Travel

If you go to Ottawa

Neil Robertson

WHERE TO STAY

Arc the Hotel

140 Slater St., Ottawa

613-238-2888

www.arcthehotel.com

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Billed as “the only design hotel in Canada’s capital,” Arc’s rates start at $150 in the off-season. There are plenty of major chain hotels if you’re looking for something more familiar and less expensive, but Arc has the friendliest and most attentive staff I’ve ever met.

WHAT TO DO

Canadian War Museum

1 Vimy Place

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1-800-555-5621

www.warmuseum.ca

The idea of an afternoon at the Canadian War Museum may sound simultaneously violent and dull, but current exhibitions such as “Fighting in Flanders,” and “Gallipoli — Three Perspectives” are engaging and informative.

House of TARG

1077 Bank St.

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613-680-8274

www.houseoftarg.com

The finest, most original dive bar in Ottawa. Pierogi, pinball, and superb people-watching. If you’re sensitive to loud sounds, bring your earplugs for live shows. This is a can’t miss if you’re a member of the species known as hipster.

WHERE TO EAT

Supply and Demand Food

1335 Wellington St. West

613-680-2949

www.supplyanddemandfoods.ca

Start with the superb cocktails and stick to smaller portions of the entrees unless you’re a competitive eater. Consuming smaller amounts will also allow you to try a wider variety of the scallops, pasta, and lamb.

SuzyQ Doughnuts

991 Wellington St. West

613-724-2451

suzyq.ca

Allow yourself a chance to indulge in some of the local delicacies. Beaver tails are a given. But SuzyQ also needs to be at the top of your list. Your trip to Ottawa isn’t complete with a maple bacon doughnut.

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