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The City of Ottawa
Ottawa is one of the world’s most beautiful communities in which to live, work, learn, play, and raise a family. The city prides itself on its quality of life. It is home to a wide range of age groups from families with children to adult professionals to university students and senior citizens. As a G8 capital city, Ottawa is Canada’s showcase city to the world. It is endowed with a number of national museums and performing arts institutions, as well as a rich local cultural and heritage fabric. The city is graced with a civic design that places high priority on green spaces, parklands and trails, making Ottawa a bright and beautiful landscape for all to enjoy.
There is an extensive network of biking and walking trails that run throughout the city and surrounding areas. You may want to familiarize yourself with a trail map to make sure you know how long the trail is and where it will lead you to.
During the winter months you can go for a skate on the World’s Longest Skating Rink – the Rideau Canal. If in town during the first half of February, you can participate in an annual winter celebration that takes place on the Rideau Canal and surrounding area, called Winterlude. The city is located within minutes of multiple ski hills, and about 1 and one half hours from Mont Tremblant, boasting a summit with an elevation of 875 metres (2,871 ft).
During the summer months, you may want to relax on one of the four beaches located within the city – yes there are beaches. You will find Britannia Bay Beach located in the west end of the city, Westboro beach just west of the downtown core, Mooney’s Bay Beach in the south, and petrie Island Beach to the east.