Canada's national capital, Ottawa is a bilingual city that balances cosmopolitan sophistication with a naturally beautiful, safe, and clean environment. Surrounded by three rivers, Ottawa is nestled in a 42,000-hectare greenbelt of farmland, wetlands, and forest.
Ottawa has something to offer everyone – from urban dwellers to nature lovers.
A growing cultural and business centre, Ottawa boasts excellent restaurants, museums and live arts performances, an exceptional nightlife, and a wealth of festivals. With two universities and two colleges, Ottawa is also a great learning centre.
For the outdoor enthusiast, Ottawa is difficult to beat. Our beautiful trails, over 150km of bike paths, the Rideau Canal (the world's longest skating rink in the winter months), over 60 golf courses, and numerous sporting venues are home to almost every winter and summer sport and activity imaginable. These include biking, hiking, skating, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, in-line skating, professional and amateur sports leagues, martial arts, and much more. With numerous parks and wildlife centres within 45 minutes of downtown Ottawa, there's always somewhere to go to escape the hubbub of the city.