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New to Ottawa? Well prep yourself, because Canada’s capital city has something for everyone to enjoy. It’s a place that is encompassed by natural beauty, and the people here know how to embrace it. It’s a city full of life, with an emphasis on family living, education, outdoor adventure, and of course, convenience and entertainment. Step inside one of Canada’s best cities and you won’t want to leave. Welcome to Ottawa!
Ottawa, Ontario: Canada’s Capital
Although Ottawa is the fourth-largest city in Canada, many residents have flocked here for its small town vibe that makes it a great place for families. In comparison to its neighbouring cities, it is much quieter, safer and family-oriented – but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s no fun. Communities like Westboro, the Glebe, and Old Ottawa South have a tight knit vibe in the heart of the city, while suburban communities like Barrhaven, Kanata, and Orleans are great places to raise a family.
Recreation & Scenery
Ottawa stands on the south bank of the Ottawa River and is roughly divided into east and west by the paths of the Rideau River and Rideau Canal. With an abundance of natural settings, recreation is a large part of life here. From hiking trails, kayaking, fishing, water skiing, along with some of the country’s best ski slopes nearby– this city is your outdoor oasis in summer and winter alike.
Education & Culture
But nature aside, this metropolis is both enriching and diverse. It is home to both Carleton University and the University of Ottawa – two renowned schools with global reputations. It also houses some of the best museums in Canada, including the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Canadian War Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum (set to re-open in 2017). The Canadian Museum of History lies directly across the river in Gatineau, Quebec.
Shopping & Transportation
This city has all the conveniences and amenities you need, without the overwhelming big city vibe. Take for example the Rideau Centre, one of the largest shopping malls in Canada with designer names like Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Nordstrom, and not one but two Starbucks. Additionally, there are great transportation systems. The OC Transpo bus system is robust and construction is well underway on the Light Rail Rapid Transit which is will transform transportation in the main corridor. VIA Rail connects you to other parts of the country in no time, such as Montreal and Toronto, while MacDonald-Cartier International Airport lies in the south end of the city and can take you anywhere in the world.
Living in Ottawa
Ottawa is renowned as being a safe and friendly city where families can feel at ease. It’s also a place where the federal government of Canada feels proud to call home. The small town vibe mixed with the variety of recreations, great urban amenities, and conveniences is what make this city an ideal place to call home.
Being home to some of the best educational facilities, museums, and cultural hotspots in the country are what make life in this city an overall enriching experience. But who are we to really tell you. Come and see for yourself. But be prepared – like so many others, you just might not want to leave.
Do you need moving services for your move to Ottawa? We can help – just give us a call at 613-260-0505 or 1-844-260-0505 or request an estimate.
On behalf of the entire First Rate Movers family, welcome to Ottawa!