Château Laurier by Michel Rathwell (Ontario Photo Spot)

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Château Laurier- Photo by Michel Rathwell

The Chateau Laurier is a luxury hotel in the heart of Ottawa that resembles a castle. Situated at the terminus of the Rideau Canal, the chateau is one of the most iconic buildings in downtown Ottawa.

The Chateau-Laurier opened its doors in 1912, and Sir Wilfred Laurier, Canada’s Prime Minister, was the first to sign the hotel’s register. Since its opening, it has been a prominent feature of the Ottawa skyline with its soaring spires and buttresses. It is also remarkably well-positioned near Parliament, the Canadian War Memorial and the recently renovated Senate building (a former train station). These three landmarks form a triad of photogenic locations in the city’s heart.

There is also a remarkable history at the Chateau Laurier for the photographer. Renowned Canadian Portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh lived at the hotel for 18 years and operated his studio from the hotel’s sixth floor. He photographed world-famous celebrities from the lavish comforts of his studio and suite, the latter still preserved in its almost original state. This Ottawa photo location is not to be missed by any visiting photographer.

(Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

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