About Ottawa and Festivals
Ottawa Info and Events
Ottawa Canada's Capital currently has a population of just over 1 million, and is expected to grow significantly in the future.
The Ottawa Fringe Festival (June) offers up-and-coming talent for roughly $8 per show (even cheaper per show if you purchase a multiple-show pass). www.ottawafringe.com
International Museums Day features many exciting exhibits and events May 18. On this day, many Ottawa museums usually offer free admission.
Christmas Lights Across Canada: The program lights up in early December and stays lit until early January. Hundreds of thousands of lights decorate Confederation Boulevard, which winds through downtown Ottawa and neighbouring Gatineau, illuminating federal attractions, historic sites and other locales.
Winterlude. Every February, Canada's Capital Region is host to Winterlude, North America's greatest winter festival. Three fun-filled weekends of excitement and activity await the whole family. From spectacular ice carvings to an amazing playground made of snow, Winterlude is a great way to take in the best of our Canadian winter. For a list of activities, go to www.canadascapital.gc.ca/winterlude
Ottawa has been ranked high in terms of quality of life, based on many factors, including low crime rates, environmental cleanliness, public services, political stability, and socio-economic conditions.
Ottawa is home to 12 national museums devoted to Canadian art, nature, science and technology, aviation, war civilization and more. Also of interest are the Royal Canadian Mint and the Byward Market, which is constantly buzzing with people visiting the many restaurants, shops and pubs.
The National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa Symphony, Nepean Symphony Orchestra and Kanata Symphony are Ottawa's finest when it comes to classical music, yet the city indulges in tunes of every type to please even the most finicky patron.
Ottawa has a fine selection of Parks city wide for family picnics, fun in the sun activities and outings for children of all ages. Gatineau Park offers ski trails in the wintertime and swimming pools, hike trails, bicycle paths and picnic grounds.
Job-wise, Ottawa is also the place to be. According to Statistics Canada, "Job growth, for the most part, has occurred in industries and occupations that tend to pay higher-than-average weekly wages.