Ottawa is a large, multicultural city with the warmth and welcome of a smaller town. Here, you can delve into history, art, Canadian culture and politics. You can explore the diversity of Ottawa’s multicultural neighbourhoods and hunt for local and exotic treasures. And you can wander through the green and pastoral parks and visit the rural areas of the city. Come to Ottawa and experience Canada’s capital city.
Ottawa is Canada’s capital and the country’s fourth largest city with a population of approximately 900,000 people living within the city limits.
Ottawa is located in the Ottawa Valley in eastern Ontario. It lies on the banks of the Ottawa River, which divides the provinces of Ontario and Quebec in the area. The mouths of the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal are both located here and have played a major part in the history of Ottawa.
Diversity characterises so much of Ottawa. While English and French are the predominate languages, you will hear many others spoken on the streets. About 25 percent of the city’s residents are born in other countries, and more than 20 percent of residents are visible minorities. You can enjoy this multicultural diversity in the shops, restaurants and neighbourhoods through out the city.
Ottawa’s natural environment is a very large part of its identity. The Rideau Canal is the world’s largest skating rink and is used by Ottawa residents and visitors alike. The city has 850 parks that contribute to Ottawa’s green character.
Ottawa honours a long tradition of Canadian culture and history in the many world-class institutions in the city: the National Arts Centre, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and the National Gallery of Canada, to name just a few. Ottawa is well known as a festival city, boasting over 45 major festivals taking place each year.
From its beginnings as a lumber town, it had a rough and boisterous reputation to becoming Canada’s Capital in 1857; from its fascinating and secret Cold War history to its modern multiculturalism, Ottawa has a fascinating and unexpected story.