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Ottawa for Victoria Day Long weekend

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Ottawa for Victoria Day Long weekend

I am planning a trip for myself and three friends to Ottawa for the May long weekend. We're all 23 and will be looking for some good night life as well as day events (white water rafting, parliament buildings). If anything sticks out in your mind please be kind and leave a comment. Thank you for your time.

Also, we'll be getting in late Friday night and leaving Monday morning.

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1. Re: Ottawa for Victoria Day Long weekend

Hi

You did not mention where you are staying, I assume downtown?

Nightlife is the Byward Market downtown in the centre of tourist destinations, restaurants, shopping. Lots of clubs, pubs, live bands etc.

There is also Old Hull (Gatineau) across the river in Quebec or Elgin street has many good bars and restaurants.

Try http://www.wildernesstours.com/

Check out "things to do" on the left hand side of this page.

It is a fun weekend, the "first" weekend of summer. Lots of tourists and lots of people heading out of town too.

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2. Re: Ottawa for Victoria Day Long weekend

For white water rafting go to: www.wildernesstours.com 1.888 723-8669

Their official guide just came out yesterday. It was inserted in the local paper, The Ottawa Citizen.

I like Elgin street, between Laurier Ave. W and Lisgar, as you have 3 blocks of wall-to-wall restaurants, pubs, entertainment...

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3. Re: Ottawa for Victoria Day Long weekend

Old Hull is more lively I have found.....also there is the Casino on that side

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4. Re: Ottawa for Victoria Day Long weekend

While old Hull is not large, there are actually 24 restaurants/bars in a 5 minute walking radius. There are a number of quite nice restaurants on Portage, Le French Quarter, Le Petit Chicago, Molto etc.

In the little square (Aubry& Kent ) there are clubs like Le Bop and Le Bistro, mediocre food, but fun patios in the summer. On Laval (30 second walk) there is a Thai restaurant, Piz'za-za (upscale pizza), Cafe Aux 4 jeudis (great patio) Pele Mele (best poutine) and Le Troquet (best food, beer selection and service).

Summer afternoons on Thursdays there is an open air maket on Laval.

25 minute walk from downtown Ottawa.

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5. Re: Ottawa for Victoria Day Long weekend

Hi Jstnbchnn,

Welcome to the OTTAWA (Canada's Capital Region) TRAVEL FORUM

And I see that you are a Brand NEW Member of TripAdvisor... so a BIG Welcome Aboard as well !!

Be aware, that when it comes to White Water Rafting that the spots to do this along the Ottawa River are either Northwest or Northeast of the City itself. And ALL are aprox 1-1/2 to 2 Hours away... either in Ontario's Whitewater Region (Beachburg area) on the Ottawa or Madawaska Rivers (most variety of outfitters), OR else along the Rouge River in Quebec Foothills Region (Grenville-sur-la-Rouge area).

For more info, you want to check out this past topic entitled *Any White Water Experts out there?* = tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-g155004-i181-k52491…

And in particular my Reply # 2… as I mentioned these Rafting Trips are best done as all day / overnight adventures because of the time it takes to get back and forth, and how exhausting the activity can be (and no one wants to drive Hwy 17 ~ the TransCanada without being alert… day or night… Big Trucks, Traffic, Deer Country etc)

As well, coming on Victoria Day Weekend you may find that spaces are limited, either due to the time of year (not all places will be in full-swing until June when the water is a lot warmer)… AND the fact that it is a Long Weekend... and things are booking up quickly.

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When it comes to Restaurants, Bars & Clubs ... the National Capital has now what I would call 6 distinct areas... all offering something a bit different from one another...

Byward Market - Elgin Street - Somerset Street (East or West of Kent) - Dow's Lake & Preston Street (Little Italy... although there is much more here than just Italian) - and Wellington West (Hintonburg - Westboro Village) - as well as the older area of Hull that JAZBO OTTAWA has described so well above.

Hope this is helpful,

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

Edited: 30 April 2012, 17:40
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6. Re: Ottawa for Victoria Day Long weekend

My daughters are 24, 22 and 20 - here are some of the clubs in the Market that they like:

The Cabin, Whiskey Bar, Industry Room, Liqour Store, Junxion, Heart & Crown - to name a few. You can check out this site to see if they'd appeal to you.

http://www.ottawakiosk.com/bars.html

By the way, we live on the Quebec side and they don't care for the bars in Hull at all - tend to be a much younger crowd (17-18 year old)

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7. Re: Ottawa for Victoria Day Long weekend

If you enjoy discovering new music, it is always worth checking out Les lundis de la chanson at Brasseurs du Temps in Gatineau. They often have interesting performers and offer a nice contrast to some of the louder bars.

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8. Re: Ottawa for Victoria Day Long weekend

Heart & Crown is great

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9. Re: Ottawa for Victoria Day Long weekend

If you don't want to drive all the way to Beachburg, you could try arranging a kayak lesson in town with "MKC in the City" - Although I don't know how far in advance you'd have to arrange this, or even if they're doing it yet this year. If you guys are into outdoorsy stuff, another fun thing to do is rent some bikes and explore the bike paths - the path out to Aylmer Marina is a nice afternoon trip, with nice scenery, a couple of beaches, and you can grab a beer at the Marina as well.

For nightlife for guys your age, agree that the Byward Market and Hull are fun destinations. Hull especially because it's a bit different - Nightlife in the Market is probably not too different from Kitchener (but still fun!). Also, if you're into beer, try Brasseurs du Temps (in Hull) or Mill Street Brewpub (on the Ottawa side). The Parliament tour is cool, as are the War Museum, National Gallery and Museum of Civilization.

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10. Re: Ottawa for Victoria Day Long weekend

Forgot to mention - another fun place to go if you are outdoorsy guys is Gatineau Park - There are some good hiking trails and beaches in the Meech Lake part of the park.