Ottawa – Canada’s Capital City

Come to Ottawa and enjoy the best of Canada. Our capital showcases Canadian culture from coast-to-coast-to-coast – from the nation’s treasures and tastes to its favourite pastimes.

Ottawa, Ontario, and Gatineau, Québec, together form the National Capital Region, which has a population of about 1.3 million people. Both of Canada’s official languages – English and French – are widely spoken in Ottawa.

For the ease of delegates and companions, ICOLD 2019 activities and accommodation will be centred in Ottawa’s lively and safe downtown core. Easy access to entertainment, shopping centres and open-air markets, recreation and culture – the National Art Gallery, national museums of nature, war and the National Library and Archives – create once-in-a-lifetime experiences for all those participating in ICOLD 2019.

For more information on the region click below

Ottawa Tourism


Tourisme Outaouais


Did You Know

  • Ottawa has more scientists, engineers, and PhD’s per capita out of every city in Canada.
  • The Canadian Museum of History is the most visited museum in all of Canada.
  • It’s actually the seventh coldest capital city in the world.
  • In addition to being the world’s longest skating rink, the Rideau Canal is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Ottawa is a multilingual city. Approximately 50% of people speak English, 32% French and the rest a mix of other languages including Chinese, Arabic, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.
  • According to Forbes Ottawa is the fourth cleanest city out of 300 major cities ranked around the world
  • Nearly half the population is under the age of 35 – making it one of the youngest cities in the country.
  • The beautiful Château Laurier Hotel is said to be haunted by the ghost of Charles Melville Hays, the president of the company that built the hotel. Hays died on the Titanic, 12 days before the hotel’s opening
  • Paul Anka, Lorne Greene, Alanis Morissette, Dan Ankroyd, Adrienne Clarkson, Tom Green, Peter Jennings, Rich Little, Sandra Oh, Matthew Perry, Shelagh Rogers are all from Ottawa.