Canada’s capital, stunning Ottawa, is one of the nation’s most prosperous and educated cities, a showcase of fine architecture, beautiful outdoor spaces, and a cultural hub that boasts seven national museums and a plethora of shops, restaurants, universities, theaters, and so much more. Located at the confluence of the Ottawa, Gatineau, and Rideau rivers, its setting is as gracious as its welcoming, easygoing vibe. The city invites outdoor exploration with its lovely parks and gardens, including the central Rideau Canal, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unique design and cultural significance. Along the way to Ottawa, you’ll visit the wildlife-rich Parc Omega and enjoy a delicious taste of Canada when you lunch at Fairmont Le Château Montebello for a true Quebecois feast.
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Depart home for Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Fly to Ottawa, Canada’s sophisticated capital gracefully hugging the Ottawa River. After time to settle in, there may be time to explore on your own before joining your fellow travelers for a Welcome Drink and Dinner at the hotel.
Discovering Ottawa’s beauty and charm
Set out to uncover the delights of one of the world’s most surprising capitals. Laid-back and inviting, Ottawa exudes a sophistication and worldliness that make it irresistible for culture lovers. This former lumber town is today graced with stunning neo-Gothic buildings, lush gardens and green parks. At the Canadian Museum of History, you’ll unravel 20,000 years of history in a lovely riverside setting. Then, enjoy a panoramic tour of the downtown core, viewing the Prime Minister’s Offices, Parliament Hill, and the Supreme Court. Stop by the ByWard Market for a food tasting; then, continue exploring the main shopping street and the Rideau Canal, which opened in 1832. You have the rest of the day free to explore on your own.
Wildlife viewing at Parc Omega during your transfer to Montréal
Leave Ottawa this morning for Montréal. Along the way, you’ll stop at Parc Omega in Montebello, where moose, elk, bison, wolves, bears, and other wildlife are protected in their natural habitat. Enjoy a safari-style tour and see some of them up close. Then, break for lunch at the luxurious Fairmont Château Montebello, the world’s largest log cabin. You’ll savor an amazing lunch here and have time to explore the resort before continuing to Montréal.
Upon arrival in Montréal, you’ll meet your fellow travelers for the main trip.