The SpaceTHE APARTMENT
A two-storey walk-up apartment. About one-hundred years old with all the character flaws to show it, including kitchen cabinets that won't start shut, has its very rough original wood flooring downstairs and laminate upstairs. The exterior of the building will disappoint you, but the interior will charm you :-)
2 bedrooms (queen beds), a tiny den with a single bed, one tight bathroom upstairs, kitchen, living room, dining room, and a small covered wooden porch out back.
Two single blow up mattress and sleeping bags available upon request. Guest AccessWi-Fi (up to 60Mbps down/10Mbps up)
Parking for one car included (additional vehicles will can park on the street which is free overnight during the warm months, 90mins max during weekdays from 7h-18h).
The kitchen is equipped with a stovetop, oven, fridge, toaster, pots & pans, and settings for up to eight people.
Not into cooking? There's lots of restaurants around here. AND, a cheap hot Québecoise breakfast is served for about $6 at multiple places - I recommend Chez Barbe or a weekend brunch at Coqlicorne Bistro.
Iron and ironing board upstairs.
NO air conditioning, it can get quite warm here in the summer months.
If you need anything more, just ask - I may be able to arrange. Interaction with GuestsI speak English, et un peu de français et espagnol.
If possible, I'd like to welcome you and see you off. Otherwise, feel free to be in touch - I'm happy to help you plan your visit or show you around the neighbourhood. The NeighborhoodTHE NEIGHBHOURHOOD
A short walk from Canada's most-visited museum - the Museum of History - this apartment is nestled in the oldest non-indigeneous settlement of the national capital region. Vieux-Hull has countless restaurants, bars, dated & cheap taverns; dépanneurs (alcohol-loaded corner stores); urban parks with sports fields, ice sheets, courts, and pools; a paved trail network over 100km long; bike share only four blocks away (warm months only); a handful of grocers within a few blocks; and situated between two rivers and a canal easily accessible within minutes from the front door. Oh ya! There's also the casino, a small underground mall two blocks away, indoor sports fields & courts, and the War Museum at LeBreton Flats are a 15min walk, and at least three micro-brew pubs just around the corner!
Originally settled by English immigrants in 1800, today Vieux-Hull is 80% francophone. Although nearly everyone is bilingual, especially in the service sector, anglophone visitors will get a bit more of a cultural experience on this side of the Ottawa River.
Everything fun seems to be open later in Vieux-Hull and welcomes revelers as young as 18 into the bars, bottoms up! There's one resto-bar around the corner that does not close its kitchen before 1am! :-) And bars are generally open until 230am.
OTTAWA, THE NATION'S CAPITAL
Only a 20min walk across one of the bridges, or a quick zip with the bikeshare or a taxi cab, you will find all the major tourist attractions within a 10-40minute walk.
There's A LOT going on in the national capital region all year round, here's a list of our favourites. Also, Thursday nights from 430-8pm, most nationally-accredited museums and galleries offer free entrance and discounted rates for special/travelling exhibitions.
January - outdoor ice rinks return, Lunar New Year
February - Winterlude Festival, Festibière, Winter Brewed Fest, Gatineau Loppet, Fashion Week, Sexapolooza
March - Crashed Ice, Stanley Cup Tribute, Irish Festival, Home & Garden Show, Juno Fest
April - Farmers markets, Juno Awards
May - Tulip Festival, Victoria Day Festival, Ottawa Race Weekend, Hintonburg Happening, Brew Fest
June - Franco-Ontarien Festival, Westfest, Italian Week, Dragonboat Fest, Summer Solstice, Aboriginal International Arts Festival, Festival L'Outaouais en fête, Fringe Fest, Jazz Fest, Ottawa Explosion, Rib Fest
July - Canada Day, Light Shows, Fireworks, Jazz Fest, HOPE Volleyball Tournament Festival, Sky Lounge, La Machine
August - Blues Fest, Hot Air Balloon Festival
September - Writers Festival, Nuit Blanche, Taste of Wellington, Animation Festival, Imagine Eddy, festival culturel de Gatineau
October - Oktoberfest, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Parliament returns
November - Support Local Month, Food/Wine Show, Poutinefest, Santa Claus Parade, Christmas Farmers Markets, Grey Cup
December - Lights Across Canada, Video Game Awards, Boxing Day, NYE Getting AroundPUBLIC TRANSIT (download the Moovit App)
Public transit is extremely convienent with multiple lines in all directions into Ottawa, the airports, the universities and colleges, Gatineau Park, or west to Aylmer and east to les banlieus (suburbs) - the transit systems operate 24/7, but most service ends at about 1am.
Walking - the major tourist attractions include Parliament, the National Art Gallery, the Notre Damme Cathedral, National Arts Centre, the Rideau Canal and Winterlude festivities, the War Museum & Bluesfest, the Museum of Civilization/Candian History, Gatineau Park, Casino Lac Leamy & International Fireworks Competition, Château Laurier, Rideau Centre Mall, Byward Market, Rideau Hall, Royal Canadian Mint, Sparks Street, Elgin Street, etc.
VeloGo (Vélopartage/Bikeshare) operates April-November
Uber - $10+ to the Central Bus Station or Train Station, $17+ to the airport
Taxi cab - the Ottawa airport (YOW) is about $40, pay with cash and save a few dollars. There are four taxi lay-ups near our place depending on the time of day: daytime surrounding Promenades de Portage (the big government office buliding) on Laval, Hôtel-de-Ville and Portage, and evenings on Laval. Other Things to NoteThere's one colourful neighbour who will always surprise you with lots of chatter or a big, grumpy attitude - responding with respectfulness will usually diffuse either situation.