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few days in Ottawa

by derekmacd

I'm gonna be a few days in Ottawa in June. Wheres good to go at night for live music. Are there any places where Irish traditional music is played (session)
Also can anyone tell me the best place to rent a bike for a few days.
Many Thanks.

Re: few days in Ottawa

by johngayton

Well I wouldn't call it "Irish Traditional" but if you want a bit of music there's several places around the Byward Market - try this one: http://www.irishvillage.ca/

For local bands the New Edinburgh Pub (a liile bit out of town) - http://www.newedinburghpub.com/

For a late night music venue - the "nightclub on the edge of the universe" http://www.zaphodbeeblebrox.com/

I've only ever been to Ottawa in winter and so no ideas about downtown bike rentals (if you need skis or skates...) but I'm sure there's plenty - just google ottawa bike hire.

Have fun in Ottawa!

Re: few days in Ottawa

by Greggor58

Depends what part of town is easiest for you...but these guys...bike rentals...are right beside the Canal...and a pub...for a cool pint AFTER youve been out for a ride...I've rented from them twice and the bikes were good quality and the prices I thought were reasonable.The location certainly cant be beaten...the Canal is GREAT for riding with easy access from there to most anywhere along the city's 170 kms of bike paths..

http://ottawastart.com/bike.php

http://members.ottawadirect.info/p/cycos-ottawa-5-hawthorne-avenue/

Heres a link for "live" Ottawa Irish music...I haven't done pubs in eons..so I cant speak from recent experience..hope this helps....drop a line if you have other questions..if you like..

http://www.irishmusicottawa.ca/

Re: few days in Ottawa

by derekmacd

Thanks for that. I'm looking forward to the 'nightclub on the edge of the universe'

Re: few days in Ottawa

by derekmacd

That's great news. I will definitely check out the bike rental people.

thanks.

Travel Tips for Ottawa

Wireless Internet Access

by johngayton

If, like me, your laptop is your travelling buddy and you find yourself here in Ottawa without a decent internet connection then the Bridgehead chain of coffee shops all offer freebie wireless. Not only freebie Wi-Fi but an ample supply of mains sockets to plug into!! - Yep, how many places offer freebie access but nowhere to top your battery up?

The Bridgehead Trading company started off as church-led initiative in Toronto in 1981 to support small-scale Nicaraguan coffee farmers by buying coffee direct from the growers at the time that Nicaragua was recovering from its civil war. The original not-for-profit company traded from locations such as church basements, staffed by volunteers, until 1984 when Oxfam-Canada aquired the business and attempted to run it as a for-profit private enterprise whilst still attempting to retain the original group's ethos.

For whatever reasons the involvement of Oxfam led to the company making losses and so after a couple of little tweaks of ownership and management the Bridgehead group restarted in 2000 with a flagship coffee shop outlet here in Ottawa.

Keeping to the original company's ethos Bridgehead returned to its roots as a supporter of small coffee (and tea and chocolate) growers and now has 8 outlets in the city, competing successfully against the likes of Starbucks and Tim Hortons.

The coffee is good and reasonably priced but be prepared to have to hang around for a decent seat!

For the store nearest you! - Bridgehead Company Site

Visit Ottawa... Canada's capital!

by europebn

Ottawa is a great city... it is the 4th most populated city in Canada behind Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, and doesn't get as many visitors as well. But, it definitely has character, and is worth a visit for a few days.

It is home of Winterlude in February and the Tulip Festival in May. See the National Capital Commission website (see below) for details. It has many restaurants, shops, and bars to keep you busy. But more than that, it is not as crowded as a major city, and many of its attractions lie in the Byward Market, which is walkable.

For all sorts of information about Ottawa, here are a few sites of interest:

National Capital Commission:
www.capcan.ca

City of Ottawa
www.city.ottawa.on.ca

Ottawa - canada.com network
www.canada.com/ottawa

Ottawa Kiosk - Your One Stop Guide to Ottawa
www.ottawakiosk.com

And the link on my Ottawa main page.

VISIT 'THE ETERNAL FLAME'...

by Simonneeddy

VISIT 'THE ETERNAL FLAME' which honors our Unknown soldier and all those who died in the wars in the service of their country Canada.My brother Pilot Officer Lawrence Dubois (Allouette 425 Squadron a French Canadian Squadron) is one of them. Walking along the Rideau Canal or in front of the parliament buildings.

View from the River

by tvor

Another activity that's fun to do is taking a river tour. There are different companies that do boat tours. It's a nice way to get a different view of Ottawa from the Ottawa River. You go down by the Rideau Canal and the boats launch from there. We sailed up past Parliament then back down to the Rideau Falls coming quite close to them and then across and along the Quebec side near Gatineau. I went on one in the evening, docking by about 9 so we saw the sunset.

Bank of Canada

by jamiesno

One thing about Ottawa this is just simply where so much nationaly happens.

Here is a picture of the Bank of Canada.

Obviously a very important institution in any country.

http://www.bankofcanada.ca/

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