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Overview of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ottawa, Ontario , is located on the eastern edge of the province of Ontario and is the capital of Canada. The city is the fourth largest in the nation, and has a population of roughly 808,391 and an area of around 2,778.64 km². Ottawa is home to a unique and important role in Canadian history, many scientific and heritage museums, and successful academic institutions, including Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. The city also boasts numerous private and public primary and secondary schools, a flourishing economy, numerous government and finance employment opportunities, and a beautiful landscape that includes the Rideau Canal and many parks and forests. The current city mayor is Bob Chiarelli, who works with 21 elected city councillors to ensure that the city runs smoothly and successfully.

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  • Population: 808,391
  • Population Density: 278.6/km²
  • Area: 2,778.64 km²
  • Latitude: 45°26? N
  • Longitude: 75°41? W
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Elevation: 80 m. above sea level
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Ottawa, Ontario

The land of the Ottawa region, now occupied by the capital city of Canada, was originally home to Algonquin First Nations peoples. Following European settlement, the region became a transport center between the Ottawa Valley and Montreal, with settlement in the area thus beginning. Queen Victoria chose Ottawa as the capital of Canada on December 31st, 1857. The choice came as a shock to the majority of Canadians due to the municipality's low population, but Ottawa was selected nonetheless because of its distance from the United States and its proximity between the borders of Canada West and East (presently the Ontario/Quebec border).

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Ottawa's Demographics

The city of Ottawa, Ontario, has a total population of roughly 808,391 people, a population density of around 278.6/km² and an annual growth rate of 1.3%. According to a 2001 census, 79.73% of Ottawa residents are caucasian, 4.89% East and Southeast Asian, 2.45% South Asian, 4.13% Caribbean and African, 0.91% Latin American, 4.53% Arab and West Asian, 3.26% Aboriginal and 0.09% Oceanic.

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Ottawa's Climate

Ottawa is prone to short, warm and humid summers, with an average July maximum temperature of 26.5°C. The city's winters are exceptionally cold and windy, with an average annual snowfall of 235 cm. The fall and spring seasons are notoriously unpredictable and prone to extreme temperatures. The average annual precicipation is roughly 943 mm and the city receives approximately 2,060 hours of annual sunshine (47% of the total possible amount).

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Education in Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa, Ontario, is home to numerous public primary and secondary schools, and English, French, Jewish and Christian private schools. Regarding post-secondary education, Ottawa boasts Carleton University, the University of Ottawa, Saint Paul University, Algonquin College, La Cité Collégiale, Herzing College and the Ottawa School of Art.

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Transportation around Ottawa, Ontario

Residents and tourists of Ottawa, Ontario, are served by the VIA Rail passenger service, inter-city bus companies such as Greyhound, the OC Transpo transit system and the Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport. The city also boasts numerous major highways, as well as an extensive network of cycling and pedestrian trails on and off major streets, thus allowing for an environmentally sustainable and healthy form of travel.

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Tourism and Attractions of Ottawa

Ottawa's major tourist attractions are centered on the city's importance as the capital of Canada and its numerous national museums. Notable buildings worth visiting in Ottawa include the Parliament Buildings – the home of Canada's government, 24 Sussex Drive – the home of the Canadian Prime Minister and Rideau Hall – the home of the Canadian Governor-General. National museums in Ottawa include the National Gallery of Ottawa, the Canadian War Museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Canada Aviation Museum and the Canada Science and Technology Museum.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Ottawa
  • Burnet
  • Larrimac
  • Cantley
  • Gleneagle
  • Tenaga
  • Chelsea
  • Quinnville
  • Jeanne-d'Arc
  • Ribot
  • Angers
  • Chelsea
  • Old Chelsea
  • Famers Rapids
  • Ironside
  • Heyworth
  • Breckenridge
  • Beau-Mont Acres
  • Simmons
  • Hull
  • Martins Corners
  • Queenswood Village
  • Orleans
  • Burromee
  • Blackburn Hamlet
  • Notre-Dame-des-Champs
  • Gatineau
  • Rockcliffe Park
  • Vanier
  • Aylmer
  • Watterson Corners
  • Manotick
  • Herbert Corners
  • Manotick Station
  • Johnston Corners
  • Ficko
  • Honeygables
  • Limebank
  • Hearts Desire
  • Rideau Glen
  • Greely
  • South Gloucester
  • Piperville
  • Carlsbad Springs
  • Ramsayville
  • Gloucester
  • Blossom Park
  • Leitrim
  • Kempark
  • Metcalfe
  • Edwards
  • Chartrand

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Geography of Ottawa, Ontario

The city of Ottawa, Ontario, contains the mouths of the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal and is located on the south bank of the Ottawa River. The city's financial and commercial district is located to the west of the Rideau Canal, the older downtown part of the city lies between the canal and the rivers, and between the downtown region and the Ottawa River are the Parliament Buildings.

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Ottawa's Government

The city of Ottawa, Ontario, is the capital of Canada, and the political views of the city's residents are relatively diverse. In the majority of provincial and national elections, however, most of Ottawa's citizens support the politically central Liberal Party. As a city, Ottawa is governed by a city council consisting of 21 city councillors and a mayor. The councillors are elected in their representative wards throughout the city and the mayor is elected at large. The current Ottawa mayor is Bob Chiarelli.

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Ottawa's Economy and Industry

The primary employers in Ottawa are the hi-tech industry and the Canadian federal government. Coined the “silicon valley north”, Ottawa is home to the major offices of many influential companies, such as Bell Canada, Dell, Fidus, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Agere, Logic Vision, Corel, Adobe Systems, Telus, Nortel and MBNA Canada Bank.

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Ottawa's Culture and Significant Events

Ottawa, Ontario, is home to numerous theatrical productions , art galleries and concerts. Annual cultural events held in the city include the Canada Dance Festival, the Ottawa Fringe Festival, the Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival, the CKCU Ottawa Folk Festival, the Ottawa International Children's Festival, Winterlude, the Tulip Festival, Ottawa Bluesfest, the Ottawa Canada Day Festival and the Ottawa International Hockey Festival.

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Sports in Ottawa, Ontario

The city of Ottawa, Ontario, hosts many successful professional and amateur sports teams, including the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League, the Ottawa Renegades of the Canadian Football League, the Ottawa Lynx of AAA baseball, the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League and the Ottawa Fury of the United Soccer Leagues. The city also supports sporting activities for visitors and residents, including skating on the Rideau Canal and cycling or jogging along the Ottawa River.

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Media of Ottawa

Ottawa, Ontario, is home to numerous local radio stations, newspapers and magazines, as well as the head offices of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), the Canadian Geographic, and many other national media outlets.

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