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About Ottawa

The Ottawa Region, covering an area 4,662 square kilometres (1,800 square miles) in size, is unique in its history, geography and lifestyle. It offers a wide variety of urban attractions: many of Canada's best museums and cultural facilities, as well as the Parliament Buildings and other historical structures and major institutions, are located in the Capital area.

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At the same time, the Ottawa Region lies within minutes of golfing, fishing, hiking, skiing, and many other outdoor adventures and wilderness activities. Three rivers (the Ottawa, the Rideau and the Gatineau), hundreds of lakes, the historic Rideau Canal for boating and skating, green spaces, and bicycle paths provide ample natural amenities within the Capital area.

The major local industries are advanced technology, tourism, retail and services. Ottawa has been ranked sixth in the world in terms of quality of life. This rating is based on many factors, including low crime rates, environmental cleanliness, public services, political stability, and socio-economic conditions.

Ottawa is home to 12 national museums devoted to Canadian art, nature, science and technology, aviation, war civilization and more. Also of interest are the Royal Canadian Mint and the Byward Market, which is constantly buzzing with people visiting the many restaurants, shops and pubs.

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