City of Ottawa

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Ottawa is the capital city of Canada. Ottawa and Gatineau (along with a number of nearby municipalities) collectively constitute the *National Capital Region, which is considered a single metropolitan area.

Bilingualism became official policy for the conduct of municipal business in 2002, making it the largest city in Canada with both English and French as co-official languages.

Traditionally the ByWard Market (map), Parliament Hill (map) and the Golden Triangle (map) have been the focal points of the cultural scenes in Ottawa.

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Modern thoroughfares such as *Wellington Street, *Rideau Street, *Sussex Drive, *Elgin Street, *Bank Street, *Somerset Street, *Preston Street, Richmond Road in *Westboro, and *Sparks Street are home to many boutiques, museums, theatres, galleries, landmarks and memorials in addition to eating establishments, cafes, bars and nightclubs.

National Gallery of Canada (map) – The museum’s permanent collection includes over 93,000 works from European, American, and Asian, Canadian, and Indigenous artists.

Canadian Museum of History (map) – The museum’s primary purpose is to collect, study, preserve, and present material objects that illuminate the human history of Canada and the cultural diversity of its people.

ByWard Market (map) Among other things, this is a farmer’s market; in summer, stalls selling fresh produce and flowers line the streets, and maple syrup bought at the farmer’s market costs half the price of the same bottle sold at souvenir shops elsewhere in the Byward Market or anywhere else in the city. It is also a craft and tourist market with a range of shops and the city’s busiest entertainment district with restaurants, pubs, bars and many street performers.

Sparks Street (map). A pleasant pedestrian street one block off Parliament Hill. Along this street you’ll find the majority of the tourist shops selling postcards, magnets, and maple syrup.

The last Saturday in May, Ottawa’s Glebe neighbourhood hosts the annual Great Glebe Garage Sale. Hundreds of residents set up tables in their garages or on their lawns and sell used goods ranging from household knick-knacks to electronics to clothing. Businesses in the area also hold sidewalk sales, and vendors sell artwork, baking, and refreshments. The event is bustling by 8AM but continues well into the afternoon.

The Byward Market area has a wide selection of different cuisines; the Chinatown are (map) a is along Somerset West (#2 bus from downtown) between Bronson Ave. and Preston St; Little Italy (map) runs along the length of Preston Street, from Carling Avenue to Albert Street (#2 to Somerset & Preston or #3 along Preston).

Public transport of Ottawa

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+ OC TranspoSchedules & Maps – All public transportation in Ottawa.

The Rapid bus service network operates all day, 7 days a week, reaching Kanata to the West, Barrhaven to the South-West, Orléans to the East, and South Keys to the South.


 BUS >   MegabusOntario NorthlandAutobus Gatineau. Greyhound Canada no longer serves Ottawa after having ceased all Canadian operations on May 13th, 2021.

New York Trailways. There are also many local bus companies throughout Canada.

 RAIL >   Ottawa station (map) is the main inter-city train station operated by Via Rail. It is located 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) to the east of downtown. Via Rail is Canada’s national passenger rail service. The US counterpart, Amtrak, provides connecting rail services to Toronto from New York via Niagara Falls. Rocky Mountaineer Vacations (*Rail travel in Canada)

 AIRPORTS >   Canada’s main international airports; Toronto Pearson International Airport • Vancouver International Airport • Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport.

 WATERWAYS >   Marine Atlantic provides ferry service between North Sydney, Nova Scotia, and Port-aux-Basques, Newfoundland. There are also ferries to the Îles-de-la-Madeleine from Souris, PEI, and Montreal. BC Ferries has an extensive network of services along the coast of British Columbia and to Vancouver Island and to outlying islands.

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