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Ottawa and Quebec City Airports Named Best in North America

Ottawa International Airport (Photo: morethanreal)

Ottawa International Airport was rated the top North American airport and the Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport was rated the best regional airport in North America in the Airports Council International’s annual Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards. (more…)

5 Ottawa Lunch Picks Perfect for Winter

Fraser Café (Photo by fieldtripp)

We’ve been following Ottawa Magazine’s online weekly lunch picks of the best places for a midday meal this winter. If you’re visiting our nation’s capital, try these restaurants that received glowing reviews: (more…)

Hot Date: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

A still from the film "Sfinga."

Jan. 23 and 24. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour travels across the world, hitting 32 different countries and presenting audiences with films on exploration and adventure, culture and environment, and winter sports. Programming for each stop on the tour is tailored to suit each and every locale, meaning the experience is never the same. Besides the beautiful cinematography, the joy of this yearly film fest is that you get the experience of climbing a mountain without having to leave your seat!

Ottawa’s WinterBites Begins Today

Enjoy a sexy dinner at Kinki Asian-Fusion Restaurant during WinterBites.

Winter in Ottawa “bites” less this year, thanks to a new food event, WinterBites, launching today and running through January 28.

What better way to ward off the nip of a central Ontario winter than by tucking into a gourmet three-course meal—at appetizing prices, no less? (more…)

Hot Attraction: Exploring the Stately Parliament Hill

The Hall of Honour is just one of the historic sites you'll see in guided tours of Parliament Hill. Photo credit: Copyright Library of Parliament / Mone Cheng.

Still got visitors in town? Take them to Parliament Hill for an inside look at this Canadian landmark (and iconic Ottawa site). Enjoy free guided tours of Centre Block, which is home to the Hall of Honour (featured), the Senate, the House of Commons, and the Library of Parliament. Explore the role of the country’s national legislature, as well as its rich history and architecture, and be sure sure to check out “The Games: A Moment of Pride” in the Library of Parliament. This  Olympic display showcases a pair of torches and two sets of medals that were gifted to the Canadian people to commemorate the success of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. See website for holiday schedule.

To Eat Southern, Go North: Ottawa’s Newest BBQ Joint

Photo by Shawna Wagman

Ottawa’s brand-new Fatboys Southern Smokehouse, opened last week, serves up American-style slow-cooked Southern barbecue and all the fixin’s (fried green tomatoes included) in the Byward Market shopping and dining district.

These days, it seems the city has its choice of pulled pork, brisket and coleslaw, with the SmoQue Shack barbecue joint just a few doors down.

Who knew Canada’s capital city was so southern?

See the full story at OttawaMagazine.com.

Ottawa’s 5 Best Bets for Tourtière

Photo by Jack Letourneau

At this time of year, comfort food is on the menu across Canada: the season demands it. French-speaking Canada, in particular, has a knack for concocting the perfect heart-warming rustic fare, like poutine, cretons and—not least of all—tourtière, a savoury mince-meat pie with dashes of cinnamon and cloves.

With equal French and English influences, Ottawa understandably has plenty of worthy contenders for the best tourtière in town.

Hop over to OttawaMagazine.com for their five favourite places for tourtière in Canada’s capital city.

Hot Art: Ottawa in Images

This autumn scene is a familiar Chinatown sight. Photo credit: "Nanny Goat Hill (at Empress)" by Jay Anderson.

Sometimes art can create a distance between the viewer and the subject being portrayed. The opposite is true in the “Simply Ottawa” series by Jay Anderson, which draws people into scenes with familiar Ottawa landmarks, such as the Champlain Lookout, the Rideau River, Hog’s Back Falls, and Chinatown (featured). After three years in the works, Anderson’s exhibit will be on view at Foyer Gallery starting tomorrow, Nov. 16, and running until Dec. 4.

Remembrance National Ceremony in Ottawa, Ontario

Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination taken by one of our readers.

Photo by Greg Kolz (Michael Ignatieff/Flickr CC)

Why we chose it: Today is Remembrance Day in Canada. This photo incorporates nearly everything there is to experience at the official Remembrance Day Ceremony in the nation’s capital: buglers, bagpipers and soldiers in formation. The photographer shows off an amazing command of depth of field and captures a soothing nice colour palette in an event that’s usually a sea of red uniforms. A poignant image befitting a somber event.

Want to be featured in our Photo Friday? Join our Flickr Group and upload your favourite travel shots! We’ll credit you and link to your photo.

Hot Date: One Night Only Extreme Sports Film

Chris Davenport shredding Portillo in Chile. Photo credit: Mike Arzt.

Oct. 27. Fresh powder, crystal blue skies, and not a soul in sight. This is the magical, adrenalin-fuelled world of Warren Miller‘s 62nd annual winter sports film Like There’s No Tomorrow (see trailer here). Follow world-class athletes Chris Davenport, Julia Mancuso, Daron Rahlves, Colby West, and Seth Wescott as they hit the slopes in five continents, from Squaw Valley in the U.S. to the Himalayas in Gulmarg, India. This is high-def sports cinema at its finest, narrated by Olympic Gold Medalist skier Jonny Moseley. The film is making its way across the country as part of the 2011 Canadian tour, which offers a jaw-dropping look at some of the world’s most legendary winter landscapes, and the people who dream of conquering this beautiful terrain. The film will be screened on Thursday night only at Centrepointe Theatre.

Hot Date: Sens and the City

The crowd comes alive at Scotiabank Place. Photo credit: Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/OSHC.

Tuesday, Oct. 11. With a new season comes new hope as the Ottawa Senators introduce a batch of fresh young faces to the line-up, just in time for the 20th anniversary of the modern franchise. Led by captain Daniel Alfredsson and superstar Jason Spezza, the team will be looking to make their mark this year. With new coach Paul MacLean behind the bench, goalie Craig Anderson between the posts, and All-Star Erik Karlsson on the ice, you’re definitely going to want to catch a game this season. We suggest their first regular season home game, which sees the Sens face off against the Minnesota Wild (also know as Dany Heatley’s new team), meaning it’s going to be one that really gets the fans going. All together now: Go Sens go!

Weekend Reading List

Here you have it: this week’s most popular stories from our sister sites at St. Joseph Media. This weekend, stay up all night for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, dress to impress for winter, and settle in with a good book—or take one on the road!

TorontoLife.com: What to hit and what to skip at the annual Nuit Blanche art-stravaganza, on Saturday night till sunup Sunday.

FashionMagazine.com: Gadding about the Great White North this winter? Do it in style with one of these 30 great winter coats.

CanadianFamily.ca: Bob Marley’s daughter has written a new children’s book based on his song “One Love.”

OttawaMagazine.com: Female chefs at six of Ottawa’s hottest restaurants dish on the city’s food scene and discuss the culinary battle of the sexes.

20minutesupperclub.com: Prosciutto-wrapped chicken with asparagus in 20 minutes? Read it to believe it.

WeddingBells.ca: Flower season has bloomed and gone—Wedding Bells comes to the rescue with 21 flower-less bouquets.

Quillandquire.com: Homework is overrated; turn the kids onto these new fall books for young people instead.

Torontoist.com: Have your say in the naming of six new Toronto subway stations. (Write-ins allowed.)