Stay here for its proximity to everything; the Québecoise neighbourhood; walking distance to the best festivals; park space; access to the rivers; cycling trails; the oysters at Le Brut; VISA runs; non-stop public transit; and the night life!
The Sunroom, aka Musée de Stas - 98 sq. ft.
South-facing windows and a radiator spanning the entire wall. This bedroom is decorated with interesting pieces and oddities - by its previous inhabitant - that will keep your wandering eye occupied for hours. Small desk & chair also included. This room gets real warm, so don't pack your flannels!
Want a third person? There's sufficient space on the floor.
This second-floor, one-hundred year old, 975 sq ft (91m sq) apartment is getting some love and attention. The outside needs a helping hand and hopefully we'll have fun outdoor space ready to go next summer!
3 bedrooms, one bathroom, kitchen, living room and sun/dining room.
Wi-Fi (up to 30Mbps down/10Mbps up)
Parking for one car included (there is free evening and weekend street and a paid-lot parking too)
The kitchen is equipped with a stovetop, oven, fridge, and small appliances like a panini grill, rice cooker, coffee bean grinder, and kettle
Not into cooking? There's lots of restaurants around here. AND, a hot Québecoise breakfast is served for about $5 at multiple places - I recommend Chez Barbe.
I've got extra ice skates, and other recreational tools you may bring to the park - just ask!
I speak English, et un peu de français et espagnol. I've got a degree in business & politics; working in marketing, tourism & hospitality; and I like to have fun, of course!
I'm happy to host, and if I can make the time I'd love to show you around, share a meal, or at least a drink! Let me know ahead of time if you'd like to hang out; I know this city and have grown to love this city.
My roommate is awesome, her name is Vickie and she's from Montréal.
A short walk from Canada's most-visited museum - the Museum of History - this apartment is nestled in the oldest non-indigeneous settlement of the national capital region. Vieux-Hull has countless restaurants, bars, dated & cheap taverns; dépanneurs (alcohol-loaded corner stores); urban parks with sports fields, ice sheets, courts, and pools; a paved trail network over 100km long; BIXI bikes only four blocks away (warm months only); a handful of grocers within a few blocks; and we're situated between two rivers and a canal easily accessible within minutes from the front door. Oh ya! There's also the casino, a small underground mall two blocks away, indoor sports fields & courts, and the War Museum at LeBreton Flats are a 15min walk, and at least three micro-brew pubs just around the corner!
Originally settled by English immigrants in 1800, today Vieux-Hull is 80% francophone. Although nearly everyone is bilingual, especially in the service sector, anglophone visitors will get a bit more of a cultural experience on this side of the Ottawa River.
Everything fun seems to be open later in Vieux-Hull and welcomes more people into their establishments than in Ontario - 18 is considered an adult, bottoms up! There's one resto-bar around the corner that does not close its kitchen before 1am! :-) And bars are generally open until 3am.
OTTAWA, THE NATION'S CAPITAL
Only a 20min walk across one of the bridges, or a quick zip with the BIXI bikeshare or a taxi cab, you will find all the major tourist attractions within a 10-35 minute walk.
There's A LOT going on in the national capital region all year round, here's a list of our favourites. Also, Thursday nights from 5-8pm, most nationally-accredited museums and galleries offer free entrance and discounted rates for special/travelling exhibitions.
March - Irish Festival, Home & Garden Show
April - Farmers markets and BIXI bikes return
May - Tulip Festival, Ottawa Race Weekend, FestiBiere (Beer Fest)
June - Franco-Ontarien Festival, Westfest, Italian Week, Dragonboat Fest, Summer Solstice, Aboriginal International Arts Festival, Festival L'Outaouais en fête, Fringe Fest, Jazz Fest, Ottawa Explosion, Rib Fest
July - Canada Day, Light Shows, Fireworks, Jazz Fest, HOPE Volleyball Tournament Festival
August - Blues Fest, Hot Air Balloon Festival
September - Writers Festival, Nuit Blanche, Taste of Wellington, Animation Festival, Imagine Eddy, festival culturel de Gatineau
October - Oktoberfest, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Parliament returns
November - Support Local Month, Food/Wine Show, Poutinefest, Santa Claus Parade, Christmas Farmers Markets
December - Festival of Lights, holiday choral concerts, Boxing Day
January - New Years, outdoor ice rinks return, Festi Beer
February - Winterlude Festival, Festibière, Winter Brewed Fest, Gatineau Loppet, Fashion Week, Sexapolooza, Lunar New Year
Public transit is extremely convienent with multiple lines in all directions into Ottawa, the airports, the universities and colleges, Gatineau Park, or west to Aylmer and east to les banlieus (suburbs) - the transit systems operate 24/7, but most service ends at about 1am.
Walking - the major tourist attractions include Parliament, the National Art Gallery, the Notre Damme Cathedral, National Arts Centre, the Rideau Canal and Winterlude festivities, the War Museum & Bluesfest, the Museum of Civilization/Candian History, Gatineau Park, Casino Lac Leamy & International Fireworks Competition, Château Laurier, Rideau Centre Mall, Byward Market, Rideau Hall, Royal Canadian Mint, Sparks Street, Elgin Street, etc.
BIXI biking - the public bikeshare system operates from April through November, (website hidden)
Taxi cab - the Ottawa airport (YOW) is about $35, pay with cash and save a few dollars. There are four taxi lay-ups near our place depending on the time of day: daytime surrounding Promenades de Portage (the big government office buliding) on Laval, Hôtel-de-Ville and Portage, and evenings on Laval.
Staying with Philip was really great and he is an exceptional host. It was the perfect mixture of feeling like you are in a hotel - and you are a flatmate. Philip was really helpful showing me around to shops, the public transport, and make suggestions for leisure time.
The room is quiet and even at -30 outside the heating keeps up. The place is ideally located for the Canadian Museum of Civilization and it is only a short bus ride to downtown Ottawa.
If or when I return to Ottawa, I would definitively love to stay with Philip again.
si vous devez vous loger près d'Ottawa,je vous recommande vivement d'aller chez Philip , dès notre arrivée on se sent comme à la maison ,c'est une personne très sympathique et accueillante,à qui vous pouvez faire confiance et avec qui vous pouvez avoir de vraies conversations . L'appartement est parfait,très bien situé et cosy ,j'y suis allée avec ma petite famille,il adore les enfants ,et vous prépare tous les matins des choses à faire sur la région.
My fiance and I's original accommodation fell through. Philip was so nice and was able to accommodate us last minute. He has such a lovely home!
Philip helped us with what to see in Ottawa and gave us tons of information of where to eat and do!
The host is very nice. The appartment is charming but one of the bedroom is a little bit tiny when you carry a big suitcase.
Phil & Stas were incredibly thoughtful hosts who set up a beautiful apartment for the six of us to stay in. The location is in a peaceful and quiet part of Gatineau and walking over to Ottawa is wonderful when the weather is great. You get a good view of the river and the cityline. Its close to a great diner, Chez Barbe and is walking distance from attractions and excellent brewpubs. Pity that we didnt have more chance for interaction.
Had a lovely time!
Philip and Stas were excellent hosts.
Seeing as we were running around visiting the town, we didn't get to cross paths with Philip until a day or two later, but each time we made it home we found little hand-written messages in our room... one of them even pointed us to some tasty fresh-made muffins!
Parking beside the Airbnb is headache-free, internet was good, neighborhood isn't loud, bathroom was nice and water pressure excellent, and location is great to visit the core of Ottawa and the Gatineau park area.
The place is simple on the outside but wonderful and welcoming on the inside.
All-around: would highly recommend.