About this listing
Stay here for proximity to everything; the Québecoise neighbourhood; breweries & restos; walk to festivals, the sites, park & rivers; cycling trails; VISA runs; non-stop public transit & the night life! A cute flat inside the ugly duckling building.
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 60Mbps down/10Mbps up)
Parking for one car may be available (there is free street parking on evenings and weekends, plenty of paid-lots 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 $6 at multiple places - I recommend Chez Barbe.
Interaction with Guests
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.
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.
VeloGo (Vélopartage/Bikeshare) returns in June...hopefully!
Taxi cab - the Ottawa airport (YOW) is about $40, 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.
Other Things to Note
The oven is only good for simple things like frozen pizza and cookies. The stove top has only 2 elements. Although there is an electric frying pan, panini grill and rice cooker.
There is no air conditioning, summers get hot here and the old apartment, even stocked with fans, does not cool down in a heat wave (overnight temperatures can be above 20°C).
1. No Smoking, anything
2. Quiet hours 11pm-7am
3. Please remove your shoes
4. Please limit your gatherings to less than 4 people.
5. It's illegal in Canada to download pirated digital content - the authorities come after you quite easily.
From Aug 15 - Dec 31, 2016 the minimum stay is 3 nights.
Traveling from the capital city of Canada and originating from the south coast of British Columbia, I seek mountains, forests, wildlife, inspiring views, warm sand, hot sun, waves, sunsets, the up north, architecture, art, great food, interesting people and society.
Traveling is a bit of a sport for me. I like extremes - I've slept alone in a hammock on an isolated Caribbean island beach for 5 days - catching fish and eating coconuts to survive; I also very much enjoy 5 stars of luxury ;-)
I'm a happy and friendly person, considerate, tidy, and always excited to meet new people. Here in Ottawa I go to all sorts of concerts, festivals, poetry readings, museums and galleries, restaurants, bars, chipwagons (poutine!); I dabble with art, play sports, jog, cycle, watch hockey and movies, read, party; I travel a lot and my families are from all over the world.