The beautiful capital city to be discovered.
Runners, you have arrived to Ottawa, Ontario.
This amazing understated city has it all.
There are the most beautiful beaches, the best museums, the most remarkable buildings, all the government action, hundreds of parks, libraries, trails, festivals, restaurants and business hubs.
It has the best of both worlds, the convenience of a large city with the community, beauty and easy going feel of the countryside.
Nearly half the population is under the age of 35, making it one of the youngest cities in the country and the third cleanest city in the world.
When you stop here you will never be bored. There is something for everyone.
If you are into sports you will find the most amazing outdoor spaces, stadiums and facilities. The favourites may be the Canadian Tire Centre where the Ottawa Senators bring together the most raving and amazing fanbase ever, TD place with hockey, football and soccer teams.
For you runners the best place in Ottawa is the Trans Canada trail.
If you are into arts, science and culture here you can visit 7 National Museums:
- National Gallery of Canada
- Canadian Museum of History
- Canada Science and Technology Museum
- Canada Aviation and Space Museum
- Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
- Canadian Museum of Nature
- Canadian War Museum
Some of the favorite landmarks and historic sites are:
- The Rideau Canal
- Parliament Hill
- Byward Market
- Notre Dame Basilica
- Royal Canadian Mint
- Dows Lake Pavilion
- Rideau Hall
In 1857 Queen Victoria chose Ottawa to be the capital of Canada. The name Ottawa comes from the Algonquin word adawe – which means to trade, no wonder why ottawa is a fantastic hub for business, with 1,800 technology companies – employing more than 76,000 people.
Ottawa has more scientists, engineers and PhD’s per capita than any other city in Canada.
There are 35 major festivals in Ottawa. The Canadian Tulip Festival, held every May, is one of the most famous.
The fun never stops in Ottawa, even the long winters have many things to offer, such as the fenomenal Winterlude Festival, which features many events and fun winter activities for everyone, like skating on the fabulous Rideau Canal.
Even with the harsh winters and incredibly hot summers it is the perfect city to go for a morning run.
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