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Situated in the province of Ontario, Ottawa became the capital of Canada in 1857 to resolve a conflict between francophone cities (Montreal, Quebec) and Anglophone ones (Toronto, Kingston) which were fighting to become capitals. Ottawa has been officially bilingual since 2003. Today, Ottawa comprises 870 250 people, 40% of which are bilingual.

The city’s economy relies heavily on its high tech industry and on tourism. The Canadian Parliament is situated in Ottawa, also where federal government activities take place. A vast number of embassies and universities can also be found in the city.

Ottawa distinguishes itself through its rich cultural heritage and history. There are a multitude of museums to visit, including the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian War Museum. The Rideau Canal is another interesting attraction and was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the wintertime the Rideau Canal becomes the largest natural skating rink in the world. Gatineau Park is another unique touring destination for walkers as well as skiers.

Ottawa’s nightlife is equally animated, especially in the city’s ByWard Market packed with restaurants and bars. Ottawa is a diverse and welcoming city, with a true zest for life.

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Eating out can be a challenge when you’re gluten-free, unless you know where to go. Many of Ottawa’s cafes and restaurants offer gluten-free options and some stand out for doing them particularly well. Try these options for an enjoyable lunch with your friends or a romantic dinner with that special someone, all without having to settle for just a salad. [Image credit: Bossert]
There is something to be said for wandering into a noodle place in the middle of an Ottawa winter and slurping up an excellent steaming bowl of noodle soup. Don't get us wrong, though, we'll take that bowl in summer too! Whether you want some simple ramen or some tasty pho, this city has a large selection of options to choose from. [Image credit:]
When you’re looking for a cafe to work in, the conditions have to be just right. You need a cosy ambience, good lighting and just enough background noise to help keep you focused. Oh, and great coffee doesn’t hurt. Luckily, Ottawa has several great office-away-from-home cafes for you to choose from.
Plenty of Ottawa restaurants offer the opportunity to indulge in a sophisticated lunch and sip on a glass of chardonnay while you enjoy a masterful culinary creation. But if it’s cheap you're after, downtown Ottawa’s got those lunch options too.

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