2. What to Expect in Ottawa


Ottawa is within the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the Algonquin Nation .  Canada's capital, a bilingual city boasting a thriving arts, theatre, music and culinary scene, Ottawa is proud of its accessibility to outdoor spaces including Gatineau Park, Algonquin Park, the Rideau canal and the Ottawa Greenbelt. 


Thursday January 23rd - Friday January 24th: Flights to Ottawa. Arrival time is flexible—please be ready to start programming Friday January 24th at 9am. If you have not already booked your flight please bear in mind that winter storms can delay travel. 

Friday January 24, 9am - Tuesday January 28th, 5pm: Full Programming Days. Schedule to be shared soon. 

Tuesday January 28th, 5pm onwards: Flights home.


You will book your travel with Ryan ([email protected]) if you have not done so already. 


We will be staying in the HI Hostel Ottawa on Nicholas Street. Located right downtown, the hostel is within walking distance of the Byward Market, the canal, Elgin Street and the Museum of Nature, Centretown, Parliament Hill and Gatineau, including the Canadian Museum of History.  

The hostel has a large kitchen.  

Rooms: We have booked bunk beds dorm rooms. You will receive your room assignments when you arrive. 


Bus: We will provide you with Presto passes passes to get around the city. The Presto pass gives you access to Buses and light rail. 

Walking: We will be located within walking distance of many locations. 

Google Maps Time Estimates from the Hostel to the Canadian Museum of Nature:

Walking: 23 minutes

Busing: 25 minutes

We may also be able to skate there for those of you who are so inclined! Estimated time to skate is 15 minutes. You can also walk on the canal in the winter, which would likely take about 25 minutes. 


More details to come! Expect a combination of caterers and restaurants. Please let a staff member know if you have any dietary changes. 


Weather in January in Ottawa may feel cold to many— we have the world's longest skating rink to really bring that point home. We are also the second coldest capital in the world after Moscow! Please be prepared for weather such as snow, sleet, rain and hail. It could be a crisp sunny cold, or a snowy winter wonderland. 

Average January temperature: -10 oC

January average high: -3 oC

January average low: -15 oC

Here is a suggested Ottawa Packing List:

  • Waterproof winter boots
  • Waterproof winter coat
  • A warm hat, winter scarf, gloves and sunglasses 
  • Layers: Pants, Shirts, Sweaters, Vest
  • Sleep wear
  • Indoor shoes
  • Clothes for an evening event
  • Ocean Bridge Shirt and jacket 
  • Toiletries 
  • Electronics: Cell phone, camera, chargers etc.
  • A Day Pack
  • Anything that you may need to make your time in Ottawa comfortable 

Helpful Locations: 

Canadian Museum of Nature

Museum focused on all things nature, with permanent collections that focus on Water, Fossils, Minerals and more. Strong focus on environmental education and outreach. A partner of the Ocean Bridge program and our base while in Ottawa. 

Canadian Museum of History

Museum focused on showcasing stories of peoples from across the globe. Permanent collections include the First Nations Hall, with a strong focus on Haida and Tmishian history, the Canadian Children's Museum, the Canadian History Hall and Imax. Temporary collections in January include the Neanderthal exhibit, Bluenose exhibit and Jewish Journeys - Stories of Immigration exhibit.

Canadian Science and Technology Museum

Museum that features all things science and technology related, from history to the present. Strong focus on educating kids and teens through camps and highly interactive exhibits.  

Ottawa Art Gallery

Gallery featuring Canadian artists. Strong support for a range of community initiatives and exhibits. Attached to Saw Video. Partnerships with the University of Ottawa, which is right next door. Around the corner from the hostel. 

The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

Centre with beautiful spaces large and small available to rent. The centre hosts a range of cultural and health related programming. 

National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery of Canada features numerous exhibits and Canadian artists. Near Byward Market 

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