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10 Interesting Facts About Ottawa

Facts About Ottawa

  • Ottawa is the seventh coldest capital in the world.
  • Ottawa has the most educated population among Canadian cities and is home to a number of post-secondary, research, and cultural institutions, including the National Arts Centre, the National Gallery, and numerous national museums.
  • Ottawa is known as one of the most educated cities in Canada, with over half the population having graduated from college and/or university. Ottawa has the highest per capita concentration of engineers, scientists, and residents with PhDs in Canada.
  • Ottawa is the capital city of Canada.
  • Ottawa is on the south bank of the Ottawa River and contains the mouths of the Rideau River and Rideau Canal.
  • Ottawa was founded in 1826 as Bytown and incorporated as “Ottawa” in 1855, the city has evolved into a political and technological centre of Canada.
  • The name Ottawa comes from the Algonquin word adawe – which means to trade.
  • The lowest temperature ever recorded in Ottawa was -36.1 °C on February 15, 1943. The hottest day on record in Ottawa was 37.8 °C though humidex readings often go above 40°C.
  • Ottawa is home to 14 National Museums.
  • Ottawa is the agricultural centre of Eastern Ontario and has more farmland than any other city in Canada.
Facts About Ottawa
Facts About Ottawa

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