Doors Open Ottawa was in full swing when Les and I ventured out after Sunday brunch – and we decided to visit the magnificent Château Laurier (http://www.fairmont.com/laurier), which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, complete with cake and costumed folks wandering about the lobby.
Grand Trunk Railway (which became part of the Canadian National Railway in 1923) president Charles Melville Hays commissioned the Château Laurier, with a vision toward having a chain of luxurious and majestic hotels all along the rail route. The grand opening was delayed when Hays, on his way back to Canada for the event, perished aboard the Titanic.
For more info, check out what our friends at Wikipedia have to say: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A2teau_Laurier
Here are some pics Les and I took during our tour. More Ottawa adventures to come soon.