Famous People From Ottawa

Ottawa Neighbourhoods

  • Centre Town

East End

South End

West End


  • Beacon Heights
  • Beacon Hill North
  • Blackburn Hamlet
  • Blossom Park, Ontario
  • Carlsbad Springs
  • Carson Grove
  • Cedardale
  • Chapel Hill
  • Chateau Neuf
  • Convent Glen
  • Convent Glen South
  • Cyrville
  • Edwards
  • Elizabeth Park
  • Ficko
  • Gloucester Glen
  • Hiawatha Park
  • Honey Gables
  • Johnston Corners
  • Kempark
  • Leitrim
  • Limebank
  • Manotick Station
  • Orleans
  • Orléans Village
  • Orléans Wood
  • Pine View
  • Piperville
  • Ramsayville
  • Riverglen
  • Riverside South
  • Rothwell Heights
  • South Gloucester
  • Victory Hill
  • Windsor Park Village


  • Beaverbrook
  • Bridlewood
  • Glen Cairn
  • Harwood Plains
  • Kanata
  • Katimavik
  • Katimavik-Hazeldean
  • Lakeside
  • Malwood
  • Marchhurst
  • Marchwood
  • Morgan's Grant
  • South March
  • South March Station
  • Strathearn
  • Town Centre (Kanata)


  • Arbeatha Park
  • Arlington Woods
  • Barrhaven
  • Bayshore
  • Bell's Corners
  • Borden Farm
  • Boyce
  • Briar Green
  • Carleton Heights
  • Cedarhill Estates
  • Centrepointe
  • City View
  • Clearview
  • Country Place
  • Craig Henry
  • Crestview
  • Crystal Bay
  • Crystal Beach
  • Davidson Heights
  • Fallowfield
  • Fisher Glen
  • Fisher Heights
  • Fraservale
  • Graham Park
  • Grenfell Glen
  • Hearts Desire
  • Hillsdale
  • Jockvale
  • Knollsbrook
  • Leslie Park
  • Longfields
  • Lynwood Village
  • Manordale
  • Meadowlands
  • The Meadows
  • Merivale Gardens
  • Navaho
  • Nepean
  • Orchard Estates
  • Parkwood Hills
  • Pheasant Run
  • Pineglen
  • Qualicum
  • Rideau Glen
  • Rocky Point
  • Ryan Farm
  • Shirleys Bay
  • Skyline
  • Tanglewood
  • Trend Village
  • Twin Elm
  • Westcliffe Estates


  • Bearbrook
  • Beckett Creek
  • Bella Vista
  • Burromee
  • Canaan
  • Chartrand
  • Chatelaine Village
  • Cumberland
  • Cumberland Estates
  • Fallingbrook
  • French Hill
  • Leonard
  • Martins Corners
  • Notre-Dame-des-Champs
  • Navan
  • River Walk
  • Sarsfield
  • Town Centre (Orleans)
  • Queenswood Heights
  • Queenswood South
  • Queenswood Village
  • Vars


  • Amberwood Village
  • Ashton
  • Bryanston Gate
  • Dwyer Hill
  • Fringewood
  • Healey's Heath
  • Mansfield
  • Munster
  • Old Stittsville
  • Red Pine Estates
  • Richmond
  • Stanley Corners
  • Stapledon
  • Stittsville
  • Woodside Acres


  • Belmeade
  • Dalmeny
  • Greely
  • Herbert Corners
  • Kenmore
  • Marionville
  • Marvelville
  • Metcalfe
  • Osgoode
  • Pana
  • Reids Mills
  • Spring Hill
  • Vernon
  • West Osgoode



  • Baxters Corners
  • Becketts Landing
  • Burritts Rapids
  • Goodstown
  • Malakoff
  • Mills Corners
  • Moores Corners
  • Pierces Corners

North Gower

  • Carsonby
  • Kars
  • Manotick
  • Reevecraig
  • North Gower
  • Watterson Corners

West Carleton


  • Antrim
  • Fitzroy Harbour
  • Galetta
  • Kinburn
  • Marathon
  • Marathon Village
  • Marshall Bay
  • Mohr Corners
  • Panmure
  • Quyon Ferry Landing
  • Smith's Corners
  • Vydon Acres
  • Willola Beach
  • Woodridge


  • Baskin's Beach
  • Buckhams Bay
  • Constance Bay
  • Crown Point
  • Dirleton
  • Dunrobin
  • Dunrobin Heights
  • Dunrobin Shore
  • Kilmaurs
  • MacLarens
  • McKay's Waterfront
  • Torwood Estates
  • Woodlawn


  • Carp
  • Corkery
  • Huntley
  • Huntley Manor Estates
  • Manion Corners
  • Westmont Estates
  • Westwood

For other uses of "Ottawa", see Ottawa (disambiguation).

