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 aircanada.com
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.
FOOD AND DRINK
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