Ottawa was chosen by Queen Victoria in the mid-19th century to serve as the capital of Canada
Located along the Ontario
side of the Ottawa River, the waterway forms the natural boundary between the provinces of Ontario and Quebec
; and the two are connected by several bridges.
This unique North American
capital city is bilingual - the majority of people speak English and a significant number are French
The cities of Montreal
, Quebec and Toronto
, Ontario are within an easy driving distance. Ottawa serves as a convenient base for an extended Canada vacation with its rich natural beauty and opportunites for adventure.
Boasting a magnificent downtown with renovated 19th and early 20th century buildings, rows of neat Victorian houses, and carpets of tulips and daffodils cloaking residences, Ottawa is an impressive Canadian city.
A magnet for houseboats and cabin cruisers in the summer and the world's largest ice-skating rink in the winter; the beautiful Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, cuts a swath through the middle of it all.
ADDITIONAL ONTARIO CITY PAGES:
Tulips from the Tulip Festival
- Ottawa is one of the nation's youngest cities with over 40% of the population under the age of 35.
- Ottawa visitors can stay at a guest hostel that was formerly a prison and the last place to host a public hanging in Canada!
- Ottawa hosts more than 35 major festivals per year - including the Tulip Festival, Bluesfest and Winterlude.
- Famous Ontario natives who hail from Ottawa include Alanis Morissette, Dan Aykroyd, Paul Anka, and Wayne Gretzky, to name a few.