To visit Ottawa means to discover Canada’s capital. And there is so much to see and do! For Ottawa, despite the preconception that it is serious and bureaucratic, is full of attractions, activities and places that make it a lively, dynamic and attractive city that offers its happy residents a sweet life in a bucolic and serene environment. The perfect balance between economic vitality, culture, wealth and lifestyle? Welcome to Ottawa.
A vibrant and cosmopolitan city
One of the particularities of Ottawa and its region is that French and English are spoken by everyone. This adds to the fact that the city is multicultural and has always welcomed many immigrants of all nationalities. Few know that Ottawa is a young and rapidly diversifying city. In fact, one in four Ottawa residents is an immigrant, a category of people who grow twice as fast as the rest of the city’s citizens.
On the economic front, Ottawa is a major economic engine, offering jobs and opportunities in the high tech sectors, government, health, tourism and education. But that’s not all, the capital has several internationally renowned research centers, high-quality educational institutions and a number of international-sized companies.
A flourishing real estate market
For several years now, Ottawa real estate market has been doing very well. In fact, we can see that property prices have increased by almost 8% from one year to the next, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). Another interesting figure, The median home price in Ottawa rose 2.3% to $ 401,288 in 2017, while condos edged up 0.6% to nearly $ 312,000. Conclusion? Buying a home in Ottawa, for a family or individual, remains a safe bet! Many factors explain a healthy real estate market; a very low unemployment rate, falling interest rates and household confidence in real estate investment in particular.
A privileged living environment
Parks, lakes and green spaces are in the everyday environment of the people of Ottawa.
We begin with a classic, an essential of any visit to the capital: Parliament Hill. This is where the seat of the federal government of Canada and therefore all the Parliament Buildings (House of Commons, Senate, Library) are. In summer, we can attend the changing of the guard and even participate in a yoga class! A walk or cruise along the UNESCO World Heritage Rideau Canal is another unparalleled, unless you wait for winter, it becomes a huge ice rink. Nearby is Major’s Hill Park, which is home to dozens of beautiful marmots and a short distance away from Rideau Falls, the Jacques-Cartier Park, which is full of little trails perfect for family outings. Do not miss a visit to Confederation Park to admire its beautiful monuments and … its haunted fountain or Dow’s Lake, to stretch your legs or go skiing (boating or snow).
A rich cultural life
Ottawa is known for its variety of world-class museums, exhibitions, festivals and events all year long. For example, if Winterlude animates the cold weeks of February with ice sculpture or skating competitions, the Canadian Tulip Festival is held in May. Many musical festivals such as Bluesfest, Chamberfest and the famous Jazz Festival take place on sunny days, between June and August. On the museum side, the city is spoiled with choice: war, aviation, fine arts, history and even food and agriculture, each theme has its own museum in Ottawa.