Ottawa is Canada’s capital city and sits on the south bank of the Ottawa River in eastern Ontario across from Quebec. It is the fourth largest city in Canada and is part of Gatineau, Quebec to form the National Capital Region. Ottawa is at the confluence of three rivers, the Gatineau, Rideau and the Ottawa River. The population is almost 900,000 and the National Capital Region has a total population of over 1,200,000. It is a multicultural centre with a diverse population. Ottawa’s climate is humid continental. Although there is about 2,130 hours of (average) sunshine a year, this city gets very cold in the winter with -5°C as the average daytime high temperature. Summers are very warm with an average of 26°C.
This is a vibrant city with no shortage of things to see or do. If you enjoy an exciting nightlife there are plenty of nightclubs, entertainment, pubs, and sports bars to choose from. Take in an N.H.L. game and cheer on the Ottawa Senators. Be sure to take advantage of a myriad of recreational opportunities. A short drive into the Gatineau’s provides a wealth of outdoor adventures and intoxicating natural beauty. Ottawa has dozens of eating establishments that provide fine or casual dining and everything in between. This city is rich with culture. Museums, galleries, architectural wonders, historical landmarks and world-class exhibitions help to keep Ottawa’s past very much in the forefront. There are several museums to explore including the Aviation and Space Museum and the Canada Science and Technology Museum. Many special events take place throughout the year and of course there are some incredible shopping opportunities that include local artisans to make any visit to Ottawa complete.