Ottawa is a fabulous place to live, work and call home. Not only is there an extensive variety of things to see and take in, but there is also an endless supply of things to do and experience. Deciding where to start is the hard part!
Will it be to take in the breath taking view of Parliament Hill? Or will it be to visit one of the fabulous museums in the area? Maybe you will decide to take a walk and wander through the wonderful rows of vendors and artists that occupy the ByWard market. Or perhaps the excitement of an Ottawa Senators NHL game is what you are after. Whatever it is you decide to do in Ottawa, there is a vast variety of entertainment, food and year-round outdoor activities just waiting for you!
If you are looking for a new spot to try out, check out our blog to see what we’ve discovered around town!
Aside from the activities and entertainment that the Ottawa area can offer there are also a multitude of services the city provides.
The following links will help you get started here in Ottawa:
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (English-Public)
Ottawa Catholic School Board (English-Catholic in Ottawa)
Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (English-Catholic outside the city)
Conseil des écoles publique de l’Est de l’Ontario (French-Public)
Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (French Catholic)
Did you know?
- the Canal took 6 years to build and measures 202 kilometers. It reaches Lake Ontario at the City of Kingston, Ontario.
- every July the city hosts the biggest one-day beach volleyball tournament in the World, attracting over 10,000 players to the Alcatel HOPE Volleyball Summerfest.
- Blessed with more farmland than any other large city in Canada, Ottawa’s farming revenues are more than Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary combined.
- Ottawa hosts more than 35 major festivals per year – including the Tulip Festival, Bluesfest, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, International Jazz Festival and Winterlude.
- There were approximately 522,000 jobs in Ottawa when last enumerated. Major sectors are: advanced technology 68,000, federal government 103,000, health and education 79,000, and trade 61,000. (2006 Employment Survey)
- Ottawa is one of the nation’s younger cities, with half of the population under the age of 38.
- 77% of Ottawa’s population speak English at home, while 11% speak French and 12% speak a non-official language, including Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Spanish, and more than 100 others.
- 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).
- Ottawa can be found at: Latitude 45° 19’N and Longitude 75° 40’W. This is approximately the same latitude as Venice (Italy), Bordeaux (France), and Sapporo (Japan).