185 Daly was built as the family home of John McGee, clerk of the Privy Council in 1886. Their son, Frank McGee was a member of the Ottawa Silver Seven hockey team and one of hockey’s greatest scorers. Frank won the Stanley Cup twice and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1945.
The Armstrong family took over the Inn in 2003. It’s now run by Ken and Judy, their son Jason and his wife Sarah. They did extensive renovations and redecorating, turning it into one of the top inns in Canada. McGee’s Inn has won the BedandBreakfast.com award two years running and has been profiled in several magazines and on local television. A stay at McGee’s Inn has been a prize on “Wheel of Fortune” on two separate occasions.
Walk through the Inn and you will see the fruits of their labour. The dining room features part of Ken’s Norman Rockwell collection; including the “Four Freedoms” posters. The parlour features the works of Canadian artist Walter Campbell and a collection of antique cameras. The highlight is a player piano that’s been in the family for generations.
Climb the staircase and you’ll find more collections and antiques, including a manual typewrite, adding machine and even a spinning wheel. Each of the 14 rooms have been individually decorated. The Egyptian Room and the Victorian Suite each feature a double jacuzzi tub and fireplace. The John McGee Room is decorated with interesting antiques and also features a fireplace. On the top floor is the Windsor Room with a four poster canopy bed and a bathroom that includes a combination double whirlpool tub and shower with a built in TV.
McGee’s Inn is just steps from the Rideau Canal, the ByWard Market, the Congress Centre, the University of Ottawa and Parliament Hill. Whether you’re in town for a weekend getaway, visiting friends or for a convention, just about every major attraction is within walking distance. Ottawa is one of the most exciting cities in Canada, with almost too many museums and festivals to count and great shopping. Even in the middle of winter, it’s a great place to be. Skate on the world’s largest skating rink — right in the heart of the city! Skiing is only a short drive and the Casino is even closer. For skiers, it’s only a short drive, minutes away from Camp Fortune.
If you’re planning a trip to Canada’s capital, you can’t go wrong with a stay at McGee’s Inn.