Ottawa Essential Info

Overview

Ottawa is the capital of Canada. The city is situated along the Ontario side of the Ottawa River, opposite Gatineau, Quebec. The metropolitan population of Ottawa is 1.1 million and is currently the fourth largest city in Canada, and the second largest in Ontario after Toronto.

Unique as a North American capital, the city is bilingual. English is the first language of a majority of the population, but French is the first language of a significant number. Staff in most stores and restaurants speak both well and, in general, bilingualism is common.

Ottawa is home to many of the world's cultures as thousands of immigrants from around the world now call Ottawa home. The city is probably best known as the nation's capital but has become one of the fastest growing cities in North America owing to the booming high-tech business sector.

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Best Time To Go

Apr-Jul, Sep

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Fun Facts

  1. Ottawa is the seventh coldest capital in the world.
  2. Rideau Canal is the oldest continuously operated canal system in North America and Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site
  3. Saunders Farm has the world’s largest collection of hedge mazes.
  4. The Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa is the most visited museum in Canada!
  5. Founded as the Ottawa Drama League in 1913, Ottawa Little Theatre is Canada’s oldest amateur theatrical group.

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