About Ottawa

  • Ottawa  lies between the Ottawa River, the Rideau River, and the Rideau Canal. Convenient to major U.S. and Canadian urban centers, Ottawa is located approximately 100 km from the American border, 200 km from Montreal, and 400 km from Toronto.
  • Ottawa is the capital city of Canada and has a population of 1,200,000  which makes Ottawa the fourth-largest urban area in Canada.
  • Almost 50 per cent of Ottawa residents hold a post-secondary degree, certificate or diploma making residents among the most highly educated in Canada.
  • Ottawa is one of the nation’s youngest cities with nearly half of the population under the age of 35.
  • According to Statistics Canada, families in Ottawa had the highest median incomes of any Canadian city in 2001.
  • Mercer Human Resources International recently placed Ottawa 18th in a survey of 200 cities worldwide for best quality of life. Another study by Mercer found that Ottawa is the least expensive major city in which to live in North America
  • Blessed with more farmland than any other city in Canada, Ottawa’s farming revenues are more than Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary combined.
  • Ottawa’s active workforce comprises approximately: 78,000 in advanced technology, 73,000 in the federal government, 70,000 in health and education, and 57,000 in trades.
  • Ottawa is known as ‘Silicon Valley North’
  • More than 1,800 advanced technology companies employ more than 76,000 people.
  • Ottawa hosts more than 35 major festivals per year – including the Tulip Festival, Bluesfest and Winterlude.
  • Ottawa temperatures can range from 33°C (91°F) in summer to -40°C (-40°F) in winter, with average summer temperatures around 20°C (68°F) and average winter temperatures around -10°C (14°F).
  • In the winter, the Ottawa portion of the Canal is made into a gigantic skating rink — the largest in the world.
  • The Rideau Canal is North America’s oldest operating 19th-century canal. Most of the locks are still cranked open by old-fashioned muscle power.
  • The original purpose of the Rideau Canal was to provide a safe supply route between Montreal and the Great Lakes in case of attack by the United States.
  • The canal was one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century requiring the construction of 24 dams and 46 locks.

 

Ottawa Links


Telus Phone Co.
The Ottawa Citizen
The Ottawa Sun
The Barrhaven Independent
The Kanata Kourier Standard
The Nepean-Barrhaven News
The Stittsville News Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Ottawa-Carleton Catholic School Board
French Public School Board (Conseil Des Ecoles Publiques de L’Est de l’Ontario)
French Catholic School Board (Conseil Scolaire de District Catholique de Centre-Est de l’Ontario)
Algonquin College
University of Ottawa
Carleton University
La cite collegiale
St. Paul University