Host your next event in our historic mansion!

The century-old J.R. Booth mansion, a registered heritage site in the heart of downtown Ottawa, offers a unique and attractive rental venue opportunity for your next event. The entire main floor of the building is characterized by a striking array of wood and impressive carving, a legacy from the founder’s career as a lumber baron, which you can experience for yourself through our virtual tour.

Whether you’re with a public or private sector, or an independent group, you are invited to rent one or more of the main floor rooms to host your event in this historic venue. Our rentable space features three room types suited to a variety of events. Past uses of the facility have included everything from general meetings and board retreats, to film and photo shoots, dinners, receptions, galas, lectures, and even weddings. We are always open to new event types and are eager to work with you to meet your group’s specific needs.


Drawing Room (Room A)

the Drawing Room (Room A)

Originally the Booth family drawing room, this room accommodates up to fifteen (15) people for relaxed discussion in comfortable couches and plush chairs. The room is dominated by an elegant Austrian crystal chandelier and marble fireplace.


Library (Room B)

the Library (Room B)

This room was once the Booth family library and still contains built-in book cases with historic glass doors. A beautiful stained glass window and marble fireplace highlight the adjoining alcove. The room has various configurations and can accommodate:

  • Up to 50 people for a lecture or meeting
  • Up to 20 people around seminar-style tables
  • Up to 36 for a meal (6 round tables of 6 seats per table)

Dining Room (Room C)

the Dining Room (Room C)

This room, which served as a dining room for the Booth family, is highlighted by a marble fireplace and hand-carved mantle, and stenciled ceiling with silver chandelier. The room can accommodate up to 30 people for a meal and is often used for buffet style service.

For more information or to book your event, please see the Room Descriptions & Rental Rates, or contact the Conference Coordinator directly. 

Accessibility: The Laurentian Leadership Centre is accessible to those with physical disabilities. The main door off the parking lot has a ramp and an automatic door (key entry from the exterior and push button from inside). Inside, there are lifts (max. weight 498 lbs) to the basement and main floor. There is a washroom for those with disabilities in the basement beside the main washroom area.