Things To Do In Ottawa

Sandman Signature Ottawa Airport Hotel is located in a distinctly welcoming destination surrounded by the abundance of things to do and see in Ottawa. To enhance your stay, we have compiled a local guide of nearby attractions and activities to thrill every member of your family.

Rideau Canal

If you’re staying with us at Sandman Signature Ottawa Airport Hotel, you have to make time for a skate or walk on the Rideau Canal—as it becomes the world’s longest skating rink during the winter. In fact, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is known worldwide, and it’s only 15 minutes from the hotel. 

Parliament Hill

Historic and iconic Parliament Hill is where Canada’s elected Members of Parliament come together to govern. First constructed in 1859, these incredible buildings have withstood the test of time, including a massive fire and reconstruction. The grounds are a tour in themselves, and building tours are available as well. Make the 21-minute drive from Sandman Signature Ottawa Airport Hotel to see them for yourself.

Landsdowne Live and TD Place

If you seek a bit of sports history, as well as catching a game when the season is on, make the quick 9.9 km trip from Sandman Signature Ottawa Airport Hotel to the 40-acre Lansdowne Park. This is a place where people from all over the city and surrounding area come together to relax and play, with some even heading to TD Place to watch the 2016 Grey Cup Champion Ottawa REDBLACKS of the CFL.

Canadian Museums

Whether you’re in Ottawa for business or leisure, some of the country’s best museums and galleries are only 20-to-30 minutes from Sandman Signature Ottawa Airport Hotel. Notable venues include the National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Aviation & Space Museum, Bank of Canada Museum, Canadian War Museum, Canadian Museum of Nature, and the much-talked-about Diefenbunker Museum. 

RBC Bluesfest

A highlight of summer events in Ottawa is definitely the RBC Bluesfest, ranked as one of the world’s top-10 outdoor music festivals by Billboard Magazine. You too can be one of the 30,000 music fans to attend this event and take in some of the 200 performing acts. It’s a quick 13 km commute from Sandman Signature Ottawa Airport Hotel to its venue at LeBreton Flats. 

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival

The downtown core, just 20 minutes from Sandman Signature Ottawa Airport Hotel, comes to musical life with the highly popular TD Ottawa Jazz Festival. With stages set up all across the city, catch big performances on outdoor stages as well as more intimate concerts indoors at local galleries, theatres, and restaurants. 

Canada Day, July 1st

If you’re lucky enough to be staying with us over Canada Day on July 1, then you’re in for the most popular annual party down at historic Parliament Hill, as over 50,000 Canadians and visitors from across the country come together in the heart of the nation’s capital for the biggest birthday celebration around. Head just 20 minutes from Sandman Signature Ottawa Airport Hotel to take in all the live entertainment, family fun, and an incredible fireworks show. 

Canadian Tire Centre

When you’re in the nation’s capital, be sure you go watch the Ottawa Senators of the NHL play a game. We’re happy to point you in the right direction of the Canadian Tire Centre, which is a quick 21-minute drive from Sandman Signature Ottawa Airport Hotel.

Canadian Tulip Festival

The annual 10-day Canadian Tulip Festival is held with historic significance in mind. This festival of friendship celebrates the gift of 10,000 tulip bulbs from the Dutch Royal family as a thank-you for efforts by Canadian soldiers to liberate citizens of the Netherlands during the Second World War. And you may not know this, but Dutch Princess Margriet is the only royal personage ever born in Canada (Ottawa) during the Second World War. If you want to attend this festival, it’s a quick 20-minute drive downtown from Sandman Signature Ottawa Airport Hotel.

Bayshore Shopping Centre

The National Capital Region boasts a must-see shopping experience when you’re in the city, staying with us at Sandman Signature Ottawa Airport Hotel. With almost 8 million visitors annually, Bayshore Shopping Centre is one of the busiest around.