Founded initially as Bytown and incorporated as a city in 1855 as Ottawa, its name is derived from the Algonquin word adawe, which means "to trade." It has become one Canada's most iconic cities, filled with historic architecture and building sites, beautiful waterways - including the Ottawa River, Rideau River and Rideau Canal - as well as plentiful parklands and open spaces.
From the stunning Parliament building to the ByWard Market district - home to artisans and boutique shops during the day and an exciting nightlife with great clubs, pubs and performance venues - Ottawa has a great deal to offer visitors.
Although it features world-class amenities, entertainment and shopping, the city retains the warmth and charm of a quaint European city and like many European cities, Ottawa boasts many distinct neighbourhoods. Accessible via public transit, by foot or bicycle, there are different flavours and experiences to be taken in.
For the history buffs, some of Canada's most renowned museums are located in Ottawa. This includes the Museum of Civilization and, our personal favourite, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.