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City of Ottawa Ontario:
Canada's Capital

The city of Ottawa Ontario is Canada's capital and it's a pleasant laid-back city, particularly in summer when the parliament is away. 

The Capital area also includes Hull-Gatineau, across the Ottawa River in Quebec.

Ottawa's suburbs, such as Kanata, are home to many of Canada's important companies. Software company Corel, for example, has its Head Office there.

In a nation's capital, you get its cultural promotions. Those things the government and people think demonstrate their uniqueness. In Ottawa's case it's the Canadian Museums of Agriculture, Aviation, Civilization, Currency (money), Nature, Science & Technology, and everybody's favorite, War.

Other National Museums in Ottawa include the Library and Archives of Canada and the Laurier House Historic Site.

City of Ottawa Ontario -- History

Ottawa Ontario locks from Rideau to ttawa River

Originally called Bytown, after Colonel By, who was in charge of building the Rideau Canal (finished 1832), Ottawa developed from a worker's camp, then the growing town's name and status changed to 'city' in 1855, until, in 1857, Ottawa was promoted to being Canada's Capital by Queen Victoria.

The photo above shows the locks joining the Rideau Canal and the Ottawa River.

Perhaps the only reminder of Bytown today is the district of Byward, with its famous market and the Bytown Museum, which tells the story of Ottawa's earliest years.

Ottawa Ontario scen

Canada, in common with other federal-type developing countries, wanted a capital that was separate from the existing principal cities so none of the established cities was offended.

In Canada's case, the city of Ottawa Ontario was a nicely neutral location between Montreal and Toronto, the two main contenders at the time, though Kingston too was lobbying hard for the honor.

The location, with a prosperous province of Quebec town alongside the Ontario one, made it a 'safe' choice.

Since then, the city of Ottawa Ontario has grown from a handful of settlers then to over 800,000 people today.

Canada's Parliament Building was added in 1859 and Rideau Hall, the Governor-General's official residence since 1864 (it was built earlier and much modified).

This photo shows the modern War Memorial.

Ottawa Today

Ottawa Ontario Parliament Hill

Along with Parliament, Parliament Building shown here, is the Federal civil service, housed in buildings throughout the city.

Where you have government, you soon get company headquarters and Ottawa is no exception.

Cultural Events and Visitor Attractions

Ottawa Ontario Sparks Street Buskers Fair

Cultural attractions are a part of the things to do and things to see in any city. Less formal entertainment -- such as theatre, shows, art galleries, movies, shopping, and sports -- usually make up the greater part.

Worth a special mention in cultural attractions is the August Holiday Weekend Sparks Street Buskers Festival where 'street performers' from around the world come to strut their stuff, everything from acrobats, clowns, drummers (as in the photo), jugglers, singers and everything in-between.

Ottawa Ontario street view

There are a number of sports teams to watch, include the Ottawa Senators (Ottawa's NHL ice hockey team) and the Ottawa 67s (Ontario Hockey League). As well, a number of Junior Canadian football teams, the Sooners, Riders, and Cumberland Panthers play in Ottawa and I mustn't forget the Ottawa Fury, the women's soccer team.

Ottawa Ontario, world's largest outdoor skating rink - the Rideau anal

Outdoor participation sports include the world's largest skating rink -- the Rideau Canal, shown in the photo above, which freezes each winter and is open to skaters of all ages and abilities with plenty of stops for rest and refreshment along its banks. Downhill skiing is well represented with plenty of slopes in the hills around and near the city.

The city of Ottawa Ontario hosts the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, and a number of other more local galleries, such as the Ottawa Art Gallery. Being the capital, Ottawa has impressive galleries. If art is your passion though, don't miss the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.

Ottawa Ontario Byward Market scen

Theatres include the National Arts Centre, the Great Canadian Theatre Company, and Centrepointe Theatre.The photo isn't a theater of that sort but an everyday people-watching-type theatre. It's Byward market on a summer's day.

The Ottawa Transport Commission (OTCO) operates buses throughout the city of Ottawa Ontario and suburbs, with specially designed pick up and drop off points in many locations, rather than old-fashioned bus stops (though they have them too), to speed progress for commuters by bus or car.

Hotels and other places to stay include luxury hotels like the Chateau Laurier or the Lord Elgin, as well as the regular international chains, such as Marriott and Holiday Inn, as well as suite hotels, like the Minto. But more of that later.

More ideas for things to do in Ottawa can be found here.

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