Since Monopoly’s initial release in 1935, the franchise has seen astounding growth. Beyond the evolution of the original board game, new editions continue to be produced, reflecting popular culture’s proclivity for superheroes, fantasy, television series, and internally recognized cities. Ottawa, the capital city of Canada, now joins that list.
Created by Ottawa residents Kevin McMahon and Scott McLaren, Monopoly Ottawa features all the elements of classic Monopoly with Ottawa’s unique highlights and attractions.
“There are many elements in Ottawa that make for an interesting Monopoly game: the history of the city, the parliament buildings, Sparks Street, the high-tech hub of Kanata, the new light rail transport system. Ottawa just hit a population milestone of one million residents; it’s walking into the limelight of being an international city,” states McLaren. McMahon adds, “Ottawa residents are passionate about their neighbourhoods; that makes for a unique game experience.”
Monopoly Ottawa features destinations and landmarks such as the Byward Market, Preston Street, Exhibition Way, Bank Street, Palladium Drive, Elgin Street, Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, and more. Ottawa joins the list of cities with localized Monopoly editions that include New York City, Seattle, San Francisco, Boston, and others.
The release date for Monopoly Ottawa is November 2019. The game costs $75 CAD and is available for purchase online. Proceeds from sales are donated to Do It For Daron, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa, and other youth-focused charities.