Distance: 153 km
Ottawa, Canada’s federal capital, was once an important lumber and rail centre before Queen Victoria chose it as the site for Canada’s new capital in 1857. A green city with a provincial charm, Ottawa is home to an impressive number of museums, galleries and parks. See the stately Parliament buildings, walk along the picturesque Rideau Canal, and enjoy the “Changing of the Guards” ceremony during the summer months. Visit the Byward Market and visit the stunning National Museum of History across the Ottawa River in Hull.
In the afternoon, drive along the Ottawa River into the province of Quebec. In Montebello, visit the beautiful Omega Wildlife Park, a giant park that you can drive through and witness Canada’s most iconic animals as they roam freely through the park. Or visit the legendary Hotel Chateau Montebello, known for its refined cuisine and beautiful historic ambience. From here, here continue your journey into the richly forested mountains of the Laurentians. The area is filled with lakes and offers many recreational activities such as canoeing, hiking, fishing, cycling, golf and swimming.