Why Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Should Honeymoon in Oakville & Mississauga

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What do the British monarchy and the hottest on-air legal drama have in common? The reformed wild child of the former and the breakout ingenue of the latter announced their engagement last week, and the world couldn’t be happier for them. Prince Harry has been to Canada several times in his life and was back recently for the Invictus Games, and Meghan Markle famously films “Suits” in Toronto, but neither has, by any account, ventured much further west of #TheSix. Given the absolute bounty of hidden gems right at our doorstep and the pair’s tendency to be unpredictable, we’ve put together an itinerary for the royal couple should they choose to honeymoon in Oakville and Mississauga.


Dining

As Africa holds a special place in the couples’ hearts, they’ll be sure to enjoy the traditional Ethiopian cuisine on offer at Messob in Cooksville. For a fine dining experience, La Castille provides the finest in Canadian cuisine (that is to say, Alberta beef and Maritime lobster). The couple is advised to stop in for a glass of red wine (Meghan’s beverage of choice) at Solstice Wine Bar followed by a jelly roll (Harry’s favourite!) at The Danish Pastry House.


Shopping

Meghan Markle notoriously decked herself out in Canadian designer Line The Label for the couple’s engagement photos, so she’ll be delighted to find a variety of unique pieces by Canadian and European designers at Avante and other boutiques along Oakville’s Lakeshore Road. Harry can get fitted for a Canadian-designed Coppley suit at Burrow’s, and the fashion-forward couple can step back in time at Ian Drummond Collection, which stocks vintage fashions dating back to the Victorian era.


Sightseeing

The charm and beauty of Oakville’s Gairloch Gardens rivals that of the grounds at Buckingham Palace - a treat for anyone who, like Miss Markle, loves flowers. Tucked in the heart of busy downtown Mississauga lies Kariya Park, a sprawling oasis of Japanese-inspired greenery, the perfect spot for an afternoon stroll. The adventurous duo can enjoy the Canadian wilderness by spending a night or two camping at Bronte Creek provincial park, and if they time the wedding between March and April they’ll be able to take advantage of the park’s annual Maple Syrup Festival. An accomplished polo player, Harry will feel at ease on a horseback trail led by the experts at The Ranch through the fields and forests of Oakville.


Even if they spent an entire month in Oakville and Mississauga, the honeymooners wouldn’t be able to scratch the surface of all there is to see and do. What do you like best about living in Oakville or Mississauga? Think we missed something in our list? Drop us a line and let us know!