The Nations Capital
Ottawa's population is over 1.2 million (the greater Ottawa region).
Ottawa is one of the nation’s youngest cities with nearly half of the population under the age of 35.
In 2001, families in Ottawa had the highest median incomes of any Canadian city.
When it comes to everything from arts and culture to parks and recreation and police services,
94% of residents feel Ottawa is the best place to raise a family.
Ottawa hosts more than 35 major festivals per year – including the Tulip Festival, Bluesfest and Winterlude.
Ottawa is situated on the south bank of the Ottawa River, and contains the mouths of the Rideau River and Rideau Canal. The oldest part of the city (including what remains of Bytown) is known as Lower Town, and occupies an area between the canal and the rivers. Across the canal to the west lies Centretown (often just called "downtown"), which is the city's financial and commercial hub. Situated between Centretown and the Ottawa River, the slight elevation of Parliament Hill is home to many of the capital's landmark government buildings, including the Peace Tower, and the Legislative seat of Canada. As of June 29, 2007, the Rideau Canal, which stretches 202 km (126 mi) to Kingston, Fort Henry and four Martello towers in the Kingston area was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
With over 1.2 million people living in the greater Ottawa region, Ottawa is the second largest city in Ontario and fourth largest in Canada. Because Ottawa is the core of an urban area extending into French-speaking Quebec (Gatieau), the city is very bilingual. Languages spoken include English (50%), French (32%) and a host of other languages including significant capabilities in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese and Arabic.
Ottawa's primary employers are the Canadian federal government and the hi-tech industry. Ottawa is home to such high tech giants as Nortel Networks, Alcatel, Cognos, Tundra, Cisco, MDS Nordion and Entrust. Our technology companies are complemented by Dell, MBNA Canada, ING Direct, Clarica and MD Management. With the highest-educated workforce in Canada, Ottawa has more engineers, scientists and PhDs per capita than any other city in the country. Canada's Capital region welcomes over 7.3 million visitors per year, who spend over $1.18 billion. Mercer Human Resources International recently placed Ottawa 18th in a survey of 200 cities worldwide for best quality of life. Another study by Mercer found that Ottawa is the least expensive major city in which to live in North America.
sources: www.ottawa.com & www.wikipedia.org