The capital of Canada and a municipality within the province of Ontario, located in the Ottawa Valley on the southern banks of the Ottawa River, a major waterway forming the local boundary between the Provinces of Ontario and Quebec, connected by several bridges to its Quebec neighbour, the city of Gatineau on the northern shores of the Ottawa River.
Known as the nation’s capital, Ottawa is unique as a North American capital, the city is bilingual. English is the first language of a majority of the population, but French is the first language of a significant number.
Today, the major economic sectors are the public service, travel and tourism and the high-tech industry. Ottawa has proudly remained green, residents make regular use of Ottawa‘s parks and green spaces, bikeways and cross country ski trails.
Many national attractions are located in Ottawa: Parliament Hill, theNational Library and Archives, the National Gallery, as well as the Museums of Civilization, Contemporary Photography, Nature, War and Science & Technology.