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2,790 km²



Average Annual Temperature

6 °C

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Summary of Ottawa

Ottawa is the capital city of Canada. It stands on the south bank of the Ottawa River in the eastern portion of southern Ontario. Ottawa borders Gatineau, Quebec, and forms the core of the Ottawa–Gatineau census metropolitan area (CMA) and the National Capital Region (NCR). As of 2016, Ottawa had a city population of 934,243 and a metropolitan population of 1,476,008 making it the fourth-largest city and the fifth-largest CMA in Canada. In June 2019, the City of Ottawa estimated it had surpassed a population of one million.

Founded in 1826 as Bytown, and incorporated as Ottawa in 1855, the city has evolved into the political centre of Canada. Its original boundaries were expanded through numerous annexations and were ultimately replaced by a new city incorporation and amalgamation in 2001 which significantly increased its land area. The city name Ottawa was chosen in reference to the Ottawa River, the name of which is derived from the Algonquin Odawa, meaning "to trade".

Ottawa has the most educated population among Canadian cities and is home to a number of top colleges and universities, research and cultural institutions, including the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, the National Arts Centre, the National Gallery of Canada, and numerous national museums.

There's more coming tomorrow than there was today. Quite a few people coming from Ottawa to watch. There were still a lot of people out there today. Some coming from farther tomorrow.
-- Alaine Chartrand. Canadian former competitive figure skater.
Ottawa Ranked
  • Newcomers
    Ottawa is also ranked #1 as the best place to live for newcomers to Canada.
  • Best places to live
    Ottawa 14th in the world and 3rd in North America in a 2009 survey of the best places to live.
  • Bicycle and Walk Friendly
    Ottawa 1th in the Ontario in a 2020 Survay.As of 2019, the City of Ottawa manages 350 km of multi-use pathways
  • Technology, Talent and Tolerance
    Ottawa was rated as the best overall city in Canada . Ottawa was ahead of major cities like New York, Boston, Washington, San Jose and London, England.
  • Eco-cities
    Ottawa tied for 3rd in the world in the ranking of best eco-cities in 2010.
  • Safest cities
    Ottawa has continually ranked among the safest cities in Canada, with a crime rate of around 40 percent below the Canadians.
  • Bilingual city
    Ottawa is bilingual city and a large percentage of the population speaks both English and French.
  • Youngest cities
    Nearly half the population is under the age of 35 – making it one of the youngest cities in the country.
  • Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre ≈ 1,611.67 CAD
  • Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre ≈ 1,229.06 CAD
  • Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre ≈ 2,743.75 CAD
  • Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre ≈ 2,085.19
  • Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre ≈ 5,068.50 CAD
  • Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre ≈ 3,555.79 CAD
  • internet ≈ 55 CAD
  • Electricity used for lighting ≈ 25 CAD
  • Milk (regular), (1 liter) ≈ 2.69 CAD
  • Rice (white), (1kg) ≈ 4.32 CAD
  • Eggs (regular) (12) ≈ 3.37 CAD
  • Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) ≈ 18.66 CAD
  • Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) ≈ 2.72 CAD
  • Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) ≈ 16.00 CAD
  • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) ≈ 3.60 CAD
  • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) ≈ 120.00 CAD
  • Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) ≈ 2.00 CAD
  • Gasoline (1 liter) ≈ 1.21 CAD
  • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult ≈ 57.12 CAD
  • Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) ≈ 30.71 CAD
  • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat ≈ 14.38 CAD
  • University of Ottawa ≈ $25,554
  • Carleton University ≈ $25,379.5
  • algonquin college ≈ $16,200 – $22,000
  • Herzing College à Ottawa ≈ $14,200
  • Dominican University ≈ $13650.21
Cost of Living Per Month ( 2 persons)
  • Housing
    Rent Apartment and Hydro : $1,611.67
  • Internet
    Internet : $55.00
  • Phone
    Phone with interet : $43.00
  • Transportation
    Transportation : $120.00
  • Groceries
    Groceries and household items : $318.56
  • Entertainment
    Entertainment and dining out : $130.00
  • Health
    Health and fitness : $57.12
  • Extras
    haircuts, clothes,broken phone screen and so on. : $125.00
  • Total

Parliament Hill

Parliament Buildings, structures in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, that house the Canadian Parliament (the Senate and House of Commons). The buildings, which are designed in a Gothic Revival style, officially opened on June 6, 1866, about a year before Canada’s Confederation. On February 3, 1916, a fire destroyed all but the Library of Parliament. Reconstruction began later that year and was completed in 1927.
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Rideau Canal

