Ottawa is a beautiful city with a plethora of things to do and see. There are many sights you must see while visiting, such as the National War Memorial, Parliament Hill, and the ByWard Market. You can also explore museums like the Canadian Museum of History and Confederation Square Park on your trip.
Below you can check out 15 awesome facts about Ottawa
1. We will begin with the obvious… and that is, Ottawa is Canada’s capital city.
2. The current mayor of the city is Jim Watson.
3. The city’s largest employer is the federal government.
4. Ottawa is located on the Ottawa River in a territory surrounded by Gatineau, Quebec.
5. It was founded in 1827 as Bytown.
6. The city has many historic buildings and sights to see, such as Ottawa’s Parliament Hill and the Rideau Canal.
7. The Rideau Canal is a system of locks on the canal that connects the city to Kingston, Ontario, and Montréal, Québec. The connection is used for commercial shipments of goods from Canada to its American neighbours through Lake Ontario, while still allowing ship traffic to pass through both waterways.
8. The city of Ottawa is the 6th largest city in the nation behind Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton. Ottawa is home to about 1 million people.
9. Ottawa was once the capital of Upper Canada and later the Province of Canada.
10. Ottawa is home to both The National Arts Centre and the National Gallery of Canada, and it is also home to two main public television stations in Canada: CBC Ottawa, and CTV Ottawa (CTV News). The city boasts several other television stations that serve to reach out to residents throughout the city.
11. Thousands of people come to Ottawa each year for its winter activities, from skiing at Mont-Sainte-Anne or Mont Tremblant, to tobogganing down a slope at Christian Lacroix Park or skating on Rideau Canal Ice Rink.
12. The city is home to the Ottawa Senators. They are a professional hockey team that plays in the National hockey league (NHL).
13. The Ottawa Gee-Gees who are members of the U Sports football conference and compete in the Ontario University Athletics.
14. Ottawa is home to a Tier 1 Junior “A” ice hockey team called the Nepean Raiders.
15. Ottawa has a very high literacy rate thanks to having some of the best universities and colleges such as Algonquin College, Carleton University, and the University of Ottawa.