Econo Lodge Downtown
475 Rideau St.
Ottawa, ON K1N 5Z3
Phone: (613) 789-3781
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One of the most fascinating glimpses into Canada's political history can be had at this beautiful, oddly downscale Ottawa home. Originally home to Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier and later to William Lyon MacKenzie King, the home predates twenty-four Sussex Drive as the official residence of the Prime Minister. Famous visitors to the house include Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle.
The Goodwin House in Ottawa, Ontario is a palatial mansion that serves as the Canadian headquarters of Amnesty International. This historic building was built in 1900, one of the biggest mansions to be constructed in Ottawa at that time and even later. Over the years, ownership of the mansion changed hands when it was used a convent of the Grey Nuns, headquarters of the Canadian Women's Army Corps and St. John Ambulance.
The Tabaret Hall forms the main Academic building of the University of Ottawa. Named after Father Joseph-Henri Tabaret, OMI, this building with its roman pillars and unique architecture is a sight to visit for all visitors. The building is the central gathering spot for all the university students and all events and programs take place within this premise. Various social and academic programs including concerts and seminars take place at the Tabaret Hall.
The Strathcona Park in Ottawa, Ontario is the site where soldiers trained before being deployed during the Second Boer War. This piece of history is now safely ensconced in the western area of the park in the form of Range Road. Other attractions in the park include a fountain named Lord Strathcona fountain and a play area by artist Stephen Brathwaite. In the summer, one can watch plays by the Odyssey Theatre and in the winter one can hop onto their snowboard and rustle down the hill area of the park.
Linked with the New Edinburgh Park, Stanley Park is not as famous as its counterpart. It was closed for environmental cleanup for a couple of years and reopened in 2012. This riverside park features a lagoon, a sculpture trail and dog zone where you can unleash your pet.
Founded in 1848 as the College of Bytown, the University of Ottawa is a bilingual public university. This co-ed university offers several courses centered around research, with over 40,000 students a year. Facilities at the college include several libraries and a museum, off campus provisions, accommodation facilities and sustainability initiatives. Ranked as one of the best colleges in Canada, the College of Bytown has seen alumni such as Paul Martin, the 24th Prime Minister of Canada. The college has also made a name for itself in sports and athletics.
Named after Dr. Leo Marion, the Marion Hall building is home to the university Department of Earth Sciences and other offices. The Marion Hall of the University of Ottawa was previously home to the Department of Chemistry. This large building has been refurbished and has good infrastructure and facilities.
This large, luxurious park is a local favorite; its large green expanses, tennis courts, picnic areas and a winter skating rink provide its patrons with a variety of options for outside fun! The park is also home to many a critter; one can easily spot muskrats, herons or turtles here on a lucky day! Stop by for a stroll!
Justice Building was constructed in 1938 primarily for the Canadian police. Designed by Thomas W. Fuller similar to the Confederation Building, it now houses the parliamentary offices.
The Connaught Building in Ottawa, Ontario belongs to the Public Works and Government Services Canada. This historic building serves as the headquarters of the Canada Revenue Agency. Built in 1915 to relocate some departments from the overcrowded Parliament Buildings, the Tudor Gothic style building was declared a National Historic Site of Canada in 1990. It is also a Federal Heritage Building of Classified Status due to its architectural importance.
Built between 1839 and 1885, this neo-Gothic cathedral situated on Sussex Drive on the edge of the Byward Market is the oldest surviving church in Ottawa. Its twin spires and gilded Madonna are easily identifiable from nearby Parliament Hill and the surrounding area. The interior of the church is brightly painted and decorated with carved features, exquisite stained glass windows and hundreds of statues of various religious figures. The church is open daily for self-guided tours and prayer.
The Cartier Square Drill Hall was built in 1879 as a military training facility and it remains the same today. Housing the Governor General's Foot Guards and the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa, military drills still take place as they are kept as reserves for the Canadian Nation. Even till date they keep displays of drums and pipes. It definitely is a must see when in Ottawa because of its historical nature.