Ottawa – The capital of Canada
Together with the twin city of Gatineau (Quebec), it forms a metropolitan area with over 1.4 million inhabitants. Ottawa itself has 933,600 inhabitants, making it the sixth largest city in Canada. The capital and the surrounding metropolitan region are economically supported by the workplaces in the federal authorities and the federal government and in the high-tech industry companies.
The city was founded in 1850 and has a size of 2778.64 square kilometers. With its area, the Canadian capital is larger than the German state of Saarland.
The capital of Canada, located on the Ottawa River and Rideau River, forms with the government district, the Parliament Hill a beautiful capital city scenery.
The motto of the city is Advance Ottawa – “Forward Ottawa”
Discover Ottawa, the capital of Canada invites you to many attractions to stroll and get to know.
The Parliament Hill was originally the site of a military barracks. Today, there are the buildings of the Canadian Parliament. After Queen Victoria had designated Ottawa as the capital of Canada, began in 1859, eight years before the constitutional statute, the reconstruction of the government district. The central and dominant building is the Neurotic-style Center Block with its 92-meter-high Peace Tower.
The total parliamentary district is nearly nine acres in size, it is bounded to the north by the Ottawa River, to the east by the Ottawa Locks, to the south by Wellington Street and to the west by the access road to the Supreme Court. On Parliament Hill are many statues of personalities of Canadian history. These are George-Étienne Cartier, John Macdonald, Queen Victoria, Alexander Mackenzie, Galahad, George Brown, Thomas D’Arcy McGee, Robert Baldwin, Louis-Hippolyte La Fontaine, Wilfrid Laurier, Robert Borden, William Lyon Mackenzie King, Queen Elisabeth II., John Diefenbaker, Lester Pearson and the Famous Five.
Other notable landmarks on Parliament Hill include the Centennial Flame, which was erected on Canada’s 100th anniversary, and the Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial for the police and police officers who died in the exercise of their ministry.
The National Gallery of Canada (French Museum of Fine Arts du Canada) in Ottawa can safely be called the leading art museum in Canada. The National Gallery of Canada has an extensive collection of artworks by Canadian and Indigenous artists. But European artists also show paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photographs. Contemporary works of art, including those by Andy Warhol, find their place in the National Gallery.
The National Gallery of Canada was founded in 1880 by the 9th Duke of Argyll, John Douglas Sutherland Campbell. After stations in other buildings, such as the Supreme Court of Canada, in 1988 the striking building, designed by Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie, was moved into.
The National Gallery is affiliated with The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography.
You can find the National Gallery of Canada at 380 Sussex Drive.
The Rideau Canal (French Canal Rideau) connects Ottawa, the capital of Canada with the city of Kingston on Lake Ontario. The also called Rideau Waterway channel is 202 kilometers long. Since the year 1925, the waterway, which has been in continuous use since its opening in 1832, is National Historic Site. In 2007, the Rideau Canal, the oldest man-made waterway in North America, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.