Our City and Our Campus
Ottawa is one of the most diverse cities in Canada. It owes its cosmopolitan flavour to its distinctive bilingual heritage and to the many immigrants who settle here each year. Established in 1826, Ottawa is also one of North America’s most historic cities. It was named Canada’s capital in 1857, thanks to its prime location between Toronto and Quebec City. Beyond its political importance, Ottawa ranks among the cleanest and safest cities in the world.
With a population of just over one million, Ottawa has all the advantages of a large urban centre. Throughout the year, its lively festivals, magnificent museums and talented performing arts companies draw thousands of people from across Canada and around the world. Yet, its stunning green spaces give the city the feel of a smaller urban centre. Visitors have easy access to spectacular parks and wilderness where they can enjoy outdoor activities such as cross-country skiing, mountain biking and white-water rafting.
Our city has something for everyone:
- The Rideau Canal—a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest skating rink in the world
- The National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Civilization—world-class showcases of art, architecture and culture
- Parliament Hill—the seat of the federal government and the setting for Canada Day celebrations
- The ByWard Market—a downtown shopping and dining district where you will also find one of the country’s oldest farmers’ markets
- Bluesfest—one of North America’s largest outdoor music festivals
- The Canadian Tulip Festival—an annual display of tulips along the Rideau Canal
- Gatineau Park—a wilderness area that includes more than 350 square kilometres of forest, lakes, foothills and nature trails
For more information on things to see and do in Ottawa, visit Ottawa Tourism.
Located steps away from many of the city’s major attractions, the University of Ottawa is a vibrant centre of learning. Its rich selection of more than 300 undergraduate and 150 graduate programs attracts nearly 40,000 students from across Canada and more than 100 other countries. The University’s faculties of Engineering, Management, Medicine, and Science, among others, contribute to its standing as one of the top 10 research institutions in Canada. With its broad range of programs, innovative research initiatives and uniquely bilingual campus, the University of Ottawa has earned its reputation as “Canada’s university.”
Students will find many resources and activities on campus:
- Multipurpose computer facilities
- Modern multimedia classrooms
- Extensive library system
- Regularly scheduled concerts, plays and films
- International student organizations and festivals
- Excellent leisure and sports facilities