In Ottawa, skate in a canal, party in a museum

Canada's capital will entice visitors with quirky pastimes, from escape-room intrigue to beer experiences

Admittedly, Ottawa, Canada's chilly capital, is not the first destination that comes to mind when contemplating a holiday. But the under-the-radar city that patiently endures monikers such as "The City that Fun Forgot" and "Dead After Dark" has a unique visual charm, hidden treasures, an astonishing catalogue of good places to dine and a quirky sense of play.

Neighbouring Montreal brags about its naughtiness, Pacific Rim Vancouver boasts its scenery and hyperactive Toronto flaunts its New York-ness. Scrappy, plucky Ottawa does not boast at all.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 31, 2019, with the headline 'In Ottawa, skate in a canal, party in a museum'. Subscribe