William And Kate In Ottawa: The Best Places Not On The Royal Couple's Itinerary (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post Canada     First Posted: 06/30/11 06:52 AM ET   Updated: 08/30/11 06:12 AM ET

Prince William and Kate arrive in Ottawa at 2:30 p.m. ET today for the start of their nine-day Canadian tour and first official overseas visit.

More than 1,300 journalists have been accredited to cover the tour, and there are expectations that with Canada Day falling on a Friday and sunny skies forecast, a record 500,000-plus Canadians will turn out to see the Royal Couple on Parliament Hill.

Almost much by definition, royals spend all of their time on official tours checking out “official” sights—and few Canadian cities are better stocked with those than Ottawa. But if Will and Kate want to go rogue during their three-day visit to the region, here’s our top 10 list of cool stops for the world’s most famous newlyweds.

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Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC)
1233 Wellington Street, 613-236-5196

A few years ago, the GCTC moved from its long-time home in a converted garage to a fancy new theatre in the booming Wellington Village neighbourhood. But it hasn't lost its focus on edgy works by emerging and established Canadian playwrights. The new theatre -- like the old one -- brings you close to the performers, and you might see anything from a one-woman show about menstruation to an ensemble piece about the Vietnam War. One thing is certain: it's not the Royal Albert Hall, and if Kate and Will are looking for a break from routine, that's probably a good thing.
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