The iconic Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa

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Canada's famous Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel

A Canadian architectural jewel on the banks of the Ottawa River, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada's Chateau Laurier is often considered to be the grandest of Canada's Grand Railway Hotels. With a rich Canadian history, this majestic Chateauesque style hotel is a study in splendor which is a local Canadian landmark and a popular vacation destination for visitors to the Canadian city of Ottawa, Canada.

The Chateau Laurier was commissioned by then-commissioner of the Grand Trunk Railroad, Charles M Hayes and designed by the Ross & McFarlane architectural firm of Montreal, Canada. The hotel was completed in 1912; timing intended to coincide with the opening of Ottawa's Train Union Station. The train station is no longer in use, but the hotel is still in business today and retains every bit of its original Canadian grandeur.

Hayes was returning to Canada for the opening of the Canadian hotel on the ill-fated voyage of the Titanic and never saw his project come to fruition. Canadian Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier, who had secured the site for the Chateau Laurier was in attendance at a subdued opening ceremony for the hotel which would come to bear his Canadian name.

In 1923, the Chateau Laurier went to the Canadian National Railway when CN Rail acquired Grand Trunk Railway. The hotel became one of the railway's most highly prized properties and became the accommodations of choice for visiting royalty, heads of state and celebrities to Canada. The Chateau Laurier was even the home of R.B. Bennet during his five year tenure as Prime Minister of Canada.

The Canadian hotel is as rich in Canadian history as Ottawa, Canada itself; famed photographer Yousuf Karsh (known for his portraits of Humphrey Bogart, Winston Churchill, Audrey Hepburn and yes, even Canadian rock legends Rush) lived and worked at the hotel for decades. The Chateau Laurier was also the home of the Ottawa bureau of the CBC for eighty years, making the hotel a Canadian cultural institution in its own right.

The hotel has a fascinating history while providing the latest in modern amenities to its guests on their Canadian vacation. With an on-site health club, several restaurants which offer fine Canadian dining in a luxurious setting and everything else to make visitors on vacation feel pampered in these stately settings. The Chateau Laurier is a blend of historic and modern which is a perfect representation of Ottawa, Canada itself.

As the capital of Canada, Ottawa has much to offer visitors for a vacation and trips in the way of culture, sightseeing tours and recreation for any vacation or trips. The stately architecture of the Canadian city belies the quality and quantity of the city's dining, entertainment and nightlife options. Ottawa, Canada is a city where there's always something going on, day or night for any Canadian vacation.

Naturally, the best way to arrive in Canada at Ottawa's Chateau Laurier is in style, as originally envisioned: by rail. Canadian Train Vacations has many train vacation packages to choose from which can take you to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and other vacation destinations across Canada through vacation packages. If you don't see the perfect Canada train tour on this website, get in touch! We can plan your own customized, affordable railroad tour of Canada or across Canada that covers the places you want to see on your vacation.

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