Ottawa

Life in the Nation's Capital

    Ideal For

    Ottawa is perfect for you if you’re looking to experience urban living, dining, culture, and shopping blended with green space, parks, and room to breathe.

    Best Features

    Living in the Nation’s Capital has its benefits. Take a stroll in the Byward Market, skate on the Rideau Canal, or visit a trendy neighbourhood for some international cuisine.

    Considerations

    Ottawa provides the urban experience on a smaller scale. If you’re used to more cosmopolitan cities like Montreal or Toronto, life in Ottawa may feel a little slower-paced.

Ottawa

The City

With a vibrant technology sector, a large number of job opportunities, and affordable living costs, Ottawa is a great place to live, work and play. Packed full of outdoor activities, festivals, and national museums and galleries, Ottawa is enjoyed by everyone from families to young professionals to empty nesters.

History

The region was first home to Indigenous Peoples who lived, met, and traded here. The city’s name is derived from the Algonquin word “Odawa” which means “traders.” Ottawa became the functional legislative capital of Canada in 1866 and was officially made the capital with Confederation in 1867.

Economy

Trending Markets

934,243

Population as of 2016

53.32%

Of families in the area have children

Detached

Most common type of home

$106,372

Average household income in 2015

What To Do in Ottawa

Life in Canada’s capital has its benefits. Ottawa is home to some of the country’s best attractions, celebrations, and historic sites. From Parliament Hill to national museums to the National Gallery, you can be a tourist in your own backyard!

Geography

Downtown Ottawa is located where the Ottawa and Rideau Rivers meet and boasts a varied landscape. To the east, you will find gently rolling hills and plains. Over in the west, there’s wetlands and swamps.

Economy

Trending Markets

$102,000

Median family income

43.5%

of population (age 25-64) with a university degree

44%

Bilingual rate

566,000

Jobs in Ottawa

Greater Ottawa Area

There’s so much to explore beyond the core of Ottawa. Travel across the river to Gatineau for a night at the casino or venture into the Ottawa Valley and visit a charming small town or spend some by the lake.

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