Sky Lounge is a unique culinary experience that takes you 150 feet above downtown Ottawa. I got to enjoy an evening dining in the sky, getting the best view of Canada’s capital!
Ottawa Sky Lounge
My instant answer to an evening at the Ottawa Sky Lounge was “Yes!” This classy Canada 150 attraction has been all the talk for months, and I was excited to try it for myself. Sky Lounge is one of many incredible events taking place in Ottawa this summer for Canada’s 150th.
The Ottawa Sky Lounge is open from July 7 – 22, 2017. It’s a special, one time event, so I feel very fortunate to have attended. Hopefully it’ll be back in Ottawa again one day, and similar dining experiences are becoming more and more common around the world.
Getting a little dizzy? That’s not how you feel when you’re up there, I promise!
Our 3 course meal was prepared by Chef Stephen La Salle and his team, from the Andaz Feast + Rebel. I’ll try not to make you too jealous here, but even if you missed Sky Lounge you can find Chef Stephen La Salle and his team in the Byward Market and try one of their amazing dishes. The restaurant, part of a stunning boutique hotel, has beautiful skyline views of it’s own.
Appetizer: Montreal Bagel chips with arctic char and cedar-crème fraiche. I thought this was extra cool because I just tried my first Montreal Bagel a week before!
Main: an original take on poutine. Braised beef on duck fat fondant potato, with cheese curd foam and apple cider glazed carrots. This dish was very different than your typical poutine, but once you bite in you’re met with a familiar, but improved on, combination of flavours.
Dessert: butter tarts, an always delicious Canadian favourite. Did you know that butter tarts were Canadian? It’s worth coming here just to have one!
The ingredients used in each dish came from all over Canada, and the food was superb.
The Sky Lounge Experience
Sky Lounge might not be for you if you’re afraid of heights, but if you’re typically okay in high places you’ll enjoy the entire experience.
After sitting down, we were strapped in to Formula 1 seats. The seating at Sky Lounge makes you feel more secure than you do walking down the street in heels. The lounge itself is very sturdy, and the motion of ascending in to the sky is barely noticeable.
Once you’re at the top, the view is incredible. Ottawa Sky Lounge rose 150ft up above City Hall, so the 360 view included the Parliament Buildings, the National Art Centre, the downtown, the Rideau Canal, and some neighbourhoods.
Being in the sky is a blend of peaceful and fun. I swivelled my chair with excitement to capture different angles, and then sat back to enjoy a glass of wine and take in the atmosphere.
It only got better as the sun went down!
Things to Know Before Going to Sky Lounge
If you ever have the chance to go to a Sky Lounge or do something similar, here are a few things you should know.
- Space: there is little space for bags, so bring a small one or none at all. It will have to be kept on the countertop alongside your food.
- Attire and footwear: the seat includes a strap the goes between your legs, so dresses and skirts can be uncomfortable. Any footwear, except flip flops, are fine, because once you’re strapped in you’re not walking anywhere. Do not wear shoes that can fall off easily!
- Camera’s and phones: no electronics fell while we were in the air, and apparently it’s very uncommon for things to fall. Make sure your camera has a neck or wrist strap, and considering adding a strap to your phone for the evening, just in case.
- The washroom question: The primary concern of many attendees before we went up was What if I need to use the washroom? The Sky Lounge experience includes one hour in the air. Just go before, and you’ll be fine.
- Photography: whatever seat you get is fixed in place, and your movement is a little restricted by the seat. Make sure you have a neck strap, and shoot lots. Move the camera slightly between shots to travel and get the best angle, because you won’t always be able to see exactly what you’re pointing at.
Sky lounge was an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! I hope you get a chance to try something like this yourself one day. Sky Lounges are becoming more and more popular around the world!
Coming to Ottawa? Check out some of my other blog posts about things to do and see in the Ottawa area.
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