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06-25-2011, 06:17 PM
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Places in Ottawa/ Kanata

Hey all, I come in peace. My dad and I are planning to take the 8 hour drive from NJ to Ottawa to attend the game on January 2nd. If you all would be so kind, where are the best places to stay and eat in the area? Also, what are some nice bars in the area? (Love Canada's drinking age lol)

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nicest hotel close to our rink is the brookstreet hotel.

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nicest hotel close to our rink is the brookstreet hotel.
Yeah, I think that's where visiting teams usually stay when they play on Ottawa. As you can imagine, its quite the pricey place to stay.

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thanks for the link. one more question: how much are upper level seating?

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There is a recently built Holiday Inn, that's much closer to the arena than the Brookstreet Hotel. It's about a 5 minute drive from the Holiday Inn to the rink.

http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/...ow/hoteldetail

The Holiday Inn is also located in a large shopping/bar/restaurant area called Kanata Centrum, which will give you plenty of dining/drinking options within walking distance of the hotel.

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thanks for the link. one more question: how much are upper level seating?
The market for a New Jersey game shouldn't be too high. I think they were written in as a bronze level game. The best way to get tickets, in my opinion, is through the fan ticket exchange. You'll be able to get some as the season starts. Season ticket holders who can't make the game post up their seats and how much they want for them. You can get some nice deals. Last year I got two Penguins Senators seats in row B of the 300L for $60 each. Silver game, seats right at the blue line and right near bathrooms and concession stands.

Before the pre game warm up you can take the stairs down from the 200L/300L to the 100L and wait at the tunnel for the Devils to come out for the pre game skate. Most of the visiting fans come and do that. You may be questioned by the sections usher, but if you explain that you just want to see the warm up you should be fine. If not try it on a different usher and walk over to the tunnel.

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Stay downtown and try to find a bar that has a shuttle. There are plenty. Unless you don't mind the idea of hanging around a bunch of strip malls which is all Kanata is.

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Yeah I'd agree with that statement, stay at a hotel in the downtown core as there are better bars and places to see in that area, and you can just bus to the game.

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yep, staying downtown is a lot better. Kanata is a suburd that goes to sleep early where as down town you're goo till about 2-3am.

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I work at Ottawa's best hotel, the Chateau Laurier and we are helpful to guests who need to find their way around town. Unfortunately SBP is in Kanata which is no where near downtown Ottawa, and is a desolate suburb with nothing of interest to do or visit.

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I wouldn't call it desolate. It's a suburban residential area with a few hundred strip malls and chain stores scattered about.

Definitely do not drive to the arena. If you can't find a bar with a shuttle, you can take the 400 series buses right from the Rideau Centre right to the rink as mentioned.

Ottawa is a nice, clean, relatively safe city. You shouldn't have any issues being in the downtown core at night.

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The Market at night is the best, there's always something open. Really depends what you are looking for, I work at a few bars, let me know what you are into. PM if you want guest list to somewhere.

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I would agree with staying downtown and catching a shuttle bus/one of the 400 series buses to Scotiabank Place. The bars downtown are A LOT better than the ones in Kanata. I remember watching the 2010 gold medal game in Kanata (I live there) and while me and my friends we're going absolutely crazy running through the streets, yelling, cheering etc. after we won it seemed like no one else really cared. Big mistake not going downtown

Also, if you stay downtown you'll be within walking distance of the Rideau Canal which is always fun to go for a skate there... it's not guaranteed to be opened by Jan. 2nd, as I don't think there is a set date it opens every year, it just depends on whenever the ice is ready to skate on if I'm not mistaken. I remember it opened on New Years Day a couple years ago, so I'd recommend looking more into it as the time draws closer. Even if you don't skate, it's still a blast.

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I would agree with staying downtown and catching a shuttle bus/one of the 400 series buses to Scotiabank Place. The bars downtown are A LOT better than the ones in Kanata. I remember watching the 2010 gold medal game in Kanata (I live there) and while me and my friends we're going absolutely crazy running through the streets, yelling, cheering etc. after we won it seemed like no one else really cared. Big mistake not going downtown

Also, if you stay downtown you'll be within walking distance of the Rideau Canal which is always fun to go for a skate there... it's not guaranteed to be opened by Jan. 2nd, as I don't think there is a set date it opens every year, it just depends on whenever the ice is ready to skate on if I'm not mistaken. I remember it opened on New Years Day a couple years ago, so I'd recommend looking more into it as the time draws closer. Even if you don't skate, it's still a blast.
Remember it's always better to skate with the wind.

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I work at Ottawa's best hotel, the Chateau Laurier and we are helpful to guests who need to find their way around town. Unfortunately SBP is in Kanata which is no where near downtown Ottawa, and is a desolate suburb with nothing of interest to do or visit.
I would not call it desolate there is things to do but i agree downtown is far better.

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I would not call it desolate there is things to do but i agree downtown is far better.
Yeah I meet Centrum area is ok, for O'cons and Crazy Horse but for the most part it's boring.

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I work at Ottawa's best hotel, the Chateau Laurier and we are helpful to guests who need to find their way around town. Unfortunately SBP is in Kanata which is no where near downtown Ottawa, and is a desolate suburb with nothing of interest to do or visit.
Hey! That's.... ah, you're right.

I agree with everyone recommending you stay downtown (or close to it). Coming to Ottawa to stay in Kanata is like watching porn for the storyline.

Not sure what your budget is, but if you stay at the Westin, you can grab a bus to the game ($3.25 each way), and walk from your room to the heated bus stop without ever setting foot outside. That's a bonus in January.

For bars, I always recommend Pub Italia in Little Italy. You can also grab a meal there (the food isn't anything special, but it's definitely not terrible either, and it's decent value for the money), but the star of the show there is the 250+ beers available, listed and described in their leather-bound "beer bible".

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Poor Kanata.

I would agree with all the 'stay downtown' people though, if you want some semblence of a night life. Being a federal government town, we aren't exactly known for our wild and crazy side! lol I read somewhere once that "Ottawa is not where fun goes to die, but where fun goes to settle down once it has kids".

If you come for a few days, Ottawa is an exceptional city culturally, with our architecture (Parliament Hill), National Museums (War museum, Museum of Civilization, Museum of Nature), and also art galleries (National Gallery of Canada) all being relatively close to each other downtown.

Hope you come and enjoy your stay!

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If you come for a few days, Ottawa is an exceptional city culturally, with our architecture (Parliament Hill), National Museums (War museum, Museum of Civilization, Museum of Nature), and also art galleries (National Gallery of Canada) all being relatively close to each other downtown.
We will also have Canada's largest Ikea

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We will also have Canada's largest Ikea
Wasn't that a condition of Alfie signing his last contract here? lol
mmmm, meatballs.....

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