Avalon Bed & Breakfast

539 Besserer Street, Ottawa, K1N 6C6, Canada
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by robin888


I plan to visit Ottawa next spring for 6 months or so and intend to rent an apartment during my stay..Any suggestions as to which area of Ottawa is the best in terms of transportation. I don't drive and I will be dependent on the public transit. What is the average rent now in Ottawa for a one bedroom suite? thanks


by neverstoptravel

$700-800/month for a one bedroom apartment. It all depends where you usually go, you may rent one along the transit route.


by Mriveraq

You can rent something in Hull that is just crossing the bridge and using the same bus system transportation. Hull is Quebec side of the river. Live and entertainement is much better in Hull that Ottawa. Remember that Ottawa live with the Parliament and is a beautiful city but sometimes boring.
All young people cross the river during weekend to celebrate in Hull where bars close late and in Ottawa I think they close around midnight.


by johngayton

Yep, Hull rents are considerably cheaper than Ottawa (550 to 600 dollars) try www.247apartments.com (click on Quebec then Hull). Vieux Hull certainly is more interesting than Downtown Ottawa. Transportation is no problem - www.sto.ca

Note though that Hull is French-speaking which is reflected by the street and shop signage but most locals are French/English bilingual.


by robin888


Thank you for all your responses. It certainly helps me to plan.


by robin888


Thank you for all your responses. It certainly helps me to plan.


by Sprucebeer

They are right, Hull is cheaper than Ottawa. Also on the Quebec side you only have to pay 1st month’s rent up front; as for in Ottawa they usually request 1st and last months’ rent.

If you opt for the Hull side, you would want to stay in Vieux Hull (Old Hull) which is close to Ottawa… walking distance across the river to the Ottawa Market and would also have choices of bus routes to Ottawa.

So the Vieux Hull (Old Hull) or near the Ottawa Market are your best bets if you want to get out at night. Either side you would be in walking distance or a quick cab ride to where the fun is at night as well as to many of the attractions in the region. This way you wouldn’t have to depend on the transit system in the evening.

If you do look up ads for a place to rent in Hull, note that on some sites or in newspapers it is now called “Gatineau (Hull sector)”. Gatineau, Aylmer and Hull became one city a while back, although a lot of sites still call it Hull. Also note that some places in Hull, which are not walking distance to Ottawa, can be quite far if you don’t have a car. Some places do not have a good bus route available, which can be very inconvenient if you don’t have a car. So make sure there is at least a bus route.

Good luck :-)

Travel Tips for Ottawa

Colourful Market

by doreenellen

We paid a visit to the colourful market, selling fresh flowers, vegetables and speciality goods. Also the famour maple syrup.
People were all friendly and you also feel the french influence too. Very colourful stalls at the market
Especially the flowers

Civilisation Museum.

by Aragina

Across the river from the Parliament Buildings, it is one of Canada's top museums. Especially noteworthy are its exhibits on Aboriginal Peoples, its reconstructions of Canadian life throughout history, and its IMAX/OmniMax cinema. The museum was designed by Alberta architect Douglas Cardinal, whose buildings are noted for their flowing curves and few straight lines. I had a wonderful afternoon here.

Notre Dame Basilica (1846-1866)

by yooperprof

Ottawa is a little unusual in that it has two Roman Catholic Basilicas - one for the Irish community, the other for the French. This is the French Basilica.

The building was originally constructed in the 1840s, and the tin steeples - were added two decades later. The rich interior of the Basilica is heavily decorated and contains numerous shrines and sculptures. Notre Dame has been the Cathedral for the diocese since 1847, and was made into a Basilica in 1879.

The Basilica is just across the street from the National Gallery at 375 Sussex Dr.

Skating on the Rideau Canal...

by europebn

If you can handle the cold, then there's nothing more enjoyable to go skating on the world's longest skating rink, the Rideau Canal. It is usually open for a couple months during the winter months, and is the prime attraction during the annual event of Winterlude. It's great!!!

For more info on Winterlude, please visit the National Capital Commission's website at: www.capcan.ca

This is a bad pic of the canal...

by Kentbein

This is a bad pic of the canal when I was there. The problem with going to a place with a new camera is there just isn't enough time for good on the job TRAINING!! But, look through the crumby camera work and you'll see people skating all over the canal having a great time.

The weather when I was there was beautiful. Just a shade or two below freezing, clear, clean, crisp and wonderful. Everyone was out enjoying the break from the winds that can whip through you, but turned calm during my visit. The days I visited, life was very good for everyone! They enjoyed it, and so did I. I’m anxious to go back.


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