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Ottawa, Canada in mid-July

Anyone have lodging or dining options? We've been before about 20 years ago with children but will be there now for our anniversary and to flee the heat and humidity of North Carolina at that time.


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It seems it would be a little cooler than NC, so come on up! If over a weekend there is always some sort of festival or other going on. Here's the calendar website to watch
You know how it is, if you are local, you don't tend to pay attention to lodgings. I also rarely eat down town...and am not much of a foodie, so can't help much. I would suggest, however, that you don't plan for a car. There is a local bus from the airport into town ($3.50 cash each), or if not fast enough for you, Uber, Lyft or taxi service the airport.
There is so much to do in the central city either by foot or local bus. If you are lucky, our new light rail may be up and running. It was supposed to start in September, then November...and now projected to be July. Who knows, but if it is running it will save a lot of downtown congestion.
As it is your anniversary, you could consider staying in the largest log cabin in (the world?) North America - Chateau Montebello. For that, you would need a car as it is on the Quebec side of the river and an hour or so away. It would be cooler there as well as the 'concrete jungle' effect won't impact the heat.

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Or if you want to be right in the heart of things, there’s the Chateau Laurier, a stone’s throw from Parliament Hill, the National Gallery, Byward Market, etc. Also the Westin across the street from the Chateau. There are lots of hotels in downtown Ottawa, it all depends on how much you want to spend.

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We stayed at the Lord Elgin hotel year before last. It is an elegant, old style hotel and we enjoyed our stay. Walking distance to most places of interest.

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Ottawa is really hot in mid July. Like 30 degrees plus which is 86F. Or higher. That said, Ottawa is fantastic in the summer. You'll want to stay in the downtown core. Along with those mentioned, check out Albert at Bay, Delta, Marriott. All are fantastic walkable locations. You don't need a car if you're staying in the downtown core. Uber is great here.