Small Town Spotlight: Kanata, Ontario
Friday, April 11, 2014
Traveling should be about excitement, convenience, and new experiences. You’ll find all that and more when you stay in Kanata, Ontario, Canada. This small town is located just 20 minutes from downtown Ottawa, so you’ll have easy access to the best attractions, outdoor recreation, and nightlife the city has to offer while avoiding the busy city atmosphere. Take advantage of some of these itinerary ideas when you book your stay at the comfortable Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Ottawa West.
Canada is known for their hockey, and Kanata doesn’t disappoint. Throw on your favorite team’s jersey and head just a few minutes down the road to the Canadian Tire Center to watch the Ottawa Senators battle other NHL teams on the ice. You can also watch the women’s Ottawa Senators team and the annual Bell Capital Cup youth minor amateur ice hockey tournament play at the Bell Sensplex.
In between sporting events, you can tour some of the local museums and historic sites. Take a journey through 1,000 years of Canadian history at the Museum of Civilization and learn about one of Ottawa’s founding families at the Billings Estate National Historic Site. You can also view stunning art exhibits at the National Gallery of Canada and partake in the interactive exhibits at the Canada Science and Technology Museum.
There are many places to shop and dine in Kanata, but you must spend at least a day at The Byward Market, one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets, during your stay. This popular tourist attraction offers over 100 restaurants, 35 retail food stores, 23 nightlife and entertainment venues, nearly 20 boutiques, and much more! Be sure to wear comfortable shoes for this all-day excursion.
Finally, you can’t leave this Ottawa suburb without a few outdoor adventures. Depending on the season, you can enjoy boating, hiking, skating, or fishing on the Rideau Canal. The area is maintained by Canada’s Parks service and is arguably the most scenic and historic waterway in North America. If you’re traveling with the family, consider spending a day playing at Saunders Farm. Just try not to get lost in one of the amazing hedge mazes or spin out on the pedal cart track!
Kanata may be one of Ottawa’s fastest growing suburbs, but the charming atmosphere preserves its small-town feel. There are plenty of outdoor adventures and attractions to see by day and sporting events and nightlife to enjoy each night. We look forward to hearing about your trip over our free, hot breakfast each morning when you stay at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Ottawa West.