John Jarvis

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - LIVING TOURISM -

GM The Westin Ot­tawa Ot­tawa has been called a big city with a home­town feel. Do you agree? Ab­so­lutely. The qual­ity of life in Ot­tawa is sec­ond to none in Canada. Over a mil­lion peo­ple live in the Cap­i­tal Re­gion and it has an un­com­pli­cated sense of ease about it. What land­mark or event do you think re­flects Ot­tawa best? The Rideau Canal. It re­flects our his­tory, beauty and tran­quil­ity. I am lucky to be able to view this land­mark on a daily ba­sis from the ho­tel and am also re­minded of its beauty ev­ery time I pass by the 1948 Malak Karsh pho­to­graph ‘Tulip Time in Ot­tawa’ that hangs out­side the Westin’s ath­letic fa­cil­ity. Where do you take vis­i­tors when they come to town? I am a na­ture lover so I tend to take vis­i­tors to the Park­way and the Gatineau Park. I live in ru­ral Kanata so I am lucky to be able to en­joy the coun­try in my own back yard as well. Forced to choose, what would be your fa­vorite time of year in Ot­tawa? The Fall-un­mis­tak­ably. De­scribe this city in one sen­tence. Those who have lived in Canada’s cap­i­tal know it is Canada’s best-kept se­cret and can of­fer a great qual­ity of life, es­pe­cially for rais­ing a fam­ily; we have it all right here!

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