WHERE TO STAY
Arc the Hotel
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
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.
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
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.
991 Wellington St. West
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.