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The Château Laurier National Historic Site of Canada is an early-20th-century hotel located across from the Former Union Railway station in downtown Ottawa, Ontario. It sits atop the banks of the Ottawa River, overlooking both the river and the Rideau Canal. The Château Laurier, built between 1908 and 1912, was the first in a series of hotels constructed by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Company (GTPR) to encourage tourists to travel its transcontinental routes.
From Québec to Victoria, these Château-style hotels can be found near the railway stations in their urban environment, often in a dramatic location. The Château-style vocabulary used by the railway hotels evolved as a distinctly Canadian architectural type, and came to symbolize fine hotel accommodation.
When the Château style began to evolve into a distinctly ‘national’ style of architecture, the physical proximity of the Château Laurier to the seat of the federal government led the hotel to serve as a model for the style.
Ottawa's Castle is ready to welcome you. Fairmont Château Laurier is located in the center of Downtown Ottawa, and is minutes away from its biggest attractions including: The Parliament Buildings, Byward Market, National Gallery of Canada, Shaw Center, and the National Arts Centre, and overlooking Rideau Canal.
According to Guinness World Records, the Rideau Canal is the world’s largest naturally frozen ice rink is in Canada’s backyard. Ottawa boasts an ice surface that’s the equivalent to 90 Olympic-sized rinks. Say what?
Measuring in at a knee-wobbling 7.8 km long, the picture perfect Rideau Canal Skateway winds past Canada’s Parliament Buildings and the majestic Chateau Laurier Hotel. The Skateway is open in January through to March, weather permitting.
Located in the heart of Canada's capital next door to the Parliament Buildings, the landmark Fairmont Château Laurier is a magnificent limestone edifice with turrets and masonry reminiscent of a French château.
Treat yourself to a visit to Wilfrid’s Restaurant or the recently renovated Zoe’s. We have an option for everyone, whether you're looking for a fine dining experience, or a great place to simply grab a drink - from late night lounging, to Afternoon Tea, we have you completely covered.
As one of Canada's most recognized landmarks built in 1912, Fairmont Château Laurier has been hosting meetings, conferences and events for more than a century. Offering an experience few can rival, in an unparalleled setting, your meeting at the Castle will be a seamless one for you and an unforgettable one for your guests.