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Ottawa is the capital of Canada, located in the province of Ontario. The city itself has a population of 883,000, while the metropolitan area live just over a million (2011). The capital city is located on the Ottawa River in eastern Ontario, and several bridges connect it with neighboring Hull, Québec.
Ottawa’s history dates back to 1826, and capital of the function it has had since 1867, when Canada became a state.
Ottawa is characterized by being the country’s administrative center – and also an important university. Ever since the 1920s there has been continuous and extensive renovation of the center. Ottawa is therefore considered to be a beautiful and clean city, with a number of green spaces in the form of spacious, beautiful parks and walkways.
In Ottawa, there are also a large number of museums and national cultural institutions. Among these are the National Arts Centre (theater, opera and concert hall) and the Art Museum “National Gallery of Canada.” Also the impressive historical museum “Musée Canadien des Civilisations”, a visit, even though it is geographically located in the “twin city” Hull. “Canadian War Museum” is also one of the city’s most popular destinations. This is Canada’s national museum of military history.
Ottawa’s most famous landmark is the Parliament building with Peace Tower, located on the 8 km long Rideau canal. In winter use channel rink, making it a popular recreation area.Rideau canal and river Oiiawa connects Ottawa to Kingston town of Lake Ontario.The canal was opened already in 1832, and since 2007 it has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
The nearest airport is Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport, located 15 miles south of downtown.