International Moving to Ottawa
International Moving to Ottawa, Canada’s capital
Ottawa is the capital of Canada and is located at the south bank of the Ottawa River. It is a cosmopolitan city full of natural, cultural, shopping and entertainment attractions. The population is predominantly Anglophone but there is also a significant francophone population.
Weather in Ottawa
The city has a humid continental climate, with very extreme temperatures. Its average annual temperature makes it the seventh coldest capital in the world. Winter is characterised by sow and ice, whilst summers are relatively warm and humid.
Attractions in Ottawa
The city is known for having many historic buildings, 24 of which are declared to be of National Interest. Some of the highlights of places to visit are:
- The Rideau Canal: it becomes the world’s largest skating rink in the winter and in summer is idyllic for boat trips. It’s also an area in which shows, riding, skating and cycling can be enjoyed.
- Sound and Light show: this is an impressive light and sound show which tells Canada’s story.
- Parliament Hill: the building is like a European Victorian construction with a large walkway where concerts, dramas and other cultural events are performed.
Ottawa is also attractive because of its shopping; the ByWard Market attracts over 50,000 people every weekend. There are other popular areas like the Rideau Centre, the Rideu District, Sparks street and Bayshore, St.Laurent and Place d’Orleans shopping centres.Qué ver en Ottawa
Getting around the city
The Canadian capital has its own public transport network. It has bus lines and a light rail system. Many roads in the city are exclusively for buses, bicycles and/or pedestrians.
In addition, Ottawa has a network of highways spanning over 40 km. The main highways in the city are highway 417, highway 416 and Quebec Autoroute 5.
In terms of air travel, Ottawa International Airport is a hub for major airlines within Canada.
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Urban areas in Ottawa
The city has several urban areas. The main area extends towards the east, west and south of the centre, where you will find the main towns: Gloucester, Nepean Park and Vanier, the old town of Rockcliffe Park as well as the suburban communities of Manotick and Orelans. There is also a secondary area which is the area of Kanata, and even further out there are satellite cities and rural communities.