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Welcome to Ottawa

Ottawa is the capital city of Canada. Located in the eastern portion of southern Ontario, this city borders Gatineau to create the National Capital Region and the name itself is a reference to the Ottawa River and the city’s Algonquin roots.

Neighbourhood characteristics

Pet Friendly

Vibrant

Lively

Historic

Unique Boutiques

Green Spaces

Water Views

Walkable

Nightlife

Foodie's Favourite

Multicultural

Family Friendly

Transit Friendly

Industry Hub

Bang For Your Buck

Tranquil

Plenty of Pubs

Student Friendly

Francophone

Fun facts

  • It is Canada’s fourth largest city with a quarter of its population born outside of Canada.

  • Every year the Dutch Royal Family sends tulips for the annual Canadian Tulip Festival.

  • The city has the largest natural skating rink in the world, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Ottawa is the fourth cleanest city in the world.

  • The city is home to 14 National Museums.

  • Ottawa boasts four professional sports teams, the Ottawa Senators (hockey), the Ottawa Redblacks (Canadian football), the Ottawa Fury FC (soccer), and the Ottawa Champions (baseball).

  • Famous Ottawans include the author Margaret Atwood, the singer Alanis Morissette, and the actress Sandra Oh, the first woman of Asian descent to win two Golden Globe awards.

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What to expect

Living the capital, you’ll enjoy world-class entertainment, a vibrant culinary scene, and easy access to some of Canada’s most beloved cultural institutions.

What not to expect

To get away without shoveling! Ottawa is famous for its cold, snowy winters.


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Ottawa

A vibrantly bilingual capital, packed with historic charm and picturesque natural spaces.

Ottawa is the capital city of Canada. Located in the eastern portion of southern Ontario, this city borders Gatineau to create the National Capital Region and the name itself is a reference to the Ottawa River and the city’s Algonquin roots.


Founded in 1826, Ottawa has grown into a vibrant city. The downtown core is the political centre of Canada and home to national treasures like Parliament Hill, the House of Commons, and the Peace Tower. However, Ottawa is more than just a government town. With a bustling downtown as well as ample natural spaces, Ottawa is a city that has the best of both worlds. Green areas are accessible and the suburban regions offer affordable housing, and yet there is still a dynamic metropolitan area. Museums, national institutions, and heritage buildings keep the historical feel of the city, while new and exciting activities pop-up everywhere.


National and provincial historical sites and parks are just moments away from the downtown; in fact, the Rideau Canal (a World Heritage Site) runs right through the heart of Ottawa’s downtown core. Expect festivals, exhibits, sports events, restaurants, local markets, and more happening in Ottawa regardless of what the weather brings. Yes, winters in Ottawa are cold (an average winter brings 224 centimetres of snowfall!), but that doesn’t stop residents from enjoying the capital city year round. From skating on the historic Rideau Canal to snowshoeing at nearby Gatineau Park to the famed Winterlude Festival, Ottawa heats up as the winter chill sets in!


Ottawa enjoys one of the highest standards of living in Canada, thanks to its booming economy and highly educated population. The low unemployment rates are a result of continual growth in the hi-tech industry and the federal government. Ottawa is one of the most educated cities in Canada with two major universities leading research and innovation. The University of Ottawa is the only fully bilingual university in Ontario, and continually attracts students from the rest of Canada and the world for its world-class educational facilities.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Living the capital, you’ll enjoy world-class entertainment, a vibrant culinary scene, and easy access to some of Canada’s most beloved cultural institutions.

Ottawa is home to beloved Canadian institutions like the National Art Gallery of Canada, Parliament Hill, the House of Commons, and the Peace Tower. The downtown core is known world-wide as a hotspot of entertainment, music, art, and bold culinary fusions.


WHAT NOT TO EXPECT:

To get away without shoveling! Ottawa is famous for its cold, snowy winters.

Yes, winters in Ottawa are cold (an average winter brings 224 centimetres of snowfall!), but that doesn’t stop residents from enjoying the capital city year round. From skating on the historic Rideau Canal to snowshoeing at nearby Gatineau Park to the famed Winterlude Festival, Ottawa heats up as the winter chill sets in!



THE MARKET:

Ottawa offers something for every budget, from luxurious downtown condominiums to scenic heritage homes on spacious lots.

Known as one of Ontario's most affordable cities, the Ottawa housing market has something for every budget. Luxurious downtown condos and high rise apartments are perfect for the busy urbanite on the go, while heritage homes on spacious lots in historic villages are ideal for growing families. 


UNEXPECTED APPEAL:

One of the greenest city centres in Canada, Ottawans love exploring their city by foot, wheel, or skate along the Rideau Canal.

Ottawa boasts an extensive network of pedestrian pathways crisscrossing the city and surrounding areas. The Rideau Canal, running through the heart of downtown, is especially popular on winter days for its famed skating rink!


THE LIFESTYLE:

Ottawa is home to numerous festivals, elite performance spaces, and fine art galleries showcasing the hottest Canadian talent.

Ottawa may be cold, but residents don't let that stop them! Expect festivals, exhibits, sports events, restaurants, local markets, pop-up concerts, public art exhibits, and more happening in Ottawa regardless of what the weather brings.


YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH:

Bilingualism rules in Ottawa; the city is home to the only fully bilingual post-secondary institution in Ontario.

Ottawa is one of the most educated cities in Canada with two major universities leading research and innovation. The University of Ottawa is the only fully bilingual university in Ontario, and continually attracts students from the rest of Canada and the world for its world-class educational facilities.



THE NEIGHBOURS:

As the seat of Canadian politics, Ottawa is home to a highly educated and diverse population. And with numerous post-secondary institutions throughout the city, Ottawa benefits from an active and vibrant student population.

Ottawa enjoys one of the highest standards of living in Canada, thanks to its booming economy and highly educated population. The low unemployment rates are a result of continual growth in the hi-tech industry and the federal government.



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Ottawa Neighbourhoods

Ottawa contains 15 districts and 202 neighbourhoods , each with their own unique character. Whether you prefer a trendy urban centre or a peaceful suburb, Homicity can help you find your dream home. Explore the various neighbourhoods in Ottawa to find the one that’s perfect for you.