Where is Ottawa?
Ottawa lies in northeast North America, in the Province of Ontario,
Canada. It is bordered by the Ottawa River to the north, while the
historic Rideau River and Rideau Canal meander north to south through
the city. Directly across the Ottawa River are the City of Gatineau
and the picturesque Outaouais region in the Province of Québec.
Distances to Ottawa
New York City
Ottawa can be found at Latitude 45° 22' N and Longitude 75° 43'
W, and it is 114 metres (374 feet) above sea level.
What does Ottawa look like?
Ottawa, Canada is a picturesque city with beautiful waterways,
historic architecture, and an abundance of parklands and open spaces.
Check out the links below to see some still and moving images of
How do I get to Ottawa?
Ottawa is easily accessible by air, rail or road.
Ottawa by air
Check with your favourite airline for daily flights into the Ottawa
International Airport, or visit the airport website for information about the airport,
directions and flights. The Airport operates on a 24-hour basis,
and offers a number of daily scheduled non-stop flights to cities
in Canada, U.S. and Europe. The airport recently unveiled its new
terminal, which includes its own U.S. Customs and Immigration pre-clearance
Two small airports complement the Ottawa region’s air capacity.
The Carp Airport has evolved into a commuter airport,
conveniently located close to many of the high-technology industries
in the west part of the region. The Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport serves the
Outaouais region and other areas of Québec.
All three airports provide access to, and services for, corporate
Ottawa by train
Ottawa’s VIA Rail
terminal is centrally located, and you can visit their website
to book your travel to Ottawa.
Ottawa by bus
The City’s bus terminal is close to downtown, and is served
by both Greyhound Canada serving western and central Canada
with links to the U.S., and Voyageur Colonial, serving western
Québec and Eastern Ontario.
Ottawa by car
For directions by road, please visit www.maps.google.com and search on Ottawa, ON.
Ottawa by boat
Ottawa can be accessed by four main waterways: the Ottawa River
(flowing into the St. Lawrence River), the Rideau River (flowing
into the Ottawa River), the Gatineau River (flowing into the
Ottawa River) and the Rideau Canal (linking Lake Ontario at
Kingston to the Ottawa River)..
How large is the city?
Ottawa is Canada’s fourth largest city with over 1.2 million residents.
The size of the Ottawa region is 4,662 square kilometres (1,800
square miles), with over 90% of its area being in a country setting.
While it is large enough to support the finest amenities, such as
world-class entertainment venues and shopping districts, Ottawa
retains the warmth and charm of a quaint European city.
What is Ottawa’s climate like?
Ottawa’s four seasons provide an exhilarating canvas of colour,
beauty, and recreational activity. Spring, summer, fall and winter
are welcomed, and the changing seasons are an integral part of living
in our city.
Temperatures can range from 33° C (91° F) in summer to –40° C (-40°
F) in winter, with average summer temperatures around 20°C (68°
F) and average winter temperatures around –10° C (14° F). In summer,
it is hot enough for residents to seek the nearest lake or swimming
pool to cool off, while in winter, warm clothing is required. Both
spring and fall are cool, and residents usually wear a sweater or
light jacket. While cycling, swimming, tennis, golf and whitewater
rafting are favoured activities in summer, winter’s white beauty
offers its own recreational opportunities for skiing, snowboarding,
skating, tobogganing and snowmobiling.
Check out today’s weather in Ottawa by visiting the Ottawa Weather section at Ottawakiosk.com
Is Ottawa a good place to
Ottawa is a “Bright City”. It is one of the world’s safest and
most beautiful communities in which to live, work, learn, play,
and raise a family. The city prides itself on its quality of life.
It is home to a wide range of age groups from families with children
to adult professionals to university students and senior citizens.
As a G8 capital city, Ottawa is Canada’s showcase city to the world.
It is endowed with a number of national museums and performing arts
institutions, as well as a rich local cultural and heritage fabric.
The city is graced with a civic design that places high priority
on green spaces, parklands and trails, making Ottawa a bright and
beautiful landscape for all to enjoy.
The city's academic foundations -- from its strong public school
system to universities, colleges and R&D centres of excellence
-- contribute to Ottawa having the highest educated workforce in
Canada. A bright workforce is a key foundation for a smart city
and business success.
Ottawa offers a wealth of choices in employment opportunities,
from the federal government to the high technology and life sciences
sectors, to professional services and the tourism and convention
industry. Ottawa offers a bright future for all.
do I contact the local government?
The City of Ottawa’s municipal government is centralized under
the auspices of an elected Mayor and Councillors representing 21
Wards. Visit the City’s website
for information and contact details.
What kinds of businesses
are in Ottawa?
The Ottawa region has three basic types of economic market sectors:
export companies serving markets all around the world; regionally
focused companies serving Ottawa residents, and businesses; and
our rural economy.
Ottawa is a global technology and business centre as well as a
world class tourism and convention destination. More than 1500 companies
are involved in key growth sectors such as telecommunications, software,
photonics, semiconductors, defence and security, life sciences,
tourism, wireless technologies, film and video, multimedia, professional
services and contact centres. The region also benefits from the
entry of new seed industry sectors such as biophotonics, environmental
technologies, electronic pay systems, and micro electromechanical
Ottawa is home to dozens of federal government organizations, as
well as scores of foreign embassies who provide trade links to their
own domestic businesses. On the regional front, Ottawa benefits
from a rich array of retail, hospitality and service companies.
Ottawa is also the agricultural capital and economic centre of Eastern
How can I set up a business
There are a number of resources available to help you set up your
business in Ottawa.
When is the best time to visit
In Ottawa, there are exciting things to see and do all through
the year. The region’s extensive activities calendar offers a wide
array of business, leisure and cultural activities that will delight
all the members of your party. Visit the Ottawa Tourism website and you’ll find that it is
always a good time to visit Ottawa.
Learn more about all that Ottawa has to offer you and your