As the capital city of Canada, Ottawa has Canadian culture at its best. It has the best National museums, galleries and concert halls. For nature lovers there are parks, rivers, lakes, beaches. Nearby in fact, there is a wild-life park that showcases all the famous animals of Canada, such as wolves, bears, beavers and deer.
It’s quite small by world standards, with around 1 million people, but it packs a lot into the relatively small size. We have over 80 embassies so there’s a constant multi-cultural flow of people from around the world. There are a large number of university and college students who attend our 2 universities and large colleges. This means there are a wide range of cultural restaurants and cafes to choose from.
Ottawa changes dramatically from season to season. Canada is known for being cold, and we certainly do have cold and snowy weather from December to March, but the summer is warm and sunny from May to September. So, we have the best of both worlds!
The city is home to international festivals, which also change from season to season. In springtime the city comes alive with colour as thousands of tulips bloom during the Tulip Festival. Summer time has outdoor music festivals, fun runs, Canada Day celebrations, beach volleyball tournaments and Dragon Boating! The fall is a beautiful time to get back to nature and enjoy the colourful leaves in Gatineau Park. Then it’s time to bundle up for winter which starts with the Christmas celebrations and then Winterlude, one of the world’s largest winter festivals.
Ottawa is also a great base for exploring the Eastern region of North America. We are mid-way between Niagara falls, Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City. We work with a student travel agency who also run trips to New York and Boston, so if you have a US visa that’s a great experience.
Studying in Ottawa really opens up a wide range of educational, cultural and social options. It’s a lesson in English and life in general.