Like to know a little more about the capital cities of the world? Take a look at these 18 facts about Ottawa!
- Ottawa is the capital city of Canada.
- Wondering how to say the name of this wonderful city? It’s pronounced Ott-uh-wah.
- The total land area of Ottawa is 2,207 square miles (5,716 square kilometres)…
- …that’s more than 3.5 times the size of Greater London!
- Ottawa’s population was 1,326,000 in 2015…
- …that’s less than 1/7 of the population of Greater London…
- …and gives it a population density of around 601 residents per square mile.
- Ottawa is located 230 ft above sea level.
- Residents of Ottawa are known as Ottawans.
- Ottawans enjoy a humid continental climate with warm summers, cold snowy winters and an average annual temperature of just 6.4°C.
- Looking to fly yourself to Ottawa? You’ll need the coordinates of 45.4215° N, 75.6972° W.
- Make sure you visit the Rideau Canal if you’re in Ottawa; this beautiful canal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is teaming with boats meandering up and down during spring, summer and autumn, before becoming the world’s largest naturally frozen ice skating rink each winter!
- The official languages of Ottawa are English and French.
- In fact, Ottawa is the largest city in Canada to have co-official languages!
- Did you know that around 25% of residents in Ottawa were born outside of Canada?
- Canadian Dollar is the official currency here.
- Canada welcomed 16,537,000 tourists into the country in 2014, many of whom visited Ottawa for its delicious local food, beautiful architecture and extensive range of activities on offer.
- Do you know someone lucky enough to live in Ottawa? You can make cheap calls to Ottawa with Cherry Call – don’t forget, you’ll also need to use the international dialling code of 001.
To keep up-to-date with what’s going on in Ottawa, head over to the Ottawa Citizen website.