The Best Bed and Breakfasts in Ottawa, Canada

La Villa Rivermead will wow you the moment you set eyes on it
La Villa Rivermead will wow you the moment you set eyes on it | Courtesy of La Villa Rivermead / Expedia
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15 January 2021

Boat rides on the Rideau Canal, tours of Parliament Hill, encounters with the iconic Royal Canadian Mounted Police, or Mounties… Canada’s capital city is full of unique adventures. First, book into a great B&B – we’ve rounded up some of the finest in town. Now head out to admire works by Canada’s celebrated Group of Seven painters at the National Gallery; or stock up on edible delights at ByWard Market. You can’t really say you’ve been to Ottawa until you’ve eaten a beaver tail (relax, it’s a deep-fried pastry).

Ashbury House, Glebe

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Ashbury House B&B, Glebe, Ottowa
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Fragrant apple pie and freshly brewed tea are part of the warm welcome at Ashbury House, an antique-filled historical home within walking distance of the snaking Rideau Canal. It has just four characterful rooms, plus one family-size apartment with a dining area and balcony, and there’s an intimate, familial feel. Breakfast? Blueberry pancakes or asparagus omelettes, served up on an elegant, polished wood table.

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Ambassador, Sandy Hill

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Ambassador B&B, Sandy Hill, Ottowa
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Its prime location – steps from the Rideau River and an easy stroll from restaurant-lined ByWard Market and Parliament Hill – is a major draw. But this B&B also has character, from its half-timbered exterior to its climbing roses. Set on a leafy street surrounded by embassies (including those of Russia, Switzerland and Kenya), it puts you right in the capital’s political heart. Borrow the free bikes and you can zip about Ottawa’s many sights with ease.

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Auberge McGee’s Inn, Sandy Hill

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Auberge McGee’s Inn, Sandy Hill, Ottowa
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Oozy eggs benedict smothered in hollandaise sauce; home-made crêpes with plenty of pure maple syrup; mellow Kona coffee from Hawaii… However you like your brekkie, you’ll enjoy the spread on offer in McGee’s sun-splashed parlor room. Ask the owners to fill you in on the colorful history of the 1886 property – featuring both a founding father and famous hockey player – before you bed down in one of 14 comfy bedrooms, prettied up with Victorian touches.

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La Villa Rivermead, Gatineau

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La Villa Rivermead, Gatineau, Ottowa
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This B&B on the Gatineau – or Quebecois – side of the city, decorated with a grand-columned clapboard exterior, will wow you the moment you set eyes on it. With views to the Laurentian Mountains, beloved by both skiers and hikers, and a setting among a smattering of golf courses, it’s dreamy for an active break. Rooms burst with fun splashes of color, including checkered blue and yellow duvets and, depending which space you stay in, a hot-pink bathtub.

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Rideau Inn, Golden Triangle

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Rideau Inn, Golden Triangle, Ottowa
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Upbeat restaurants and lively bars are on your doorstep in the Golden Triangle, a district just south of postcard-perfect Parliament Hill. Yet the Edwardian Rideau Inn channels a relaxed, homey vibe: with its cushy leather sofas, potted plants and soft lighting, it’s an escape from the full-on thrills of city sightseeing. Each room is different, although all include a daily all-you-can-eat breakfast and access to a lounge space stuffed with books.

Moonstone Manor Bed and Breakfast

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Moonstone Manor Bed & Breakfast, Ottowa
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If you’re looking to explore the great outdoors that Canada excels at, consider this homey B&B, driving distance from Ottawa’s city center. With polished floors, patterned rugs and historic knick-knacks, the ambience is that of a refined great aunt’s home. This mood extends to its three rooms, complete with wicker porch furniture, Tiffany-style lamps and sturdy timber beds. The hosts are happy to point you towards the best local restaurants or the popular nearby outlet mall.

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  • The Century House Bed and Breakfast, Sandy Hill

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    The Century House Bed and Breakfast, Sandy Hill, Ottowa
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    With four classic suites of paisley print bedspreads and dark-wood headboards, this grand old brick house – complete with double-decker balcony – provides an elegant base for your Ottawa holiday. Vintage sofas and a gramophone in the lounge enhance the period drama, but step out the door and you’re thrust back into modernity – after all, you’re mere minutes from the University of Ottawa campus and the busy ByWard Market.

    Kokomo Inn

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    Kokomo Inn, Ottowa
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    Canada’s capital straddles the border between two provinces, Ontario and Quebec, and this gîte touristique sits on the Quebecois side of the Ottawa River, gazing across to Ontario’s Rockcliffe Park. It’s a great pick for those who love the outdoor lifestyle, with plenty of cycle paths on your doorstep, plus a spacious garden and the beauty of Parc de la Baie nearby. Expect a well-stocked breakfast bar and the opportunity, on sunny mornings, to dine on the terrace overlooking the water and nesting geese.

    King Edward, Sandy Hill

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    King Edward B&B, Ottowa
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    An enthusiastic hello from goldendoodle Sandy is just one thing you’ll love about this central B&B, which inhabits an exceptionally well-kept Victorian building, complete with turret. Soaring ceilings, stained-glass windows and pretty heritage archways make this one of the city’s finest heritage stays, augmented by the lush array of plants – including a towering palm – Tiffany-style lamps and framed sketches. Visit in spring for an impressive display of tulips, when the whole front yard is awash with rainbows.

    Bella Notte, Sandy Hill

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    History buffs will love the pedigree of this house, constructed for Sir Alexander Campbell, one of Canada’s Fathers of Confederation. It was built in 1868, but don’t expect stale interiors: the owners have struck the perfect balance between heritage features – exposed brick, marbled fireplace – and modern comforts, with bedrooms starring updated bathrooms and stylish bedside reading lamps. A breakfast of organic eggs comes with a side of host Oscar’s live jazz piano.

    These recommendations were updated on January 15, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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