Local Tourist Ottawa is a space to feature the best of Ottawa. We encourage you to contribute guest blogs that share what you believe makes this city great.
LTO is a compilation of the editors’ vow to participate more in our own community, as well as our readers’ contributions: as we explore our city, we encourage everyone else to do the same.
Written by hundreds of contributors across the city and province, here you will find features on your favourite people, places and things – but most of all – you will find a little bit of motivation to get out and enjoy Canada’s capital.
Jessey is a writer, content strategist, and the founder of Local Tourist Ottawa. After working as a multimedia and print journalist for various Canadian news outlets, she switched to the non-profit world, managing media and community relations for a national Canadian charitable foundation. Today, she works at an amazing public relations firm with a diverse roster of clients. She hails from a small town on Ontario’s Lake Simcoe, but after coming to Ottawa for her journalism degree in 2003, she never left – well, not for more than a couple of months at a time. She lives for spontaneous adventures, conversations that go on for years, the smell of autumn, and singing her guts out in the car.
Amy is a journalist and editor and the co-founder of LTO. After growing up in a rural Ontario town – where the slogan was “Our village is small, but we love them all” – she moved to Ottawa for school and hasn’t quite shaken her love for the nation’s capital. With an undergraduate degree in journalism and a master’s in international affairs, she adores everything from the buzz of Parliament Hill to shopping the northern stretch of Dalhousie to exploring Chinatown for the best pho. She believes in optimism, favours the colour orange (but detests orange candy) and never sneezes less than three times.
Hilary is a journalist, food blogger and a contributing editor for LTO. She found out about the project after Jessey commented on her blog asking if she was interested in contributing. The rest was history. Hilary recently completed her fourth-year of studies at Carleton University and loves writing about her adventures in cooking, baking and exploring, on her blog, Hilary Makes. When she was young, she city-hopped from one northern Ontario mining community to another. She loves consuming cupcakes at a rapid pace, cycling along the city’s beautiful bike paths, chatting with members of Ottawa’s thriving food community and eating copious amounts of bread from Art-is-in Bakery. She also appreciates italicized text and well-designed magazines.