Nestled at the junction of three picturesque rivers, Ottawa is one of the world’s most beautiful capitals. As Canada’s Capital, and the country’s fourth largest city (CMA population: 1.2 million), Ottawa is truly cosmopolitan—a North American city with a distinctly European charm and flair. The city borders the province of Quebec, creating a dynamic cultural milieu deeply rooted in French and English cultures. Ottawa also represents a microcosm of Canadian society and its linguistic, cultural and ethnic diversity: more than 22% of the population was born outside Canada. From world-renowned museums and galleries, to international culture and world-class entertainment, Ottawa has something for everyone. The seat of Canada’s federal government, the city retains the accessibility, atmosphere and charm of a smaller centre, rich in wide-open green spaces, parks and wilderness areas.
During the school year, Ottawa is also home to tens of thousands of postsecondary students, who flock to the city from across the country and around the world to further their education in the Nation’s Capital. Our postsecondary institutions, which include Carleton University, Algonquin College and the University of Ottawa—the largest English-French bilingual university in the world—are internationally renowned for their high-quality programs and research innovation.