Ottawa is the National Capital of Canada.
It is in the central part of Canada at the junction of the Ottawa,
Rideau and Gatineau Rivers. The Ottawa Region, covering an area
4,662 square km (1,800 square miles) in size, is unique in
its history, geography and lifestyle. It offers a wide variety of
urban attractions: many of Canada's best museums and cultural
facilities, as well as the Parliament Buildings and other
historical structures and major institutions, are located in the
Capital area. Ottawa
has a population of about 1 million people.
Ottawa has been described as one of the most
beautiful capitals in the world. Less than an hour's drive from
the American border, Ottawa enjoys the attributes of a major center
for the visual and performing arts, as well as other big
city attractions. Yet, it still maintains the accessibility,
atmosphere and charm of a smaller city, in addition to access to
spectacular park and wilderness areas located within and around
the city. A large international airport serves
the city with numerous domestic and international flights daily.
Overseas access is quite easy, either by direct flight from
London, or with connections through Toronto, Montreal, Newark, New
York, Chicago, Detroit or Washington.