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Ottawa is the capital city of Canada, which sprawls along the southern side of the Ottawa River. Ottawa is a government town, dominated physically and spiritually by the neo-Gothic Parliament Buildings.

A population of 1,200,000 makes Ottawa the fourth-largest urban area in Canada. Ottawa has ranked sixth in the world in terms of its quality of life by the Corporate Resources Group, a Swiss-based management firm.

Ottawa is also home to major arts and sciences facilties including the Ottawa National Museum of Civilization, The Science and interesting Tech Museum, The National Gallery of Canada, The National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Situated on the border of the provinces of Ontario and Québec in central Canada, Ottawa and its sister city Gatineau is the national capital of Canada. Nestled on the banks of the Ottawa, Rideau and Gatineau rivers, it is a city rich in natural and cultural heritage, with French and English as the city's official languages. The city has a population of 1.2 million, making Ottawa the fourth largest urban area in Canada. The city's downtown core (where the conference is being held) is very compact, which makes it easy to access many of the city's attractions by foot. There are over 30 museums, many more galleries, fine dining and shopping, national institutions, heritage sites and historical architecture to explore.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Gatineau Park is a beautiful, large nature park located just minutes outside of Ottawa. Gatineau Park is 361 square kilometres, with 165 kilometres of hiking and cross-country ski trails. The park is home to a diversity of Canadian wildlife, including black bears, timber wolves, white-tailed deer, beavers, 237 different bird species and a host of plant species. Its hardwood forests turn brilliant colours during the autumn (mainly in October).

For more information about things to do in and around Ottawa (including Gatineau Park), visit http://www.ottawatourism.ca and http://www.canadascapital.gc.ca/bins/index.asp.

City of Ottawa Fast Facts:

· Ottawa is known as 'Silicon Valley North', home to Nortel, Corel, and many others
· Ottawa sees more than five and a half million tourists per annum
· Ottawa is located in eastern Ontario where three mighty rivers meet
· Ottawa river flows through Ottawa City

Useful Ottawa Links:

· City of Ottawa Canada - www.city.ottawa.on.ca
· Another Otawa Canada web site - www.ottawa.com
· Ottawa International Airport - www.ottawa-airport.ca
· Ottawa Canada Region - www.ottawaregion.com
· Carlton University in Otava Canada - www.carleton.ca
· University of Ottawa in Ontario Canada - www.uottawa.ca

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