Ottawa cracks new Canadian Monopoly board

<p>Want to buy Ottawa? It’s yours for a mere $1.2 million, at least in the new Monopoly Canada game.</p>

 

Want to buy Ottawa?

 

It’s yours for a mere $1.2 million, at least in the new Monopoly Canada game.

 

The game, unveiled in the ByWard Market Tuesday in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the famous board game, features the Nation’s Capital in the spot that Connecticut Avenue occupies on the traditional board, right before the jail.

 

Ottawa was one of 22 cities, including Gatineau, Calgary, Edmonton, Windsor, Quebec City, Montreal and Vancouver, featured on the board.


“I would have thought that Ottawa, being the capital, would be in the Boardwalk spot, or at least be a bit more expensive,” said Annabelle Haines.


“At least we’re not as cheap as Toronto,” joked Carolyn Lee. Toronto, priced at $1 million, is next to Ottawa. At $4 million, Chatham-Kent, Ontario, is the most expensive property on the board.


The cities were based on online votes from fans, said Michael Hogg, president of Hasbro Canada. (Born in Ottawa, Hogg was glad to see his hometown on the board.)


But Ottawa resident and Canadian Monopoly champion Will Lusby said “the light blues can be a really good property set to help you win the game if you build on them early in the game.


“Everybody who plays the game knows the real value of the blues, which is higher than what you think.”


Kind of like the real Ottawa, he said.


“I think Ottawa is the most beautiful. It’s just a great city,” he said.

 
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