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Lansdowne Park, Ottawa

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Lansdowne Park is a 40acre historic sports, exhibition and entertainment facility in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, owned by the City of Ottawa. It is located along Bank Street and is adjacent to the Rideau Canal, in central Ottawa. Lansdowne Park contains the TD Place stadium/arena complex, (formerly Frank Clair Stadium and the Ottawa Civic Centre arena, the stadium being integrated with the arena), the Aberdeen Pavilion hall, and the Horticulture Building. Until 2010, the park was the site of the annual Central Canada Exhibition (Ottawa SuperEx). The site was redeveloped. Around the arena and stadium complex is a retail and residential redevelopment. Along the Rideau Canal, the open space which used to be parking is being converted into an urban park with some recreation facilities.HistoryIn 1847, the then Bytown was deeded acres by the government of the Province of Canada, and acquired another bought from owners over several years, to make up the initial grounds of what is now called Lansdowne Park. Two notable exhibitions occurred prior to the first Central Canada Exhibition. In 1875 the City of Ottawa hosted the thirtieth annual Exhibition of the Provincial Agricultural and Arts Association. In 1877 an exhibition included the first public demonstration of the telephone in Canada.
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  • Please update photos on here of Lansdowne park! One of the most dramatic and awesome updates anywhere in Ottawa. 
  • I have been coming to Lansdowne all of my life, mostly to the former Ottawa Exhibition but occasionally for other events from hockey to rock concerts. While I liked the fact that we held our exhibitio...  read more »
  • Interesting shops, lots of places to eat, movie theater, farmers market, concerts, sports, etc, but quite expensive and parking is a nightmare. 
  • The facilities are amazing but the underground parking facility is horrible! I used to come to Lansdowne for the VIP movie theater but stopped going because of the underground parking. I was driving my vehicle in the underground parking lot of the TD place and was directed by parking staff to turn right. I was one what was designed as a one way but the parking staff was using as a two way traffic. I ended up hitting a emergency blue call box This was caused by changing a one way into a two way and the parking staff was not directing traffic and blocking the main way with a barricaded forcing the traffic wrong way down a one way road. After the incident a parking staff said to me and my wife " I told management not to block off the road like this as it was going to cause accidents" The manager of the parking lot came and the parking attendant to change the procedure and let people through the barricade realize they were causing accidents by directing traffics the wrong way down a one way. I ask him "so you change your parking flow because you realized it causes accident" he nodded yes and then I ask him " so its the parking lots fault and he simply did not respond. When security came the manager left and was no where to be seen.
  • Great local Experience, lots to do and see. Lots of great places to eat within the area as well as stores and a great movie theater. lots of pokestops in the area too Visiting Ottawa Fury matches can be done on the cheap.. but Redblack games are over priced even in the cheap-seats and beer is expensive. If you drive good luck finding parking.
  • Lots of restaurants, coffee shops, retail shopping, and a weekend farmers market all contained in an urban setting. Great place to come for sports (junior hockey, CFL football, and soccer) and other entertainment. Great spot near the canal to walk around.
  • Lansdowne has everything you need all in one place. There's shopping, the Goodlife gym, entertainment (OSEG sports - Redblacks, Fury, 67s - and the cinema), and tons of good restaurants. You can get your groceries at Whole Foods and your hair/nails/esthetics done at Rinaldos. There's an LCBO and a TD bank. There's a farmers market on weekends and lots of events going on every season. I call it being "on campus" because it really feels like you could live there if you wanted to.
  • A missed opportunity. Less a shopping centre than a vast bar district plopped down next to a residential neighbourhood. Bland chain stores and restaurants offer little that you can't find in your local suburban shopping mall parking lot. The "O.K. Corral" - where suburbanites from Orleans, Kanata and other outlying areas can feel cool because they came "downtown", but without ever leaving the confines of the carefully - controlled corporate campus. Just go to your local Centrum. You'll get the same effect without the parking hassles.
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