Canada Day at the Westin Hotel: 30 Years and Counting

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Although the Westin Hotel doesn’t officially celebrate its 30th birthday until October 12th, organizers are getting an early start with its traditional annual Canada Day festivities. And, with over 400 guests expected, the Air Canada sponsored event is sure to be a memorable one.

Having been born in Ottawa during the 80’s, the Westin has always been a part of the downtown landscape. Designed to connect to the Rideau Centre and former Ottawa Congress Centre (now the Ottawa Convention Center), the Westin Ottawa was most recently presented with a “Westin Hotel of the Year” award for 2012. In fact, it beat out 132 Westin hotels in North America.

We were recently invited to the Westin’s media launch for Canada Day in the Bonaventure Suite on the 23rd floor. It purports to be the best vantage point for the fireworks with a sweeping view of downtown and Parliament Hill. Guests will be able to enjoy the fireworks in comfort on the outdoor terrace.

Here’s an interesting tidbit: Did you know that the Westin Ottawa was the first Westin hotel in North America to go 100% smoke-free, back in 2002?

With a brand “dedicated to innovation,” Westin Ottawa is striving to be green and healthy. The moment I stepped into the elevator I couldn’t help but notice a poster about New Balance brand running shoes. Want to work out at the gym or go for a run, but forgot your shoes? No problem, the Westin has got you covered!

With such a great emphasis on wellness, meaning guests can leave feeling better than when they first checked-in, hotel programs are focused on the Pillars of Well-Being: Sleep Well, Eat Well, Move Well, Feel Well, Work Well, and Play Well.

Arriving for lunch, I could clearly see the Eat Well pillar. Executive Chef Kenton Leier and his team use locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. He also has a a garden on the sixth floor, harvesting his own herbs and vegetables. We were treated to a sample of healthy, delicious, and beautifully displayed bites, featuring “superfoods”: blueberries, nuts, legumes, lean fish, lean meat, and dried fruits. Naturally rich in antioxidants and phyto-nutrients, guests can easily identify such healthy dishes by a green leaf logo on the hotel menu.

I should add that the organizers made the effort to stress that different dishes would be served on July 1st.

This was meant only as a preview to what guests could expect on Canada Day.

Cider and Thyme Glazed Turkey with Forbidden Rice, Edamame & Walnut Salad, Citrus Vinaigrette

Quinoa, Grilled Asparagus, & Dried Cranberry Salad

Roasted Black Angus Beef Tenderloin, Caramelized Shollots, Tomato Jam & Crumbled Quebec Blue

Soy, Ginger & Maple Glazed Wild Salmon with Crispy Noodle Asian Slaw

Sweet Potato, Pumpkin Seed & Blueberry Salad

6th Floor Tomato, Purple Basil, & Avocado Salad

Strawberry Sabayon with Mint

Dark & White Chocolate Superfoods Tiles

Mini Westin & Air Canada Chocolate Cupcakes

Views from the Bonaventure Suite on the 23rd floor:

Cheers! Here’s to another 30 years at the Westin! And Happy 146th Birthday Canada!

The Westin Ottawa
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Teacher by day and blogger by night, I have always been passionate about food. I grew up watching my mother cook and bake as I sat at the kitchen table doing my homework. In the summers, I happily played in the backyard garden, picking strawberries as my parents tended their crops. A city girl with a love for the outdoors, my goal is to capture the ever-changing Ottawa food scene. When I’m not running, you can find me shopping for ingredients or in the kitchen cooking for my family and friends. Whether you’ve been cooking for a long time or are learning to cook for the first time, I hope you will find something delicious here to inspire you.