Nation’s Capital

Ottawa has been the Capital of Canada since 1857 when Queen Victoria chose a town half way between Montreal (the French centre) and Toronto (the English centre). Since then, the Capital has flourished as a blend of the two cultures offering a unique living experience. The houses of Parliament, dating back to the 1880s, have a stunning view overlooking the Ottawa River and the historic Rideau Canal, which winds its way 198 km to Kingston Ontario.

In summer, thousands of boaters travel the Rideau Canal and, in winter, it is transformed into the world’s largest skating rink. Other historical sites include the Byward Market, which still presents local farmer’s produce as well as local arts and crafts, and the Mackenzie King Estate in the nearby Gatineau Park.

If you are interested in sports, take in an NHL home game of the Ottawa Senators at the Corel centre or the Ottawa Renegades, our local CFL team at Landsdowne Park. It is also home to the Ottawa Lynx AAA Baseball club.

For the “culture vultures” there are world class museums such as the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the National Gallery of Canada with the finest collection of Canadian art in the world.

Truly there is something for everyone in the Nation’s Capital, a cosmopolitan city of over one million people with world class dining, shopping and entertainment experiences.

For details on these and other attractions you can call the Capital Call Centre at
1-800-465-1867 or (613) 239-5000. Browse the Capital Infocentre web site at or write to Capital Infocentre. 90 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario.
The Capital Infocentre will gladly send you a Visitor’s guide booklet, a veritable fountain of information on all that Ottawa can offer.

Useful Websites for your Visit to Ottawa
Ottawa Information And Resources  
Ottawa Tourism & Convention Authority

Submitted by By The Way Bed and Breakfast.

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