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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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Enjoy a relaxing Japanese dinner over piping hot sake or a refreshing beer, all the while watching your personal chef slice, dice and cook up your food. Japanese restaurants are plentiful in Ottawa, and each offers a unique culinary experience. Indeed, the hardest part of Japanese dining in Ottawa is figuring out which restaurant you want to try first.
Italian culture is so prominent in Ottawa that there is even a stretch of town dedicated solely to the sights, sounds and tastes of Italy. Little Italy, located on Preston Street, just west of Downtown, has an abundance of glorious Italian hotspots and delicious eateries to please the senses. And although there are many fine restaurants in Little Italy, you can also find Italian dining scattered throughout the city.
Ottawa is a city of landmarks, so it only follows that you'd want to eat on a rooftop to enjoy them all. From Italian to Brazilian to vegan to old-fashioned pub grub, you've got rooftop options galore in the nation's capital. Cross your fingers for good weather, find a spot, rustle up a menu and take it all in.
The ritual of afternoon tea is one of the anchors of civilization. In Ottawa, that civilization is going strong. You'll find a wealth of destinations where you can sit comfortably with a warm cup of tea. From the old-fashioned class of Zoe's Lounge to the modern rhythms of Fleur Tea House, it's a tea-lover's paradise.

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