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Ottawa, ON City Review

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An AreaVibes.ca contributor
September 17, 2010

I visited the capital city of Canada during the fall season of 2009. Our trip to Ottawa, ON was a family trip and we all had a wonderful time. The snow filled roads and trees along side the streets with a vibrant night life makes a magnificent picturesque of the city in the night. The city of Ottawa stands by the southern banks of the Ottawa River and connects to the provinces of Ontario and Quebec by several bridges. My visit to Ottawa was a long trip as we spent 12 days in the city. The city boasts several historic sites and attractions to visit and an easy going life with unlimited fun-filled activities.

We stayed in Albert at Bay Suite Hotel, near the downtown area of Ottawa. The hotel amenities are excellent and we got luxurious bedrooms, huge kitchens, real closets, and nice living rooms with balconies at a great price. I relished some delicious dinners at Bay Street Bistro's Italian Fare and a drink at the Black Bear Scottish Pub. I felt the hotels and suites near downtown is little expensive than the other areas.

The Rideau Canal is one of the most popular world famous spot of this city. It is the sole and Ontario's very first UNESCO World Heritage Site. I was absolutely marveled by the beautiful view of this historic waterway filled with boaters in every season. Known as the only world's largest naturally frozen skating rink in winter, this canal stretches from the Ottawa River 202 kilometers south towards Lake Ontario. I enjoyed ice skating on this natural spot and so do my family. We took a city tour where we covered the Parliament Hill, the Laurier House National Historic Site, the National War Memorial, the Peacekeeping Monument and other capital sites. Heritage experiences abound in Ottawa gave us an authentic taste of Canadian past and present. I still remember the taste of a Beaver Tail, Ottawa's very own unique pastry treat at Fulton's Pancake House and Stanley's Olde Maple Lane Farm. I liked the city's oldest and historic sites very much.

At Gatineau Park I went biking and hiking with my family. Situated just few miles from Parliament Hill across the Ottawa River in Gatineau, this park offers its visitors a huge area of natural wilderness for activities like cycling, picnics, canoeing, hiking and camping. Ottawa features some of the best thriving local theaters such as the Great Canadian Theater, Ottawa Little Theater Company, and the Gladstone. I visited a local theater to see a premier opera performance. The vivacious nightlife of this city thrilled us with its chain of restaurants and pubs. Hard Rock Cafe and Empire Grill in the heart of the famous By Ward Market is popular spots for food & drinks. I loved the show of pianos at Fat Tuesday's. Ottawa has some casinos such as Casino du Lac-Leamy offering gambling, finest dinner and shows. I did not go gambling here, but visited the casinos; they were fine.

My overall experience in the city was good enough. I suggest to the travelers to do a good homework on the trip and plan everything earlier. My expenditure in shopping and accommodation was bit high. Overall, everything was really pleasant in Ottawa.

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Ottawa Demographics

Ottawa Population
MetricOttawaOntario
Population 20061,130,00013,167,000
Population density20013
Land area (square km)5,318917,000
Median age of the population36.637.2
Population 15 years and over80.7%80.4%
Population change (2001 to 2006)6.3%15.4%
Ottawa Marital Status
MetricOttawaOntario
Single35%30%
Married48%57%
Widowed5%6%
Divorced/Separated12%7%
Ottawa Languages & Place of Residence
MetricOttawaOntario
English only50%71%
French only32%4%
Both English and French1%1%
Canadian-born population81%72%
Foreign-born population1827%
Non-permanent residents1%1%
Ottawa Education
MetricOttawaOntario
Population 15 years and over in school full time13%12%
Age group 15-19 attending full time6%6%
Age group 20-24 attending full time4%3%
Population 15 years and over in school part time6%5%
Age group 15-19 attending part time1%1%
Age group 20-24 attending part time1%1%
Ottawa Earnings & Household Income
MetricOttawaOntario
Average earnings, all persons (2010 est.)$51,315$47,500
Average earnings, worked full time (2010 est.)$67,925$63,854
Average household income (2010 est.)$85,104$78,123
Ottawa Transportation
MetricOttawaOntario
Car, truck, van, as driver65%73%
Car, truck, van, as passenger7%7%
Public transit19%12%
Walked or bicycled9%7%
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