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Ottawa is the nation’s capital and home to Canada’s federal government. Metropolitan Ottawa has a population of approximately 1,000,000 and is located on the border of Quebec. The Ottawa River borders Ottawa, and the city has the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal. The Gatineau Hills are about 20 minutes drive from downtown Ottawa, along with the Gatineau Park, lakes and ski resorts in Quebec. Ottawa is famous for the number of parks within the city, outdoor activities, festivals and concerts such as Winterlude, Canada Day, and the jazz festival. There are two universities, Carleton University and University of Ottawa, and a number of museums (e.g., Science and Technology, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Canadian Aviation Museum). There is also the National Gallery of Canada, the National Arts Centre, and the National Library.

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