Interesting Facts About Ottawa

Ottawa is the capital city of Canada. It is a popular, thriving, and downright lovable city in Canada. Ottawa has a population of about 1.1 million residents hence the 4th largest city in Canada. Many residents and foreigners only know the basic facts about Ottawa such as its cold, has a bakery that sells Obama Cookies, and all that glamour happens in downtown. However, there are more political, economic, historical, and social facts that you didn’t below. Below are the interesting facts about Ottawa.


Ottawa was first known as Bytown, after the famous Lieutenant-Colonel John By. John By contributed very much to the construction of Rideau Canal thus honored. The name was changed to Ottawa on 31st December 1857 by Queen Victoria. Ottawa was also made the capital city of Canada at that time by Queen Victoria.


Ottawa is the most educated city in Canada. Ottawa is among the world’s top five cities with the best technical development and scientific research. More than half of the residents have either a degree or a diploma certificate and countless Ph.D. holders.


The world’s largest collection of hedge mazes is found in Ottawa. Saunders Farm is a popular attraction center in Ottawa. You should definitely pay a visit during the fall season to join the rest of the world.


Ottawa is the seventh coldest capital city in the world. The temperature measures -40 degrees during winter in some places. The average winter temperature is -10 degree in Canada. The highest temperatures in summer go up to 33 degree Celsius.


Ottawa is the 4th cleanest city in the world according to Forbes Magazine. This city has wetlands, parklands, and surrounded by forests making it one of the greenest capital cities in the world. They recycle by teaching how to make crepe paper flowers for kids. The materials are from recycled sources. 


There are fourteen national museums, five universities and two colleges making Ottawa the most visited city in Canada. It is also a multilingual city with 50% speaking English and 37% speaking French due to the influx of visitors from all over the globe.


Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa is said to be haunted by the ghost of Charles Melville, the owner. He died twelve days before its opening on the Titanic. He was to be the president of the hotel. Also, there is a hostel in Ottawa that hosts visitors but was used as a jail in the 19th Century.


There are more than 600 km pathways specifically designed for bike riding in Ottawa. Enjoy the beautiful weather biking on the Parkway of Ottawa River. These paths are near the Greenbank Towers.


Ottawa was ranked the least expensive city to live in North America in 2005. On the grounds of housing, income, unemployment rate, and cost of living, MoneySense Magazine rated Ottawa as the best place to live out of 120 cities in Canada.


Ottawa holds the biggest Tulip Festival of around three million tulips every year. 20,000 tulips are purchased from the Dutch Royal Family and Bulb Growers Association of Dutch.


Ottawa is a strong city regarding the economy and social life. With a stable rate of employment, residents should only expect more of these interesting facts of Ottawa.