Ottawa is the capital of Canada, located in the eastern part of the province of Ontario. The population as of 2001 was approximately 774,072 people. The Ottawa region has a population of approximately 1,110,498. The mayor of the city today (2004) is Bob Chiarelli.

Table of contents
1 Location
2 Notable buildings and institutions
3 Tulip festival
4 Primary industries
5 Sports
6 History
7 Famous People From Ottawa
8 Ottawa Neighbourhoods
9 Item of Interest
10 See also
11 External links


Ottawa sits on the Ottawa River, which divides Quebec from Ontario. It is a bilingual city. The majority of its residents speak English and a significant minority speak French. A majority of the residents of the Quebec city of Gatineau, directly across the river from Ottawa, speak French.

The Rideau Canal, which starts in Kingston, Ontario, wends its way through the city. The final flight of locks on the canal are adjacent to the Parliament Buildings.

The changing of the guards in front of the Parliament of Canada.

Notable buildings and institutions

Some of the notable buildings in Ottawa include the Parliament Buildings, where Canada's government resides; 24 Sussex Drive, the home of the Prime Minister of Canada; and Rideau Hall, the home of the Governor-General of Canada. Ottawa also has several museums, including the National Gallery of Canada, Canadian War Museum, Canada Science and Technology Museum, and Canadian Museum of Nature. The Canadian Museum of Civilization is located across the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Quebec. It is also the proud home of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. Ottawa is served by Macdonald-Cartier International Airport.

Tulip festival

Every spring, Ottawa receives a gift of several hundred thousand tulips from the royal family of the Netherlands. This is in gratitude for the city's having hosted the royal family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands during the Second World War. In particular, Queen Juliana gave birth to her daughter Princess Margriet in the city, in a hospital whose maternity ward was temporarily declared to be officially part of the Netherlands so that the princess might be born on Dutch soil. The tulips are considered a welcome harbinger of spring in the capital region, and a tulip festival permits residents to see them at their best advantage.

Primary industries

Ottawa's primary employers are the Canadian federal government and high technology. Many publicly traded companies such as Nortel, Alcatel, JDS Uniphase, Mitel and Corel have offices in the city.


Ottawa is home to two major league sports team, the Ottawa Senators (established 1992) of the National Hockey League and the Ottawa Renegades of the Canadian Football League. It is also home to the AAA farm team of the Baltimore Orioles, the Ottawa Lynx of the International League, and the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League.


The Ottawa region was long home to First Nations peoples who were part of the Algonquin. The first European settlement in the Ottawa region was that of Philemon Wright who started a community on the Quebec side of the river in 1800. Wright discovered that trasnporting timber by river from the Ottawa Valley to Montreal was possible and Ottawa was soon booming based almost entirely off timber. The city grew even further in importance when the Rideau Canal was constructed by Colonel John By. The city was then known as Bytown, but it was incorporated as Ottawa in 1855. On December 31, 1857 Queen Victoria, asked to settle a dispute between Montreal, Toronto, Quebec City, Kingston and Ottawa, chose Ottawa to be the capital of Canada. This decison was made because it was midway between the centres of French and English population. The city was also far further from the American border and was thus safer from attack than the other options.

The original Parliament Buildings in Ottawa burned down on February 3, 1916. The House of Commons was temporarily relocated to the Victorian era building which was then the Museum of Man, and is currently (2004) the Canadian Museum of Nature, located about 1 km south of Parliament hill at the opposite end of Metcalfe Street. New parliament buildings were completed in 1922, the centre-piece of which is a dominant gothic revival styled structure known as the peace tower which has become a common emblem of the city.

In 2001, the city of Ottawa was amalgamated with the suburbs of Nepean, Kanata, Gloucester, Rockcliffe Park, Vanier and Cumberland, and the rural townships of West Carleton, Osgoode, Rideau and Goulbourn, to become one municipality.

See also: List of Ottawa mayors

According to the 2001 Statistics Canada Census:

  • % Change (1996-2001): 7.3
  • Dwellings: 310,132
  • Area (sq. km.): 2,778.64
  • Density (persons per sq. km.): 278.6

''The dramatic rear view of Parliament Hill, with the
Library of Parliament perched atop the deep gorge of the
Ottawa River''

Larger version
North: Pontiac, Gatineau
West: Arnprior, Mississippi Mills, Beckwith, Montague Ottawa East: Clarence-Rockland, The Nation, Russell
South: North Grenville, North Dundas

Item of Interest

The National Research Council of Canada's shortwave time signal station, CHU, is located just fifteen kilometres southwest of Ottawa.

See also

List of Ottawa churches, List of Ottawa schools, Canada, Canadian provinces and territories, Canadian cities

External links

View of part of downtown Ottawa, with the National Gallery at left