Facts About Ottawa

Canada’s capital, Ottawa, is located in the province of Ontario near the U.S. border. Here, you will find moderate temperatures, friendly people, a bustling metropolis with beautiful scenery and plenty of things to do. Let’s take a look at some of the information that you should know when traveling to Ottawa.

What Are Some Things To Do While Staying In Ottawa?

Ottawa offers several museums for those interested in history. The Canada War Museum and the Canadian Museum of History both offer free admission from 4 pm to 8 pm on Thursdays. In addition to this, visitors can visit for free on Remembrance Day and Canada Day. The National Gallery of Canada along with the Canada Museum of Nature offers free admission on Thursday evenings between 5 pm and 8 pm along with free admission on Canada Day.

For those who prefer the beach, the beaches of Ottawa welcome beachgoers during Ottawa’s beach season. Another fun thing to do while visiting Ottawa is going to the zoo. Ottawa is home to two zoos- Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo and the Papanack Park Zoo.

Getting Around Ottawa

Ottawa offers several types of transportation services for getting around Ottawa. Both Uber or Lyft drivers are available to take you from Ottawa’s airport, the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport or throughout the greater Ottawa area. In addition to Uber and Lyft, Ottawa uses PRESTO for its bus system and rail system that transports more than 97 million riders annually.

Languages Spoken in Ottawa and Other Information

Approximately 37 percent of the population in Ottawa is bilingual and speak both French and English. The dominant language spoken in the area is English. Ottawa has very soft water and has a central supply of drinking water for residents and visitors. Ottawa does not recycle plastic bags at this time.