Kate and Will in Canada: ten things they should do

Kate and Will in Canada: ten things they should doOttowa Tourism

Kate Middleton and Prince William are off to Canada for their first break as Mr and Mrs, so we've picked out the top places on their holiday trail as well as some other must-visit places they should definitely add to their list!

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Kate and Will in Canada: ten things they should do
It's Ottawa's biggest attraction and the place where Kate and William will be celebrating Canada on 1 July. Parliament Hill is home to Canada's federal government and the Parliament Buildings overlook the Ottawa River on a dramatic hill. Each morning in the summer, the changing of the guards ceremony takes place on the front lawn and in the evening the spectacular Sound and Lights Show takes place, with lighting and giant images projected on the Parliament Buildings for all to enjoy.
This beautiful park covers a vast space of 361 square kilometres. It's where you'll find a lot of Ottawa's nature, with hundreds of species of birds and mammals. Cycling, swimming and hiking are just some of the ways to get active in Gatineau Park and in the summer a romantic picnic with forest and lakes as your background is just what a couple of newlyweds need.
There's nothing dreamier than walking hand-in-hand with the person you love along a historic canal in the summer. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rideau Canal is the oldest operating canal in North America (it opened in 1832). It stretches from Ottawa to Lake Ontario, connecting lakes and rivers through 45 locks. The scenic pathways are perfect for keen walkers and cyclists, and in the summer you can take to the waters in a sightseeing cruise, canoe or romantic paddleboat.
Just east of Parliament Hill is the not-to-be-missed ByWard Market with a historic famers' market, shopping, restaurants and nightlife. You can people-watch at an outdoor café in the summer, buy fresh, local produce to take home as souvenirs and get something for yourselves at the many fashion and décor boutiques. Keen foodies can look forward to casual and upscale restaurants for dining before rubbing shoulders with Ottawa's elite at a cocktail bar or listening to some live music.
The Ottawa River defines the border of Ontario and Quebec and is huge at 1,271km long. It's the ideal place for a canoe trip and if Kate and William are looking for an adventure they can try white water rafting on the Rouge River, which is just one of the many rivers that empty into the Ottawa River. To capture some good photos of the River head to the Macdonald-Cartier, Alexandra or Portage Bridges.
This is a must-see to make a trip to Canada truly memorable and the royal couple should definitely see Niagara Falls. As the most powerful waterfall in North America, its outstanding natural beauty really is something you have to see to believe. Walk along the side of the roaring Falls where you can see the mist and as you get closer watch how the water travels from the river before going over the edge. There are boat trips available at the foot of the waterworks and you'll want to bring waterproof clothing if you're planning on getting close to the Falls. At night they're lit up so they look just as spectacular in the dark.
As the second tallest tower in the world (the first is in Dubai) the CN Tower is the place to go for good views of the vibrant city of Toronto. At the top is the 360 Restaurant - the ideal place for a romantic dinner. It offers a revolving view of Toronto with amazing market-fresh cuisine and wine from the world's highest cellar! If heights are your thing you can gaze 342 metres down from the glass floor at the top of the tower.
Ottawa is just on the edge of Quebec, where Kate and William will also be visiting, and can make for a great trip to see North America's answer to France. Montreal is Quebec's largest city and is where old meets new with vibrant culture, a range of festivals and more museums than you can fit in one trip. See the Cirque du Soleil in the city it originated from, visit the Old Port and see the amazing Olympic Stadium, as well as enjoying a city with great restaurants and nightlife.
The Northwest Territories are on the agenda for Kate and William's visit - and it's the place to see the Northern Lights. They're best viewed in winter so the couple may miss out on them while in Canada, but they're a must-see. Watch the ghostly coloured lights in the sky from a cosy log cabin, outdoor hot tub or tent as you cuddle up to your loved one under the stars. See our video for more.
The royal couple will be stopping in Alberta in western Canada and will want to see some of its awe-inspiring attractions. The Alberta Rocky Mountain area is like no other place on earth and where you'll find Lake Louise, a picturesque turquoise lake with plenty of nature, some of the best hotels, like the Fairmont, which gets booked up months in advance, as well as some of Canada's grizzly bears.

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