Top 10 Reasons to Host Your Next Event at Bayview Yards
The city of Ottawa has a wealth of incredible venues for hosting events, but have you ever considered the Innovation Hub as an option for your next event?
Bayview Yards is a hidden gem, a dynamic and energetic hub in the heart of Mechanicsville. This space is the ideal venue to host your next conference, meeting, networking session, or social gathering.
Count down the Top Ten Reasons to Host Your Next Event at Bayview Yards
#1 Host Hybrid Events
Connect virtual & in-person audiences with state-of-the-art event technology.
If you haven’t experienced the power of hybrid events yet, it is a unique service that will revolutionize the service you provide your guests. The upgraded audio-visual technology required to stream and broadcast in person events isn’t available at most venues yet. Bayview Yards offers state-of-the-art event tech, managed by an on-site audio-visual specialist, that is of the same quality as a news broadcasting station. That’s right – we have the expertise and equipment needed to make your speakers truly shine on the hybrid event stage. Harness the unmatched energy and excitement of a live, in-person event while offering flexibility and optimization to a virtual audience. Reach a larger audience, increase scope, provide your guests flexibility, and maximize budget by converting a traditional event into a hybrid model.
Learn more about hybrid events at Bayview Yards.
#2 Inclusive Design
The venue is designed to consider the unique needs of our guests. There are inclusive washrooms, elevators and other amenities.
The Bayview Yards facility has been thoughtfully designed with the unique needs of our guests in mind. Our commitment to providing an inclusive environment requires that “universal design” principles be put into action, ensuring that everything be usable and accessible to the greatest extent possible by everyone, regardless of their age, gender, or ability. Bayview Yards strives to consistently infuse gender diversity and inclusion into all of its services and operations.
#3 Centrally Located & Accessible
Enjoy complimentary parking when hosting an event at Bayview Yards. We’re only a short walk to the Ottawa LRT or a bike ride along the Ottawa Parkway.
When planning an event, parking and accessibility are always key considerations. Whether you are walking, cycling, using public transit, enjoying the light rail, or driving, Bayview Yards is centrally located and easily accessible. Located beside the Ottawa River Pathway and many other routes, Bayview Yards is easily reachable via bicycle. We offer ample bike racks at the front and back of our building throughout all seasons. Our building is only 550 m away from Bayview Station, which serves multiple bus routes, as well as the O-Train light rail transit line. If driving, your guests can enjoy parking on-site at a minimal cost.
#4 Original Local Artwork
Bayview Yards is adorned with many original pieces of art created by local talent. There are paintings, prints, sculptures, and more to enjoy.
The hallways, public spaces, meeting spaces, and even stairways of Bayview Yards display a collection of local artwork from a variety of disciplines. Artists from all walks of life have contributed to this eclectic space in hopes of inspiring our guests. A life-sized robotic figure which has been welded from found and recycled metal parts scales the main stairwell. “Climbing Cliff” by local artist Tick Tock Tom intends to inspire entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners to fearlessly scale new heights. The digital artwork of Allen André highlights the untapped potential of underrepresented groups by juxtaposing them into science and technology, autonomous vehicle and space travel imagery. There’s truly so much inspiration to enjoy within our building.
#5 Scenic Views
Bayview Yards is located in Mechanicsville and is surrounded by beautiful views of the Ottawa River and an apple orchard.
Bayview Yards is centrally located within the heart of Mechanicsville, surrounded by the beauty of the Ottawa River. Our facility offers a combination of indoor and outdoor space your guests can enjoy, and even overlooks an apple orchard. The skyline of downtown Ottawa is a breathtaking backdrop for an evening of networking and socializing on our terrace. During the fall months, the trees along the Ottawa Parkway display magnificent colours that will wow your guests, without a doubt.
#6 Exceptional Customer Service
Our clients rated Bayview Yards event spaces and services a Net Promoter Score of 70.85% of clients would recommend us to a colleague or friend.
There are many compelling reasons to select our venue, however, our commitment to providing exceptional customer care is what our team is most proud of. We aim to create memorable and successful in-person and hybrid events for our community.
Did you know that 85% of our clients said they would recommend Bayview Yards to a colleague or friend? After surveying our clients over the course of a year, we received a Net Promoter Score of 70. As a team, we’re truly passionate about producing exceptional events for our guests.
#7 Complimentary Wifi
Your guests will enjoy complimentary connectivity within meeting rooms, public spaces and terrace.
Your guests can also enjoy unlimited, complimentary WiFi throughout our building. The public spaces, meeting rooms, and even our terrace are equipped with connectivity during building hours. Event organizers have enough details to consider – let us take care of supplying your guests with connectivity.
#8 Sustainable Options
Bayview Yards is LEED Gold certified, meaning we’ve reached a level of sustainability, energy and water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and innovative design to name a few examples.
In January 2019, Bayview Yards received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED Gold certification. Gold certification is awarded to organizations who have attained a certain level of sustainability, energy and water efficiency, indoor environmental quality and innovative design, to name a few examples. LEED’s proven and holistic approach helps virtually all building types to lower carbon emissions, conserve resources, and reduce operating costs by prioritizing sustainable practices.
#9 Unique Community Resources
Bayview Yards features a Library on the topics of innovation, business, entrepreneurship, and more. Grab a complimentary book at your next event.
Bayview Yards also houses a community library to support the eager minds of our entrepreneurs and small business owners. We provide complimentary literature on a multitude of topics, such as innovation, business, entrepreneurship, accounting, sales, marketing, and many others. Invite your guests to read a complimentary book available within our library while they enjoy a coffee within our public spaces.
#10 Incredible Architecture
Bayview Yards is a designated heritage site with many restored elements of the original building incorporated into a modern, industrial design.
The unique architecture of Bayview Yards is truly a sight to behold. A designated heritage site of the city of Ottawa, Bayview Yards was built in 1941 as a municipal garage, repairing trucks and various vehicles. It earned the heritage site designation as being the last example of this type of architecture available in the city. Much of the original building has been reclaimed and incorporated into the modern, industrial aesthetic. The garage doors, original bay windows, beams, and much more are integrated into our space.
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Consider collaborating with the team at Bayview Yards on your next conference, meeting, or social event. We’re here to support you in executing live, in-person and virtual events that will wow your audience. Let’s discuss your next event today.