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:
· Margaret Atwood, writer
· Alanis Morissette, singer
· Dan Akroyd, comedian, actor
· Paul Anka, singer
· Rich Little, comedian
Local festivals include:
· Canadian Tulip Festival - May 18-21, 2007
· Lumiere Festival - Aug. 11, 2007
· Central Canada Exhibition - Aug. 16-26, 2007
· Folk Festival - Aug. 16-19, 2007
· Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest - July 6-15, 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: Renegades (CFL), Senators (NHL)
Historic sites and museums: Billings Estate Museum, Bytown Museum, Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, Canada & the World Pavilion, Canada Aviation Museum, Canadian Ski Museum, Canadian War Museum, City Hall Art Gallery, Cumberland Township Historical Society, Currency Museum of the Bank of Canada, Karsh Masson Gallery, Ottawa Art Gallery, Canadian Museum of Nature, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Canada Agricultural Museum, National Gallery, Canada Science & Technology Museum
Colleges and universities: Carleton University, University of Ottawa, 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