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Attending the Canadian Library Association (CLA) Forum on a Budget

May 1, 2016

Are you attending the Canadian Library Association (CLA) National Forum in Ottawa on a limited budget?

We’ve compiled information for you on where to stay and where to dine – all without breaking the bank.

Got tips and other suggestions? Please add them to the comments section.


University of Ottawa Residences

Distance from Forum venue:

  • 1.8 km – 24 minute walk, 15 minutes by transit


  • Two-bedroom Suite-Style Units
    • At 90 University, our air-conditioned suite-style units include two separate bedrooms – each with a double bed – a large kitchenette equipped with microwave, fridge, table and chairs, and a private washroom with shower. Our guests have access to a common kitchen area with ovens and stoves and a large laundry room, both located on the main floor.
  • Conventional-Style Rooms
    • In the Marchand and Stanton Residences, our rooms are furnished with one or two single beds, a desk and chair, and an armoire for each guest. These residences are not air-conditioned and have separate men’s and women’s washrooms on each floor.
  • Amenities
    • Towels, bed linen, shampoo and hand soap are provided. Our guests have access to a large laundry room ($) located on the main floor and to a common kitchen area with stove-tops and microwaves. Please note kitchenware is not included. Each room is equipped with a telephone with free local calls and high-speed Internet connectivity (Ethernet cable required).

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HI-Ottawa Hostel

Originally functioning as a prison from 1862 to1972, the HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel offers a mix of shared and private jail cells as well as traditional shared and private hostel style rooms, 110 beds in total.

Distance from Forum venue:

  • 1.5 km – 20 minute walk, 10 minutes by transit


  • Authentic Jail Cell (3′ x 9′) – 1 single bed
  • Backpacker Quad Jail Cell
  • 4-Bed Shared Room
  • 6-Bed Jail Cell
  • 8-Bed Shared Room
  • Twin Cell – 2 Single Beds
  • Double Room (1 Double Bed)
  • Double Room w/ Kitchenette or Bathroom

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Other nearby hotels

  • Albert House Inn
    478 Albert Street (5 minute walk)
    Rates begin at $145.00 plus taxes per night

Food and Drink


  • In the Delta Hotel
    • Tim Hortons
  • Nearby
    • Bridgehead – 344 Slater St.
    • Second Cup – 215 Slater St.
    • Starbuck – Kent/Albert
    • Tim Hortons

Pubs and Quick Bites


Bank Machines

  • BMO – 340 Albert St.
  • CIBC – 84 Bank St.
  • National Bank Financial – 50 O’Connor St.
  • RBC – 99 Bank
  • Scotiabank – 186 Bank
  • TD Canada – 180 Kent

Drug Stores

  • Rexall Pharma Plus – 240 Sparks St.
  • Shoppers Drug Mart – 174 Bank St.


  • Sobey’s Urban Fresh – 193 Metcalfe St.
  • Your Independent Grocer – 296 Bank St.

One response to Attending the Canadian Library Association (CLA) Forum on a Budget

  1. Brian Clark says:

    There is a food court in the lower level of Place de Ville just north of the Delta. there is a burger place, Manhattans and a Subway. There is the Corner Kitchen and Harry’s Deli as well – good and fast.

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