.

So go in full throttle and make the run to the Aviation and Space Museum. Exhibition hours and prices are Sunday to Wednesday 10 am to 6 pm (last entrance at 4:30 pm), Thursday to Saturday 10 am to 8 pm (last entrance at 6:30 pm). Adults pay $24 ($ 20 members), teen/senior $ 20 ($17 members), and children 3-12 pay $ 13.25 ($11). Admission free for children under two. Recommends Ottawa for Great Dining

Fighting the Dark Side builds up quite an appetite. It’s a great thing you’re in Ottawa, where the best restaurant from the Capital Region placed fourth in’s second annual Top 50 Restaurants in Canada list. Two others placed among the Top 100.

4. Atelier, Ottawa
Chef: Marc Lepine
Website: Cuisine: Microgastronomy, Modern
Judge John Placko of Modern Culinary Academy says: I’ve dined here three times and each time the multi-course menu keeps improving in terms of sophistication, presentation and flavour combinations. Marc’s use of modernist techniques to create unique textures puts his food on the top of my list. No surprise then that the small, oddly located restaurant has been full on all three occasions. He masters the unique modernist techniques and weaves them into the local and seasonally inspired ingredients, while having fun with his menu descriptions.

54. Murray Street Kitchen, Ottawa, Ontario
Judges Don and Jenn Chow of Foodie Prints say: Ottawa is home to at least a thousand farms. Farm-to-table may be an option in other cities. It isn’t here, especially after chef Steve Mitton opened Murray Street Kitchen. He exposed the city to its first charcuterie bar. Serving Canadian contemporary comfort with Austrian and German influences, Murray Street has a strong “local” ethic. The menu constantly changes to accommodate available meat and produce. Soul-satisfying plates are whimsically named, oftentimes after farmers. Think pork cretons; gnocchi in smoked lamb bolognese, and duck fat-poached beef short rib. If you want to taste the region, visit Murray Street. Even John Cattuci of Food Network Canada’s “You Gotta Eat Here” stopped by recently.

99. ZenKitchen, Ottawa, Ontario
Judges Jen and Don Chow of Foodie Prints say: Since opening in spring 2010, ZenKitchen has made a name for itself for its vegan and vegetarian fare. A two-time silver medallist at the regional Gold Medal Plates culinary competition, chef Caroline Ishii’s exquisite meatless and dairy-free dishes often draw in the omnivore crowd. Innovative and flavourful with intricate plating, the vegan food is surprisingly satisfying.

To see the entire Top 50 Restaurants in Canada list, click here.

For more information about Star Wars Identities: Call 1-855-897-6919 or email

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