Ottawa is located where the Ottawa River is joined by the Rideau River on one side and the Gatineau River on the other.
The city was a portage spot for the early fur traders because of two major rapids. Called Bytown in its early days, it was one endpoint of the Rideau Canal, built in 1846 to bypass the St Lawrence Seaway. In 1867, the city was made the capital of the new country of Canada.
While the city has long been a centre for government, decentralization in the 1970s moved several departments away from the city. Ottawa has since grown into "Silicon Valley North" with 500 well-known technology companies including Corel, Newbridge, Mitel, and Northern Telecom.
Over that time, many government departments were relocated over the Quebec side of the river, to help create jobs and tax base for Hull, which was just beginning to shed its "lumbertown" reputation (and the federal government was trying to mitigate the shutdown of the EB Eddy mill on the Ottawa River, to beautify the views around Parliament Hill). The National Capital Region is an official Federal designation for the Canadian capital which combined Ottawa, Gatineau, and the surrounding area of 5,319 square kilometres and an aggregate population of 1,168,800 (2007).
In 2001, the city of Ottawa was amalgamated with the surrounding municipalities on the Ontario side, including Nepean, Kanata, Rockliffe Park, Vanier and Cumberland, as well as townships that were part of the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton, including West Carleton, Osgoode, Rideau and Goulbourn. This made a number of "bedroom communities" that were beyond the Greenbelt natural area officially part of Ottawa.
In 2002, the municipalities on the Quebec side (Aylmer, Hull, Gatineau, Buckingham and Masson-Angers) amalgamated into the city of Gatineau.
Ottawa has an excellent transportation network, and lies at the junction of 417 the Trans-Canada Highway and 416 which connects to the US and Toronto. It has a series of parkways along its rivers and canals and an excellent OC Transpo public transit system, combining bus, bus-rapid transit ("BRT") and light rail transit, which integrates with the STO (Outaouais) transit in Gatineau. Its international airport has excellent connections to cities around Canada, the United States, to Europe, as well as winter sun destinations. Recreational boaters can take the Rideau Canal to Lake Ontario.
In 1994, Ottawa was ranked the best city in Canada by Chatelaine magazine in terms of crime rates, air quality, job prospects and green space. Ottawa was also ranked sixth in the world by the Corporate Resources Group. Ottawa is enclosed by a 42,240 acre greenbelt of protected farmland, wetlands. The Rideau Canal meanders through the city for summer boating and winter skating, and the Gatineau Hills and Park, which offer outstanding recreational opportunities and breathtaking views, are located only 10 minutes from the downtown core.
The city has 29 museums, including 12 exhibiting national treasures, many historical buildings as old as 150 years, and hosts over 60 festivals, including the internationally recognized Winterlude and Canadian Tulip Festival. In the wintertime, the Rideau Canal becomes the world's longest skating rink.
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Here are some of the Ottawa-Gatineau Home & Condo builders listed in the Moving In Canada directory:
Metric Homes has been building Ottawa's highest quality custom homes for over 35 years. Whether Modern or Classic, each custom home we create is outstanding for its quality and attention to detail.
Builder of Modular homes and cottages with over 40 years of building experience throughout Ontario and Western Quebec. Builder of Turn Key Homes including Foundations.
Integrity Masonry Inc. offers professional bricklaying and stone masonry services to homeowners in Ottawa.
Cambridge Design Gallery prides itself on being the go-to choice for clients in Ottawa for an Interior Decorator, Kitchen Renovations and Bathroom Renovations.
Phoenix Homes has built more than 4,500 homes in Ottawa and the surrounding areas since 1997. From popular single, towns, stacked towns, bungalows, semi-detached, and apartment dwellings.
Here are some of the Ottawa-Gatineau realtors with knowledge of suitable homes available in the neighbourhood you want, listed in the Moving In Canada directory:
House Curious is the #1 Ottawa real estate agent in the Ottawa area. Joanne Martin has an impeccable track record with providing Ottawa home buyers with an excellent home buying experience.
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We are a passionate team of hard working realty brokers in Ottawa. Our agents are specially trained in specific Ottawa areas to provide superiour real estate services.
Here are some of the Ottawa-Gatineau mortgage lending and mortgage broker companies listed in the Moving In Canada directory:
Certified Mortgage Brokers Ottawa is an experienced mortgage company that delivers the best results based on your financial needs. You can rely on receiving the best service by working with us.
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Here are some of the Ottawa-Gatineau moving & storage companies listed in the Moving In Canada directory:
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK provides residential and business moving services, storage services, and packing supplies. We take pride in our "Movers Who Care" reputation and our 96% referral rate.
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Here are some of the great neighbourhoods you can move to in & around Ottawa-Gatineau
ON: Riverside South is a suburban community is located in the former city of Gloucester just southwest of the Ottawa Airport., and developed mostly since 1990
ON: Orleans is one of Ottawa^s fastest growing suburban communities, started as a bedroom community in Gloucester just outside the NCC Greenbelt.
ON: Little Italy is just north of Dows Lake and is a vibrant cultural community. Hintonburg is west of downtown Ottawa, and has its commercial strip located along Wellington Street West
ON: This area is just north of the airport, on both side of Hunt Club Road, and between the Airport Parkway to the east and the Rideau River to the west. The community is surrounded by Greenbelt
ON: Vanier lies east of the Rideau River, between Rockcliffe and New Edinburgh to the north and Gloucester to the southeast. Vanier has a relatively small area with a high population density.
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