Ottawa is Canadas Capital

By: Douglas Scott

The first inhabitants of the Ottawa area were the Algonquin Indians who called the Ottawa River the Kichesippi or the Great River and called themselves the Kichesippirini or People of the Great River.

French fur traders named the Ottawa River after the Outaouais tribe which in fact only inhabited the area for some ten years. They served as middlemen in the fur trade, carrying furs to Quebec after the Iroquois Indians had driven the Algonquins from the area.

A four hour drive north east of Toronto and two hours west of Montreal, Ottawa presents visitors with a wide selection of sightseeing and outdoor leisure options. In fact, with more than a dozen national museums and galleries and a full calendar of festivals and activities in Canadas Capital Region has something for everyone

Nestled on the banks of the majestic Ottawa, Rideau and Gatineau Rivers, Ottawa is one of the most beautiful G8 capitals in the world. A thriving international technology and business centre and world class tourism and convention destination, Ottawa is also rich in culture and heritage with its many national institutions, parklands, waterways and historic architecture.

It is home to a large number of foreign embassies and is a recognized centre for both academics and professional training.

The City of Ottawas heritage is one of its most important assets. Our stories and material evidence of our development are preserved, researched and told through local archives, museums, historical and archaeological sites, cemeteries, historical gardens, commemorations, libraries, programs and events, walking tours, galleries, memorials, and architectural legacy.

Preserving our unique heritage is a key to defining our identity, and promotes a sense of community and understanding of our roots. It is up to all of us as a community to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to appreciate the colourful saga of our collective story

The city offers an open and welcoming environment to cultures from around the world, providing service in English, French, and a host of other languages. The cities residents enjoy an enviable quality of life that is recognized around the world.

Still got energy to burn after a full day of sightseeing. Ottawa has a very active nightlife, presenting a wide range of entertainment options. Whether it is viewing a play at one of the local theatres, catching a flick on the Big Screen or a night out on the town at one of the local clubs, you can always find something to do in Ottawa.

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