President & CEO of Ottawa Tourism Ottawa has been called a big city with a hometown feel. Do you agree? Yes. Ottawa has all the features and amenities of a big city (great food, museums, night life, professional sports, etc.) but also has a great “hometown” feeling with very livable neighborhoods, great recreation opportunities, colleges and universities and a plethora of family activities. What landmark or event do you think reflects Ottawa best? There are so many great events such as Bluesfest, Tulip Festival, Race Weekend, etc. but the one that reflects Ottawa and our nation’s capital, the best is Canada Day. Every Canadian should experience Canada Day in Ottawa at some point in their life! Where do you take visitors when they come to town? When visitors come to town I take them to the Byward Market, Gatineau Park, the Rideau Canal and the Canadian War museum. Forced to choose, what would be your favourite time of year in Ottawa? If I had to choose a favorite time of year in Ottawa it would be winter. Skating on the Canal and eating a Beavertail is truly the ultimate Ottawa experience. Describe this city in one sentence. Ottawa is a great G8 Capital, with world-class museums, a vibrant urban scene, and easily accessible outdoor experiences that is a great place to live and/or raise a family.