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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

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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.

Would you be up for an experience like Sky Lounge? Let me know below!
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Posted by ninanearandfar

Part time student, full time traveller. Neuroscience major and Canadian travel blogger on adventures.


  1. Carol Colborn July 17, 2017 at 6:18 am

    I am afraid of heights and the glass floor would accentuate it. But then again the views are so worth conquering the fear. And then there’s the food!


    1. ninanearandfar July 17, 2017 at 9:30 am

      It’s SO worth it! A couple people who are afraid of heights said they didn’t like going up, but once they got to the top they were fine. Just focus on your plate haha!


  2. wow what an awesome and unique experience. When I first started reading, I immediately wondered “what about a toilet break” 😉 but later on, I read that it should be just fine. Cool article.


  3. I’d kind of love to do this but I’m not sure whether my vertigo would kick in. I can do hot air balloons for example but find escalators in metros scary (even though I commute and have used them for over two decades).


    1. ninanearandfar July 17, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      Really! That’s kind of fascinating… no fun for you though, I’m sure. This is probably more comparable to a hot air balloon.


  4. That menu looks DELISH. Granted, I haven’t had regular poutine (yet) but that sounds delicious! I love that the entire experience had an elegant feel to it.


    1. ninanearandfar July 17, 2017 at 8:20 pm

      Yes, it was definitely a twist on fine dining!


  5. What a cool idea! It’s be terrible if you dropped your fork though. Haha!


    1. ninanearandfar July 17, 2017 at 8:20 pm

      LOL! That’s why no one is allowed on the run way. I’m sure there are spare forks somewhere!


  6. THAT is the coolest thing ever! Your food sounded so damn delicious as well.. Mmmmm


    1. ninanearandfar July 19, 2017 at 9:17 am

      The food was AMAZING


  7. What an awesome experience – I love it! I think this is a great concept and what incredible views you would get from the top – plus how many people can say they did this! I would get a little nervous with the heights but would still be keen to try it.


    1. ninanearandfar July 19, 2017 at 9:18 am

      It is such a neat concept! I love it. Exactly haha – I love getting photos that only a few other people have! That’s it, power through lol!


  8. It looks so awesome but I don’t know if I could, I’m terribly scared by heights!


    1. ninanearandfar July 19, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      Oh no! You could try… they’ll bring you down if you really hate it haha!


  9. Sandy N Vyjay July 19, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Dining at dizzying heights is really a one of a kind experience. Enjoying a quite dinner looking out at Ottawa city spread out below must indeed be a real “High”. The thrill of going up to such a height is another adventure in itself. Experienced something similar in Macau .


  10. I’ve seen these in a few different cities and always wanted to try it! It looks like such a cool and thrilling experience!


  11. What a neat experience! This is something I would love to do but my partner is afraid of heights. Actually, just showed him and he said, “Yeah, I don’t think so.” Haha! I’ll have to go alone.


  12. Omg this would of been such a cool experience! I really want to do this one day!


  13. This looks like so much fun. I would be a little nervous (sometimes heights makes me a little uneasy) but would love to try this sometime.


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