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posted by: Best Western Plus Ottawa City Centre on: September 03, 2020
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This summer, the majority of people have stayed in their hometowns connecting with friends and family only through safe, social-distanced hangouts. While the circumstances aren't ideal, this summer's stay-at-home order presents a unique opportunity to rediscover your city with fresh eyes. 

Check out these spots to feel like a tourist in your own city. 


1000 Islands Helicopter Tours

Treat yourself to a once-in-a-lifetime experience and book a tour with the 1000 Islands Helicopter Tours. Get an eagle's eye view of the stunning 1000 Islands from sky high, overlooking the trees and water. The 1000 Islands is a collection of 1864 islands formed over 12,000 years ago, spanning a 50-mile radius along St. Lawrence River. Proper COVID-19 measures are in place to ensure guests have a safe flying experience, be sure to review safety policies before heading to your tour. 


Discover Chinatown

Most major cities have a Chinatown, and many take it for granted. Chinatown is renowned for being a multicultural community where you can find authentic and diverse food, clothing, drinks, and activities. Ottawa's Chinatown centers on Somerset Street West, between Centretown and Little Italy. It wasn't until after the First World War that Chinese immigrants began developing small businesses on Somerset Street West. After the Vietnamese refugee boom, the street turned into a haven for newcomers in the area. 

Today, a beautiful Gateway or Royal Arch marks the entrance to the vibrant Chinatown community. You can satisfy all Asian cuisine cravings, go to a drag queen karaoke nights, and much more. There's so much fun to enjoy and much to discover when you stroll through different neighbourhoods. 



The #MyOttawaPass is the best way to explore Ottawa's most popular attractions and activities at a discount. The pass is a passport filled with discounts and coupons to tourist destinations all over town. Get discounts to enter the Diefenbunker Museum, the top-secret underground bunker turned museum. Or, go OWL Rafting on the Ottawa River with $15 off your rafting trip. There are over 50 participating restaurants and businesses offering deals to get you exploring your city and supporting the local economy. Get your free #MyOttawaPass today! The pass is extended until September 7, 2020.


Who said summer at home isn't fun? Take this opportunity to enjoy your hometown while staying safe. We at Best Western Ottawa City Centre want you to know that Ottawa has much more to offer than meets the eye. Get out there and start exploring! 

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