Map of Ottawa Area. Detailed map of the highway and roads of Ottawa Area with cities and towns
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Once the rough-and-tumble logging town of Bytown, Ottawa has blossomed into a national capital to be proud of. Architecturally, Ottawa is a visually pleasing mix of Gothic towers, copper roofs, stately greystone buildings, and a fabulous glass edifice housing the Art Gallery of Canada. In winter, the Rideau Canal becomes the longest skating rink in the world, and the focus of Winterlude, one of North America's largest winter festivals. While many of the capital's attractions-such as Parliament Hill, the Royal Canadian Mint, and the National Arts Centre-lie in Ottawa, the Casino and the Museum of Civilization are located across the river in Hull, Quebec. The latter offers one of the most impressive views of the Parliament Buildings.
Mounted police at the National Gallery of Canada
Carp [E1] Located near Carp is Canada's Cold War Museum, dubbed the "Diefenbunker." Built in secrecy between 1959 and 1961, the four-story underground facility was to house the essentials of government in the event of a nuclear attack, including the Emergency Government Operations Centre, the Bank of Canada Vault (which would have stored Canada's gold reserve), and a once-secret emergency broadcast tape at an underground CBC radio studio.
Cumberland [C5] The Cumberland Heritage Village Museum is a living history site consisting of over 20 buildings including a train station, a church, a school, a garage, a community hall, several historic homes, a period band-shell, and a sawmill. It preserves the lifestyles, occupations, and industries of Cumberland township and the Lower Ottawa Valley between 1880 and 1935.
Gatineau Park, Quebec [C1-C2] Located minutes north of Ottawa, this Quebec park offers almost 35,000 hectares of wilderness that can be enjoyed year-round. There are 40 lakes and over 200 km of groomed trails ideal for hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield train, the last authentic steam-powered train operating in Eastern Canada, offers half-day trips along the edge of the park. Kingsmere, Mackenzie King's beautifully restored summer estate, is also here, and the popular Moorside tearoom overlooks the estate.
[B8] This resort community is named after the seigneurial stone manor built here in 1850 by Louis-Joseph Papineau (1786-1871), leader of the 1837 rebellion of Lower Canada. Chateau Montebello is the world's largest log building. It was built by the prestigious Seigniory Club in 1930 out of 10,000 red cedar logs transported all the way from British Columbia. Its fairly secluded idyllic location, elegant hospitality, and proximity to Ottawa make it a popular setting for international meetings as well as passing tourists.
Ottawa's name is adapted from from the First Nations word adawa ("traders"), the name of an Algonquin tribe who settled and traded furs at the juncture of the Ottawa, Gatineau, and Rideau rivers. The area came into prominence after the War of 1812, when Col. John By and his Royal Engineers arrived in 1826 to build the Rideau Canal, the largest construction project on the continent. The canal drew a large influx of workmen to what was then called Bytown. Queen Victoria chose the renamed Ottawa as Canada's capital in 1857. Today, Ottawa boasts an impressive array of museums, historic sites, attractions, and over 50 festivals, and the Rideau Canal teems with pleasure crafts in summer, and skaters in winter. Cycling and walking paths along the Rideau Canal form North America's longest interconnected city bike path.
Parliament Hill Rideau Canal National Gallery of Canada National Arts Centre National Library of Canada Canadian Museum of Nature National Aviation
Museum Canada Science Et Technology Museum Royal Canadian Mint Canadian War Museum Canadian Ski Museum Bytown Museum Et
Ottawa Locks Laurier House (1878) Rideau Hall (1838) Notre Dame Basilica Supreme Court of Canada Sussex Drive Byward Market Gatineau Park Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull Casino de Hull
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Map of Ottawa Area. Detailed map of the highway and local roads of Ottawa Area with cities and towns