The 200-kilometer-long (but only 1.6-meter-deep) Rideau Canal, connects Ottawa with Kingston on Lake Ontario. Sometimes also called the Rideau Waterway, it was originally intended as a strategic route between Montréal and Lake Ontario, the military need for which was demonstrated during the war with the United States in 1812. In summer, the canal and locks are an active waterway. Fun things to do include taking a Rideau Canal cruise aboard one of the many tour boats that ply the water here (better still, splash out on an overnight cruise of the canal!).
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Peace Tower

The panoramic view from the observation deck at the top of the Peace Tower (Tour de la Paix), the highest point in Ottawa, encompasses Parliament Hill, the entire city, the river, Gatineau, and the hills to the north. On your way up in the elevator, you will get a look at the tower's bells, and there is a memorial room to Canadians who died in WWI. While access to the tower - sometimes also called the "Tower of Victory and Peace" - is free, you must first get a ticket. (Check the official government site below for details.)
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Canadian War Museum

Located beside the Ottawa River, the strikingly modern Canadian war Museum (Musée Canadien de la Guerre) explores Canada's military past. Exhibits cover everything from the fighting between French and Iroquois people in the 16th century through the Canadian contribution to the First and Second World Wars. There are also displays relating to the role of modern peacekeepers. US visitors will find it especially interesting to see the history of familiar historical events, such as the War of 1812, from the Canadian perspective. Some of the exhibits are interactive, and the collection of military vehicles displayed includes more than 50 tanks, jeeps, motorcycles, armored trucks, even Hitler's limousine. A café and gift shop are located on the premises.
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1. It is a Safe City

Ottawa is consistently ranked as one of the safest cities in the whole country based on annual crime figures; violent crimes, robberies, and assaults are continually registered as happening infrequently, along with minor crimes such as car theft and vandalism. Ottawa is also perceived as the safest city in Canada, with Canadians saying they feel safer when visiting the city than they do in other cities, and the majority of residents saying they are happy to walk alone at night without worrying. Safety is a huge factor when it comes to living anywhere, especially in a city, but Ottawa has a great reputation for safety.

3. It is Beautiful

A quick Google image search will show you just how beautiful this city is; with a combination of the Ottawa River, the lush greenery that wraps itself around the city lines, and the delightful Gothic architecture, it is certainly a beautiful place to live! To make it even better, and accentuate its true beauty, keeping the city clean is important to both the residents and the government officials, so rarely will you find a corner of the city that is strewn in rubbish or leaves a bad taste in your mouth; it is a real positive to live in a place where you feel like people actually care about the upkeep of the city.

5. Education

If you are wanting to move to a new place in order to study, then the quality of the city’s universities are no doubt important. Fortunately, Ottawa has some of the best university education available in the country, with the highest number of residents per capita who have completed a PhD., and the largest number of scientists and engineers. Given the statistics, it is undeniable that Ottawa takes education very seriously, and the high graduation rates from the two universities and both colleges, show that it is a fantastic place to be to get a good quality education.

2. Low Unemployment

Ottawa is located in the province of Ontario, overall Ontario has a lower unemployment rate compared to Canada as a whole, which is largely due to the even lower unemployment rate in Ottawa. It might be a smaller city than other cities in Canada, but since Ottawa is the capital of the country and a government city, jobs are much easier to come by. You have a greater chance of finding a job here than in the vast majority of other cities in Canada, with there being a lot of focus placed on getting people back into work and lowering the unemployment rate as much as possible.

4. Activities

Due to the abundance of varying nature and different landscapes in Ottawa, there are a whole host of different activities you can experience while living there. If you like hiking then around the city there are about 90 miles worth of hiking trails for you to get stuck into, the landscape that goes around the city is extremely diverse in its topography and animals, meaning you get the city life while always being close to nature. Ottawa also has several parks that you can enjoy such as Omega Park and Gatineau Park, where no matter what the season is, the lakes, the cliff faces and the spectrum of color contained within them will always give you something to take your breath away.

6. Food

Ottawa does food really well, and you will find an abundance of coffee shops, restaurants, and bakeries all serving the traditional Canadian food that everyone knows and loves, and you will be hard-pressed to find an eatery in Ottawa that is less than top quality. Breakfast, especially, is always wonderful experience, and you can pop in any place to show a huge selection of foods to choose from, whether you are in the mood for pancake battered bacon, maple syrup donuts, maple bacon french toast, or stuffed croissants, Ottawa has it all. Additionally, with the slight French influence in the city, you can also find some real good quality French-Canadian restaurants that will taste just as good as anything you will find in France.

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