Friday, 25 April 2014

#28 CA-423057 3 April 2014

Sent : 15 March 2014 (from Canada)
Received : 3 April 2014
Distance : 15,822 km (9,831 miles)
Travelling : 19 days

OTTAWA is the capital city of Canada, and the fourth largest city in the country. The city stands on the south bank of the Ottawa River in the eastern portion of Southern Ontario. Ottawa borders Gatineau, Quebec, and together they form the National Capital Region (NCR).

As the capital city, Ottawa has many national landmarks such as Parliament Hill, Canada's central government buildings that mimic the Houses of Parliament in the United Kingdom; National Gallery of Canada, the Royal Canadian Mint Canada where money is printed (and other branches in Winnipeg); Rideau Canal, and others. One other trademarks are Ottawa Scotiabank Place, the stadium for ice hockey NHL team or the National Hockey League, Ottawa Senators.

Founded in 1826 as Bytown and incorporated as "Ottawa" in 1855, the city has evolved into a political and technological centre of Canada. Its original boundaries were expanded through numerous minor annexations and ultimately replaced by a new city incorporation and major amalgamation in 2001 which significantly increased its land area. The name "Ottawa" is derived from the Algonquin word adawe, meaning "to trade". Initially an Irish and French Christian settlement, Ottawa has become a multicultural city with a diverse population.

The 2011 census had the city's population as 883,391, the census metropolitan area (CMA) population as 1,236,324. Mercer ranks Ottawa with the second highest quality of living of any large city in the Americas, and 14th highest in the world. It is also rated the second cleanest city in Canada, and third cleanest city in the world. In 2012, the city was ranked for the third consecutive year as the best community in Canada to live in by MoneySense.

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