Travel Deal for September 23, 2013
But the Westin Ottawa has a getaway deal that promises to inject some passion into your stay. The Refresh Your Senses Romance Package costs $289 per night and includes:
- Champagne and strawberries on arrival
- Full American breakfast for 2 in the hotel’s restaurant or through room service
- 4 pm late check out (based on availability)
While in Ottawa, you’ll want to wander through the city’s lush green spaces, visit the fantastic national museums, and enjoy the nightlife in the Byward Market or along Elgin Street. If that doesn’t put you in the mood, try a short drive into Quebec’s Gatineau region or west into the Ottawa Valley for views of the fall colours, which will soon arrive.
The Westin Ottawa is an ideal hotel for your stay. It is located on the Rideau Canal, a short walk to the Byward Market and Parliament Hill.
Vacay.ca Seeks Out Justin Trudeau in Ottawa
Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau caused a political fanfest earlier this year when he was elected to the post. Thousands of people caught some political fever in Ottawa, including Vacay.ca Senior Writer Mariellen Ward.
Ward writes: “While Trudeau was being paraded from media interview to media interview, and eventually to a victory party, we continued to walk, past the hotel and down to the picturesque spot where the canal meets the river, basking in the last rays of the spring sun. With the burnished windows of the Chateau Laurier to our left, we stood at the Celtic Cross, erected to the memory of 1,000 Irish workers and their families who died building the Rideau Canal, and thought of our ancestors. The Celtic Cross bears five symbols etched into the solid stone: a mosquito, an explosion, a wheelbarrow, a pickaxe and shovel, and in the centre of them all, a harp, the symbol for Ireland. They seem insignificant emblems to represent the struggles and hard work of our ancestors; slight objects to build a nation upon. But perhaps that’s the point; that it is at these intersections, these small moments of sacrifice, triumph and tragedy, that become the fabric of a nation, and that provide the soil and the foundation for something as solid as Canada.”