Ottawa was selected in 1857 by Queen Victoria as the capital of the united Province of Canada. Being named the capital spurred Ottawa’s growth.

The National Capital Commission (NCC), created in 1959, is a Crown Corporation dedicated to the beautification of the city which was built up around heritage buildings, historic sites and landmarks

Ottawa is an urban centre surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. Rapids and waterfalls punctuate river courses, which are protected by parks and driveways. Read more at the Canadian Encyclopedia and at Ottawa’s official webpage.

Additionally, check out some Key Facts about Ottawa and find out how much you know about Canada at The Guardian’s quiz.

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ottawa  in the winter

Rideau canal in the winter, Ottawa. Source: