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Ottawa Social Programs

Every meeting planner has the goal of planning a successful conference with memorable experiences that will leave a lasting impression in delegates’ minds.  We hope these “Top 20” suggestions will help you plan exciting programs for everyone coming to your event, and will convince them to extend their stay by taking in all that Ottawa has to offer.
  1. Plan a special event or dinner train on board the Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam Train as it travels along the Gatineau River to Wakefield
  2. Book a private room at the Casino du Lac Leamy overlooking the scenic Lake Leamy for dinner
  3. Organize a group activity at the Corel Centre – take in a musical performance, watch a hockey game or get onto the ice yourself
  4. Organize a walking tour of the beautiful and historic downtown basilicas and churches, sculptures and monuments
  5. Co-ordinate a walking/shopping tour of the By Ward Market including lunch and discounts at various retailers
  6. Combine a backstage tour of the National Arts Centre with lunch overlooking the Rideau Canal – or take in a performance after dinner in a private function room
  7. Let Quintessential Ottawa help your group discover the artists, gardens and art that make Ottawa a unique cultural destination
  8. Learn culinary tricks at Le Cordon Bleu Paris Cooking School, North America’s only, which offers demonstrations and practical cooking classes
  9. Explore the historic countryside and picturesque nearby towns on day trip outings with Rocks and Trees Travel
  10. Check our events calendar to co-ordinate a social activity in conjunction with one of our many festivals, sporting or special events
  11. Co-ordinate a golf tournament at one of many beautiful courses in the region
  12. Go whitewater rafting to experience the raging Ottawa River - or for a gentler ride, consider the float trip option
  13. Try downhill skiing within a 15-30 minute drive from downtown Ottawa, or sample some of Canada’s finest cross-country skiing in Gatineau Park
  14. Have a skating party on the Rideau Canal, the world’s longest skating rink, and snack on a Beavertail!
  15. “Let your hair down” at one of our high-tech game facilities, Cyber Dome or Laser Quest
  16. Plan a trip to the RCMP Stables to get up close to the world-renowned horses from the Musical Ride, and take in a practice 
  17. Create a special shopping experience for your group at Holt Renfrew where they will open the shop after-hours, with cocktails, specifically for you
  18. Organize a dine-a-round in the By Ward Market, along Elgin Street, or Preston Street where there are clusters of restaurants to select 
  19. Plan a themed evening:  “country & western” dinner and entertainment at the Lone Star Ranch, or a maple menu at Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush, Wheeler’s Pancake and Sugar Camp, or Sand Road Sugar Camp.
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