Travel: On­tario

All eyes were on Toronto, On­tario, last week, as Prince Harry hosted the third In­vic­tus Games – but the province is also home to Canada’s amaz­ing cap­i­tal city, Ot­tawa



When you think of Canada, the ma­jes­tic Rock­ies and awein­spir­ing Ni­a­gara Falls come to mind. But the coun­try, which, sur­pris­ingly, is larger than the USA, has so much more to of­fer, par­tic­u­larly in the province of On­tario.

Canada’s leafy cap­i­tal city of Ot­tawa – once home to Tom Cruise, Matthew Perry and Ala­nis Moris­sette – is a vi­brant place with breath­tak­ing views, gor­geous Goth­icin­spired build­ings and ex­cel­lent restau­rants. It’s at­tracted many celebs in re­cent years – last year Prince Harry’s girl­friend Meghan Markle and ac­tress Emma Wat­son stayed in the city dur­ing One World Week. To get your bear­ings, jump on the Gray Line sight­see­ing bus (daily, from mid-April to mid- Oc­to­ber, £23 for a 24-hour pass). It shows you 75 Ot­tawa land­marks, in­clud­ing the fairy-tale set­ting of Par­lia­ment Hill and the Rideau Canal.

For a glo­ri­ous rooftop view of the city, visit Cop­per Spir­its and Sights, on the 16th floor of the An­daz Ho­tel. Choose the 613 Sun­rise, a tequila-based cock­tail. De­li­cious!

And if you fancy some fresh air, go for a walk around the beau­ti­ful Gatineau Park, just a 15-minute drive from the city.


Gananoque, a pretty town next to the St Lawrence River, is a 90-min drive away, and is the gate­way to the 1,000 Is­lands. Gananoque Boat Line of­fers a leisurely two-and-a-half hour cruise. Grab a jar of its 1,000 Is­land dress­ing – it’s the best we’ve tasted!


Air Canada of­fers daily flights from Lon­don Heathrow to Ot­tawa. Econ­omy flights start from £645.87, in­clud­ing taxes (un­til Novem­ber 2017). Visit air­

Kingston is around two hours from Ot­tawa by both car and train (VIA Rail from £35.50, in­clud­ing tax).


In cen­tral Ot­tawa, stay in the mod­ern An­daz Ho­tel, which has fab city views. Prices from £162 per night for a dou­ble room in high sea­son and from £114 in low sea­son.

In Gananoque, try the Com­fort Inn – prices from £66 per night.


Canada is famed for its deep­fried pas­try, BeaverTails – find them at Canada’s first-ever BeaverTails Pas­try stall in ByWard Mar­ket.

For din­ner, head to So­cial on Sus­sex Drive. Opt for steak frites and a glass of Château Saint Do­minique – di­vine!

Cruise around the pretty 1,000 Is­lands on a boat trip from Gananoque

The In­vic­tus Games were launched by Prince Harry Treat your­self to Canada’s dough­nut-like del­i­cacy – yum!

Ot­tawa is a vi­brant place with gor­geous Goth­icin­spired build­ings

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