Ottawa, Ontario, is Canada’s capital. It is located on the Ottawa River and borders Quebec.

The city is home to approximately 883,000 people. Ottawa is a bilingual city, with English predominant (64 percent of residents), followed by French (15 percent of residents). About one in five residents identify with a language other than these. Since the amalgamation of Ottawa and ten other municipalities in 2001, about a third of the city is now located in Quebec.

City of Ottawa Website
Living in Ottawa

Ottawa History

Ottawa was established in 1826 as Bytown, named for Colonel By, a British military engineer heading the construction of the Rideau Waterway. The town took the name “Ottawa” when it incorporated in 1855; it is believed the name is a derivation of “odawa,” an Algonquin word that means “to trade.” On January 1, 2001, Ottawa grew significantly with the amalgamation of several local communities: municipalities of Vanier, Nepean, Kanata, Gloucester and Cumberland; the village of Rockcliffe Park; and townships of Goulbourn, West Carleton, Rideau, and Osgoode."

History of Ottawa
Historical Society of Ottawa

Ottawa Weather

Ottawa is known for long, cold winters. More than two meters of snow is typical. The average high temperature in January is -6°C, while the average low temperature is -15°C. The average high temperature in July, the warmest month, is 26°C. The weather is generally sunny, and days with precipitation are spread fairly even throughout the year.

Ottawa Climate Data
Current Weather and Forecasts for Ottawa

Settle In

Cost of living in Ottawa

How much does it cost to live in Ottawa? The cost of living index (excluding rent) per Numbeo is about 68.0 which means it is about a third less expensive overall in comparison to New York City. The average rent of a one-bedroom apartment in City Centre is $1212 and $944 outside the Centre. The cost of living in Ottawa is about 5 percent higher than in Montreal but about ten percent lower than in Toronto.

Numbeo: Cost of Living in Ottawa
Cost Comparison: Ottawa vs. Toronto

Real Estate

The Ottawa Real Estate Board reports that during January of 2017, the average sale price of homes in Ottawa was $394,000 and the average sale price for a condominium class property was $288,655. The board reported 15,756 total residential units sold in 2016, a sales record. Over 200 neighbourhoods make up the city, giving you plenty of different areas to explore and find the perfect fit for your family.

Ottawa Neighbourhoods
Homes for Sale in Ottawa
Apartments and Condos for Rent Ottawa

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Public Health programs are administered by Ottawa Public Health under the direction of the Board of Health. Ottawa has four acute care hospitals and several specialized hospitals and clinics as well. The Ottawa Hospital, with three campuses, is one of the largest teaching hospitals in Canada.

Ottawa Public Health
Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres
Ottawa Hospital


Travelers to and from Ottawa rely on several airports, the primary one is Ottawa International Airport (YOW). VIA Rail provides regional passenger train service and Canadian National Railways handles freight. For travel in and around the city, OC Transpo provides public transit service with over 900 buses and six trains. In 2013, Ottawa began building the Confederation Line of light rail transit (LRT), the city’s largest infrastructure project since the creation of the Rideau Canal. It will be fully in service in 2018.

Ottawa International Airport
Cycling Around Ottawa
Confederation Line LRT


The Ottawa-Carlton District School Board oversees public education in the city with 143 schools serving K-12 students as well as adult learners. The curricula emphasizes both English and French languages. Among local institutions for higher education are four universities and two colleges.

Ottawa-Carlton District School Locator
Private Schools in Ottawa
Carleton University

Enjoy The City


Ottawa is not only Canada’s capital city, it is home to attractions and host of many events. So the city accommodates a lot of guests. If you’re visiting Parliament Hill, you may enjoy a stay at the Capital Hill & Suites, an economical three-star hotel and just a four-minute walk. Also nearby, the newly renovated Lord Elgin Hotel overlooks Confederation Park and offers upscale dining at Grill 41 Restaurant & Bar.

Ottawa Tourism: Where to Stay
B&Bs in Ottawa


You’ll find a cornucopia of dining delights in Ottawa, from fast food to formal dining and everything in between. And if you are hungry at 3 am, no worries. There are several 24-hour diners. Zak’s, located downtown, serves breakfast all day every day. Clover Food & Drink, a downtown bistro, gets good reviews for plating Canadian and Vegan cuisine at moderate prices.

Ottawa Food and Restaurant Blogs
Clover Food and Drink

Things To Do

A visit to Ottawa should include a tour of Canada’s seat of government, with guided tours of Centre Block daily and of East Block from July to early September. The National Gallery of Canada provides plenty of inspiration for lovers of art and photography. Spend an afternoon or an entire day immersing yourself in some of the world’s finest collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art.

Ottawa Events and Attractions
Parliament Hill
Collections in the National Gallery of Canada

Your Ottawa Movers:

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Ottawa, ON

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2370 Walkley Road
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Ottawa, ON

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2644 Glenfield Road
Ottawa, ON

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Ottawa, ON

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2710 Stevenage Dr.
Ottawa, ON

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