OUR HISTORY

Since 1834

Built in 1834 by Robert Conroy, the British Hotel has stood as a witness to some of the most important events in western Quebec’s, and indeed, Canada’s history.

The British has been an inn for weary travellers passing through Aylmer to take the steamboat up the Ottawa River, a venue for world-class music, and a gathering place for Canada’s post-Confederation elite. Its 180-year-old walls have sheltered prime ministers, senators, country music stars, royalty, Quebec legends, and even a few alleged assassins on the run.

In 2014, a group of local entrepreneurs undertook painstaking renovations and restoration work to return Canada’s oldest hotel, as well as the old Provincial Bank of Canada building next door, to its former glory.

Louise Martin's avatar

J'y suis allée pour le spectacle de Dany Bédar! Nous avons soupé et avons eu des entrées dans la soirée! Bouffe et spectacle excellents! Le personnel est très courtois et accueillant! Merci

Julie Coulson Fine's avatar

The last time I was in the British was 1996. Today I went in for lunch with the kids, first time since the renovation. It is breathtaking! If you haven't been, go! The restaurant, the pub, the events room, the patio -- all so well done. I even went up and saw the hotel rooms, equally modern and beautiful. Lunch was amazing, the kids love their huge Sundays. I loved all the Aylmer memorabilia. My grandfather owned The Gatineau club and the Symmes hotel in the 1940-50s. Great to see live music being part of the fun. Like in the old days! This place should be a point of pride for everyone in Aylmer. Not surprised to hear it's having weddings already. It's my new favorite go to, even when I'm in Ottawa! I also think when the Government has press conferences, they should be at the British!!