Long Distance Moving within Canada - Ottawa
The City of Ottawa was originally a frontier hamlet called “The Landing”. Nicholas Sparks, after whom Sparks Street and Sparks Street Mall are named, was the original settler. The Royal Engineers, commanded by Colonel John By, came to “The Landing” in 1826 to construct the Rideau Canal and its series of locks as part of a navigable waterway from the St. Lawrence River to Lake Ontario. This would provide an alternate route for naval vessels to Lake Ontario in the event of a war with the United States. The Landing was renamed Bytown in honour of Colonel By. Bytown became a lumber centre with its own municipal government and in 1854 it became a city and was given a new name, Ottawa. This is an Anglicized version of “Outaouais” (pronounced “OO-too-way”), which is the name of a First Nation tribe of the upper Ottawa River.
Queen Victoria selected Ottawa as the capital of Canada. It was a meeting point between Canada's two basic cultures and possessed a setting of natural beauty. The Government of Canada has established the National Capital Commission to co-operate with the city and the surrounding municipal governments in developing joint projects that affect the capital’s life and its physical appearance, government building areas, railways relocation program and renewal of the urban core of Ottawa and Hull.
It was on January 1, 1969 that the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton was formed to develop a cohesive and comprehensive management plan in the face of the continued rapid urban growth throughout the national capital region.
Ottawa, the capital city of Canada was created on January 1, 2001 by amalgamating the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton and eleven other local municipalities including, Ottawa, Cumberland, Gloucester, Goulbourn, Kanata, Nepean, Osgoode, Rideau, Rockcliffe Park, Vanier and West Carleton.
Ottawa is located 193 km northwest of Montreal and 399 km northeast of Toronto, on Highways #416 and 417 (Trans Canada Highway). The city is situated at the junction of the Ottawa and Rideau Rivers.
The population of Ottawa numbers approximately 812,129.
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Ottawa has an average July temperature of 20.9°C and an average January temperature of –10.8°C. The average annual precipitation is 943 mm.
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For information regarding curriculum and enrolment procedures, please contact:
Conseil des Écoles Publiques de l'Est de l’Ontario
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
For information on the Roman Catholic Separate Schools, please contact:
Conseil des Écoles Catholiques du Langue Francais du Centre-Est
Ottawa-Carleton Catholic District School Board
Additional educational institutes:
University of Ottawa
St. Paul University
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Queensway Carleton Hospital
Parks & Recreation
Ottawa Public Library
Canterbury Recreation Complex
Pincecrest Recreation Centre
Ray Friel Recreation Complex
Splash Wave Pool
For information about upcoming events in Ottawa, visit:
Parks & Recreation
Capital Golf Centre
Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club
Stonebridge Golf & Country Club
Changing the Guard
Canadian Tulip Festival
Ottawa International Jazz Festival
Central Canada Exhibition
Royal Canadian Mint
Canadian Museum of Civilization
Canadian Museum of Nature
Canadian War Museum
Canada’s Agriculture Museum
National Aviation Museum
National Gallery of Canada
National Arts Centre
National Archives of Canada
Supreme Court of Canada
Rideau Canal and Locks
Major Hills Park
50 Rideau St.
Carlingwood Shopping Centre
2121 Carlingwood Ave.
Bayshore Shopping Centre
100 Bayshore Dr.
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Parks to Visit
Major Hills Park
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Protecting your goods in transit
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Do-it-yourself packing guide