The Shaw Centre
Shaw Centre is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Crown in the Province of Ontario, governed by the Ottawa Convention Centre Corporation Act, with a mandate to operate, maintain and manage an international class convention centre facility in the city of Ottawa in a manner that will promote and develop tourism and industry in Ottawa and Ontario. The former Ottawa Congress Centre was one of the most successful convention centres of its type in the country. The new Shaw Centre is now open on the site of the old Congress Centre, part of a major redevelopment that has almost tripled its hosting capacity– and has greatly enhanced its appeal to national and international convention, meeting and trade show planners. The Centre is governed by a board of directors, managed by an expert team of professionals and operationally driven by inspired colleagues and selected suppliers whose main goal is to create extraordinary events.
Meeting in Ottawa – Come early, stay late!
Centrally located with excellent air and transportation links, Ottawa is a premier Canadian meeting and convention destination any time of the year. It is an impressive yet intimate G8 capital, home to famous landmarks, cultural attractions and celebrations, rich in natural beauty and blessed with a relaxed urban rhythm. Adding unique Ottawa activities for delegates to your agenda is easy and very flexible based on the season. Delegates themselves tend to arrive here early, stay after their event, and bring along their spouses to enjoy everything Canada’s Capital has to offer – helping your event attract more delegates in the process. And the new Shaw Centre will be at the heart of it all – within easy walking distance of major downtown attractions, restaurants, and shopping, yet just a 20-minute shuttle ride from the Ottawa International Airport.
The Shaw Centre is very centrally located in downtown Ottawa, Ontario, Canada’s Capital. It is within walking distance of over 6,000 downtown Ottawa hotel rooms, numerous attractions and landmarks, and the ByWard Market. A 20-minute shuttle ride from the Ottawa International Airport, the Centre is directly linked to the Westin Ottawa Hotel and the 180-store Rideau Centre shopping complex.
The modern Ottawa International Airport serves Canada’s Capital with direct daily flights to over 30 North American and international destinations – and is just a 20-minute drive from Shaw Centre.
Approximate Air Travel Times
City of Departure Estimated Travel Time
Toronto – 1 hour
Montreal – ½ hour
Via Rail services Ottawa with daily passenger train service from Montreal and points east and south, and Toronto and points west – and the train station is just 10 minutes from the Shaw Centre.
By Road from Toronto
- Highway 401 east to Highway 416 north, exit at Highway 417 east, exit at Nicholas Street.
- Nicholas Street north for 3.5 km/2.2 miles, left onto Daly Avenue.
- Shaw Centre is located at the corner of Daly and Colonel By Drive.
- Total Distance: 397 km (248 miles)
- Total Estimated Time: 4.5 hours
By Road from Montréal
- Autoroute 40 west to Highway 417 west to Ottawa, exit at Nicholas Street.
- Follow Nicholas Street north for 3.5 km/2.2 miles, turn left onto Daly Avenue.
- Shaw Centre is located at the Corner of Daly and Colonel By Drive.
- Distance: 189 km (118 miles).
- Total Estimated Time: 2 hours.
Location / Parking
Two indoor parking garages, operated by Citipark, provide 1,500 spaces beneath the Shaw Center and Rideau Center.
Hourly Rate: $1.50 per half hour | $18 per 12 hour pass | $24 per 24 hour pass