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One of the Most Beautiful G8 Capitals

Aug 17, 2007
The capital of Canada is Ottawa and it is the countrys fourth largest city. It sit on the banks of the Rideau Gatineau and Ottawa rivers. Ottawa is one of the most beautiful G8 capitals in the world. It is also rich in culture and heritage with its many national institutions, waterways parklands and historic architecture. It is home to a large number of foreign embassies and is a recognized as a centre for both academics and professional training.

Ottawa has more restaurants per capita than almost any other city in the country.

There are a number of shopping areas which are perfect for outdoor strolling and feature a wide range of locally crafted, original and antique merchandise. The Bank Street Promenade, Rideaus Street The Glebe Byward Market are all areas where people can wander at ease.

Sparks Street Mall Canadas oldest pedestrian mall Stretching three blocks, it is home to a number of specialty shops including Nocean, OSheas Market Ireland and Canadas Four Corners at the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets, which sells a wide selection of original Inuit carvings and other Native Canadian artwork and accessories. During the summer months, the mall is buzzing with activity.

ByWard Market Square is located in the downtown area of Ottawa residential neighbourhoods and oldest commercial areas and the cradle of the citys Irish, French and Jewish populations. The original market building was constructed in 1848 and the current one was built in 1926.

There are numerous pubs, clubs, and bars that provide music, dancing and even comedy. Elgin Street The ByWard Market, and Hull are just three of the most popular areas for your evening entertainment. The Ottawa bars are open nightly until 2am

The Rideau Canal was built between 1827 and 1832 without the aid of power machinery, the Canal is one of Ottawa's oldest landmarks. During the summer a wide range of vessels, including tour boats, glide along the waterway, while people in line skate, jog or stroll on the canals picturesque banks. During the winter, the canal is transformed into the Worlds Longest Skating Rink, and is a hub of activity during Ottawas Winter festival

Notre Dame Basilica was built between 1839 and 1885, this Gothic cathedral is the oldest surviving church in Ottawa. Its twin spires and gilded Madonna are easily identifiable from nearby Parliament Hill and the surrounding area. The interior of the church is brightly painted and decorated with carved features, exquisite stained glass windows and hundreds of statues of various religious figures.
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Douglas Scott writes for The Cheap Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Ottawa Rental Site
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