Canada’s capital is located on the south side on the Ottawa River in south eastern Ontario.
Ottawa shares a border with Gatineau, Quebec and the two cities form the Ottawa-Gatinueau metropolitan area and the National Capital Region. The 2011 census showed a population of over 883,000 within the city limits and well over 1.2 million within the larger metropolitan region. This makes Ottawa the fourth largest population centre in Canada. Since this census was taken it is estimated that the city had grown by about 100,000 more inhabitants, thus making it one of the fastest growing cities in Canada.
Ottawa was originally named and founded as Bytown (thus the still used name Bytown Market) and was incorporated under its present name in 1855. It evolved into Canada’s political, administrative and later technological centre over the course of the nest 150 years. As its role and importance grew so did its geographical borders expanded by annexations and finally by the major and often disputed amalgamation in 2001.
The name of the city is believed to be a native Algounquin word meaning ‘to trade’.
In it early stages Ottawa was dominated by Catholic Irish and French immigrants. Over the 20th century the city become a true multicultural hub with a diverse population while retaining much of it century old architectural charm.
The population of Ottawa is among the most educated in North America. There are two important universities, the University of Ottawa located in the neighbourhood of Sandy Hill and Carleton University next the Old Ottawa South.
Quality of life is a source of pride among the residents of Ottawa as their city consistently rank as one of the most livable cities with low unemployment, well-paid jobs and low crime rates overall. The federal government is the largest employer of the people of Ottawa with well over 100,000 people working for the public sector. The technology sector is the second highest employer of residents of Ottawa.
There are many unique and excellent neighbourhoods in Ottawa offering incredible choices to anyone looking to rent or buy a home. Some of the most well known areas are: