Ottawa is a big city with a small-town feel and has been described as one of the most beautiful capitals in the world. Ottawa is surrounded by lush forests and provides residents with many great trails for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Minutes from the downtown core are the Gatineau Hills, another popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts looking to get away from the city.
Ottawa caters to all lifestyles from the downtown urban core to family-oriented communities to rural country atmospheres. There are a variety of sports, arts, entertainment, and fine dining venues to enjoy.
The National Capital Region boasts the finest in Canadian arts, culture and history. Tour the Parliament Buildings, admire the treasures within the National Gallery of Canada (or one of many museums!), and enjoy a performance at the National Arts Centre. We are also the city of festivals! Festivals are an ongoing part of life in Ottawa and include the internationally recognized Winterlude, the Jazz Festival, Bluesfest, Canadian Tulip Festival, Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival, National Capital Air Show and many more.
There are three universities and three colleges throughout the city, as well as public and private school options in English, French and other languages.
For more information about relocating to Ottawa and life in our beautiful city, please visit some of the websites below:
Last updated on: January 5th, 2021