ABOUT OTTAWA 


Canada’s capital, Ottawa, is a dynamic, accessible, and cosmopolitan region of more than one million people where you will find Canada’s proud heritage, culture, and history on every corner. Located in the province of Ontario at the border with Quebec, it’s a place where you’ll meet people from all around the world and experience three cultures coming together: Indigenous, French-speaking, and English-speaking Canadian. 

It’s a city steeped in culture, with national museums and galleries displaying stunning collections and special exhibitions from Canada and from around the world, and national heritage sites such as the Parliament of Canada and Rideau Hall that reflect the stories of the entire country. 

Foodies are in for a treat as Ottawa’s culinary community is earning wide acclaim with its delicious world cuisine. Here you’ll find amazing shawarma and pho thanks to vibrant Lebanese and Vietnamese communities,  an adventurous craft brewery scene, and sinfully delicious bakeries, ice cream, and chocolate shops. With more than 1,000 farms within the city limits, and surrounded by a bountiful rural region, you’ll find plenty of locally grown ingredients at Ottawa’s many farmers’ markets and restaurants—from tasty garlic to berries and corn. Great meats such as bison and elk are raised in the region and an abundance of dairy farms means great cheeses, including those of the St. Albert Cheese Co-op, especially the squeaky cheese curds used in always-popular poutine. 

The city’s walkable and accessible downtown core—and the recent addition of the Light Rail Transit System (launched in early 2019)—allows you to easily explore the city’s distinctive neighbourhoods, including the bustling ByWard Market district  where you’ll find independent boutiques, pubs, restaurants, a farmers’ market, and great nightlife options; the Glebe for well-established boutiques and beautiful street art; Wellington West for local food shops, cafés, and craft breweries; Chinatown for its colourful royal archway and delicious Asian restaurants, and more.

Ottawa is a destination alive with celebrations, festivals, and events, beginning each year with February’s Winterlude, continuing through May’s Canadian Tulip Festival, heating up July 1 with the biggest Canada Day celebration in the country, and going all-out with headliner summer music festivals, Changing of the Guard ceremony and free nightly sound and light show on Parliament Hill.

Nature and accessible outdoor activities are an integral part of life in Ottawa, all year long. The city is an urban centre on the edge of nature where you can experience the outdoors right outside your hotel room, as well as in the surrounding countryside. The region boasts 800km (497 miles) of multi-use pathways. Experience the Rideau Canal—a UNESCO World Heritage Site running through downtown Ottawa—by boat, bike, or on foot (in winter, it becomes the world’s largest ice skating rink!), or try out whitewater rafting on the Ottawa River within sight of the downtown skyline. For those who seek wilderness experiences, Gatineau Park’s 363 square kilometres (almost 90,000 acres) of forests, lakes, and caves are located just a 15-minute drive north of downtown Ottawa.

We cannot wait to show you #MyOttawa! 

 

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