Canada’s capital city is located on the Ottawa River, on the border between the provinces of Ontario and Québec, and is intersected by the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ottawa is a vibrant, multicultural city, with year-round festivals, concerts, and special events.

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Annual Events:

  • Winterlude Festival
  • Ottawa’s Canada Day festivities on July 1st are the biggest in the country!

While government is Ottawa’s biggest employer, the city is also a growing high-tech centre. Ottawa is home to several technology companies, including Nortel, Corel, Mitel, Cognos and JDS Uniphase, as well as regional offices for 3M, Adobe Systems, IBM, Hewlett-Packard and others. It is also a major centre for health science and pharmaceuticals, with companies like Nordion and i-Stat based there.

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Destinations Outside Ottawa:

  • The 1,000 Islands, a scenic island chain on the St. Lawrence River east of Kingston, Ontario
  • Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada’s oldest provincial park, located between Ottawa and Toronto
  • Edelweiss Valley, a popular ski resort in the Gatineau region across the Quebec border
  • Upper Canada Village, an open-air museum southeast of Ottawa
  • For a weekend trip, Ottawa is perfectly located between Montreal, Québec and Toronto, Ontario—Canada’s two largest cities, offering a multitude of attractions, shopping destinations, concert halls, and sporting events.


Ottawa’s public transit network provides services to nearly one million people. With some services available 24 hours a day and over a dozen bus routes going through the University of Ottawa campus, OC Transpo is the preferred mode of transportation for students across the city of Ottawa.

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