Relocating to Ottawa


February 20, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Uncategorized


Relocating to Ottawa

Relocating to Ottawa

Relocating to a new city can be exciting and challenging. The more you know, the easier the transition. Relocating to Ottawa may be the perfect place to call home and the following information will help you decide if it should be yours.

City of Ottawa

Ottawa from Parliament Hill

By the Numbers

Ottawa is economically Stable and is the fourth largest city in Canada and its capital city. Located in South East Ontario near the Quebec border, the latest population figures have the city proper at close to a million. According to recent studies, it has the 3rd highest quality of living in North America and is the country’s 2nd cleanest city. Its population is considered the most educated in Canada.

Bilingualism is the policy for official municipal business, and almost half of the population speaks both French and English. They are considered co-official languages.

Hull Quebec from Parliament Hill

Hull Quebec from Parliament Hill

Making a Living

As the capital city of Canada, the national headquarters for many government agencies are located in Ottawa, making Public Service of Canada its primary employer. The city also has a growing high-tech industry and is sometimes referred to as “Silicon Valley north.” The unemployment rate is one of the lowest in North America.

Parliament Hill Ottawa

Parliament Hill Ottawa

Quality of Life

Ottawa is a beautiful city that values its architectural heritage. The combination of historical buildings and lush green spaces evokes a quaint European charm. Take a walk along the Byward market or Wellington in front of the Parliament building to experience past glories up close. It is a bike-friendly city with many lanes and trails reserved for cyclists, joggers, and walkers. It is one of the safest cities in Canada, and also one of the cleanest.

ByWard Market

ByWard Market

Housing

The vibrant and youthful downtown neighborhoods in Ottawa are surprisingly affordable in comparison to other Canadian cities. It’s just a matter of time, but I guaranty the home prices will increase very soon.  As in every town, each neighborhood has its characteristics. The Glebe, for instance, is a popular area that combines urban living with local amenities like the beautiful gardens that bloom in the middle of the city and old colonial houses that mix with urban buildings. If suburban living is more to your liking, Kanata North is a family-oriented suburban area that has one of Ottawa’s fastest growing populations at approximately 35,000. Costs of buying and renting in Ottawa are among the most reasonable in Canada.

Culture

The National Arts Center is a National Historic site and one of the largest performing arts facilities in Canada. It is home to the National Arts Centre Orchestra and has four distinct performance venues to facilitate a variety of events.

The National Gallery of Canada is one of the country’s premier art venues. It specializes in Canadian art, but has works by many American and European artists as well and has been curating a growing collection of contemporary works. A giant sculpture of a spider by Louise Bourgeois guards the main entrance. Plus Ottawa has got lot of interesting museums, you can find them all on this list

National Gallery of Canada

National Gallery of Canada

Weather

Ottawa enjoys four distinct seasons. Spring is cool, wet, and green. Summer is humid and can get as hot as 90 F, but that is unusual. Fall is cool, colorful and comfortable. Winter is cold and snowy, but the city handles the cleanup efficiently, and it is seldom a problem.

Recreation

Ottawa has lots of green space and bike paths, walking/jogging trails, and public recreational areas are a testament to the city’s pride in physical wellness. In Winter, the Rideau Canal, which runs the length of the city, becomes the world’s longest skating rink. Scattered around the city in most neighborhoods you will find smaller dog-friendly parks within walking distance to your home with facilities for a child to play.  Also, there are tons of bigger parks where you can play organize sports and family outings.

Festivals

Many art and cultural festivals would mark your calendar if you lived in Ottawa. Winterlude in mid-February celebrates the joys of Winter, like ice skating and ice sculptures. Mulled wine and hot chocolate are available to keep you warm. Everything Irish is celebrated in mid-March during Irish week. Bluesfest is in July and attracts major music acts. The mellower Folk Fest in Hogback Park takes place in September.

Canada Day is the biggest celebration of all. It commemorates the day in 1867 when Canada became a country, so what better city to celebrate than the nation’s capital? Various attractions and entertainment line the downtown streets all through the day and a giant fireworks show ends the evening.

Sports

Ottawa is home to the Senators of the NHL, the CFL Redbacks and the basketball Skyhawks.

A vibrant city with charm, abundant employment, affordable and welcoming. Sounds like home.