2001 population: 774,072
(Source: Statistics Canada)
Capital of Canada
Ottawa is a city in the province of Ontario. It is on the Ottawa River.
The city's name derives from Algonkian for "to trade."
Former and merged community names include:
The site for the community began to be developed in 1827, just before the start of construction on the Rideau Canal that would connect the St. Lawrence River to the Ottawa River.
The community was incorporated in 1850 as the town of Bywater. In 1855, when it became a city, its name was changed to Ottawa.
In 1857, Queen Victoria made the city the capital of Canada.
The current city of Ottawa was created in 2001, through the merger of the former region of Ottawa-Carleton and the 11 municipalities in the region.
Well-known residents have included:
· Alanis Morissette, singer
· Paul Anka, singer
· Margaret Atwood, writer
· Dan Akroyd, comedian, actor
· Rich Little, comedian
Local festivals include:
· Folk Festival - Aug. 16-19, 2007
· Canadian Tulip Festival - May 18-21, 2007
· Central Canada Exhibition - Aug. 16-26, 2007
· Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest - July 6-15, 2007
· Lumiere Festival - Aug. 11, 2007
Dates often change. Check Ottawa web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Gatineau Provincial Park, Rideau Canal Skateway
Sports teams: Senators (NHL), Renegades (CFL)
Historic sites and museums: Canada Aviation Museum, Canadian War Museum, Cumberland Township Historical Society, Bytown Museum, Karsh Masson Gallery, Canada & the World Pavilion, Canadian Ski Museum, City Hall Art Gallery, Billings Estate Museum, Currency Museum of the Bank of Canada, Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, Ottawa Art Gallery, Canada Agricultural Museum, Canada Science & Technology Museum, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, National Gallery, Canadian Museum of Nature
Colleges and universities: University of Ottawa, Carleton University, La Cit? coll?giale
"Ottawa, the plain, cold old canal town chosen as the nation's compromise capital by a queen named Victoria who never saw the country, remains a cold, old canal town with hourly flights to Canada's other real centers of power, a would-be huddle of electronics companies and one old industry, a frustrated federal government isolated from the country by geography and its own sense of self-importance."
-- The Canadians (1992)
Andrew H. Malcolm
Transit: OC Transpo