Ottawa City Guide

by Jose Marc Castro on August 12, 2007

Ottawa is a city that is equally gifted with both stunning natural features and ultra modern urban conveniences. With a wide array of museums, galleries and other centers of culture–in addition to majestic historic landmarks–the city that is known to some as the “Silicon Valley Of The North” offers a wealth of riches that must be explored in depth to gain a clear picture of all that it can offer.

Residential Places in Ottawa

There are many factors that make Ottawa such an ideal residential area, not the least of which is the care and planning that the city has demonstrated in its land use. Residential homes take up the bulk of the city’s land area by far, with single-detached housing properties alone comprising up to 27% of all developed urban land area and taking up more than 73 square kilometers. Out of all urban land allocated for residential use, single-detached housing properties alone account for more than 70%! The importance that the city places on its residential land use is impressive, but it is made all the more so when you consider that the second highest land use in the city is vacant land that is earmarked for future expansion, the third highest is for roads and the fourth highest is for parks and various green spaces.  All these factors combine to make Ottawa a city that is truly an ideal residential location. The close proximity of most residential areas both in and out of the city to schools, shopping centers, museums and galleries all further contribute to the city’s ranking as being the sixth worldwide in terms of quality of life.

Hospitals and Universities of Ottawa

There are three major universities in Ottawa, namely: the University of Ottawa, Carleton University and Université de Québec à Hull. There are also two large community colleges in the city: Algonquin College and La Cité Collegiale. The University of Ottawa is among the oldest universities in Canada, having been established in 1856. It is also the largest bilingual learning institution in the country. With a strong focus on law and medicine, the local residents fondly refer to it as “Ottawa U”.

 

Carleton University offers more than 50 different areas of study, but it is primarily known for its focus on architecture, journalism, and public administration. 

Some other notable educational institutions in the city are the Herzing Career College, which as the name implies, is strongly focused on providing career opportunities for their students; Saint Paul University, which offers instruction in both French and English, and focuses on Roman and Eastern Catholicism and Anglican studies; and Le Cordon Bleu Paris Cooking School which is world renowned for its excellence in culinary instruction.

 

Ottawa’s Hospitals 

 There are many hospitals in Ottawa, both public and private, as well as numerous smaller clinics and health care facilities. In the Ottawa Central East district, you can find Rideau Friel Medical and Sandy Hill Community Health Centre. In Ottawa Central West, there is the Appletree Medical Centre, the Elgin Family Medical Centre and the Kent Family Medicine Centre. On the Ottawa East End, you will find another branch of the Appletree Medical Centre, the Hillside Family Medical Centre and the Orleans Garden Family Health Centre. This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the hospitals in Ottawa and you should look through the local listings of the particular area where you will be staying to find one that is close to you. 

Commercial Places in Ottawa

No matter where your culinary interests lie, you will surely find something to satisfy in Ottawa. With a healthy mix of cultures from all over the world, it is only logical that the restaurants and dining establishments in the city are equally diverse. For those times when only a steak will do, there is Al’s Steak House in the downtown area, where you can choose from a superb selection of selection of prime rib, sirloin and filet mignon. The Métropolitain Brasserie offers a Parisian menu, an extensive wine and cocktail list, and an elegant and charming outdoor setting

Shopping in Ottawa is just as rewarding as dining in its many excellent restaurants. There is a positively bewildering array of shopping malls, department stores and smaller specialty shops all over the city, all of them happy to part you with your money! The 240 Sparks Shopping Centre in the downtown area and the Bayshore Shopping Centre in the West end are good places to start while on the more specialist front, there is Frou Frou, which specializes in whimsical and cutting edge fashion, and East Wind with a focus on Asian functional décor.

Service Establishments of Ottawa

 As you can imagine from such a large urban center, Ottawa is well-equipped to handle all of your utility needs. This is through a host of companies and service providers that cover virtually every creature comfort you could possibly want or need.

 

Bell Canada provides telephone service for virtually the entire city, while Hydro Ottawa Limited and Hydro One provide electrical services in addition to other companies. Internet services in the city are provided by CanadianISP.com, Canadian Unlimited, Cyberus Online, Direct Internet Access Inc. and many others.

 

Ottawa also provides seven Client Service Centres throughout the city, where residents can pay their parking tickets, speeding tickets, water bills, property tax bills, pet registration renewal and registration and recreation and culture program fees all from one convenient location.

Embassies in Ottawa

If you are British national in Ottawa with any type of diplomatic concern, you are in luck, for the British High Commission–which is the main consular office outside the United Kingdom–is located right in the city. You can find them at 80 Elgin Street, Ottawa K1P 5K7.  You can also call them at (1) (613) 237 1530 and fax them for your specific concerns at the following numbers: (1) (613) 237 7980 for general inquiries, (1) (613) 232 0738 for management related concerns, (1) (613) 232 2533 for Visa related inquiries, (1) (613) 237 5211 for economic issues, (1) (613) 237 6537 for inquiries pertaining to your passport and (1) (613) 567 8045 for political concerns.  You can also email them at [email protected] or visit their web site at http://www.britishhighcommission.gov.uk/ and browse through the section on Canada. Office hours are from Monday to Friday, 0830 to 1630 local time. 

Residential Places in Ottawa

There are many factors that make Ottawa such an ideal residential area, not the least of which is the care and planning that the city has demonstrated in its land use. Residential homes take up the bulk of the city’s land area by far, with single-detached housing properties alone comprising up to 27% of all developed urban land area and taking up more than 73 square kilometers. Out of all urban land allocated for residential use, single-detached housing properties alone account for more than 70%! The importance that the city places on its residential land use is impressive, but it is made all the more so when you consider that the second highest land use in the city is vacant land that is earmarked for future expansion, the third highest is for roads and the fourth highest is for parks and various green spaces.  All these factors combine to make Ottawa a city that is truly an ideal residential location. The close proximity of most residential areas both in and out of the city to schools, shopping centers, museums and galleries all further contribute to the city’s ranking as being the sixth worldwide in terms of quality of life.

Hospitals and Universities of Ottawa

There are three major universities in Ottawa, namely: the University of Ottawa, Carleton University and Université de Québec à Hull. There are also two large community colleges in the city: Algonquin College and La Cité Collegiale. The University of Ottawa is among the oldest universities in Canada, having been established in 1856. It is also the largest bilingual learning institution in the country. With a strong focus on law and medicine, the local residents fondly refer to it as “Ottawa U”.

 

Carleton University offers more than 50 different areas of study, but it is primarily known for its focus on architecture, journalism, and public administration. 

Some other notable educational institutions in the city are the Herzing Career College, which as the name implies, is strongly focused on providing career opportunities for their students; Saint Paul University, which offers instruction in both French and English, and focuses on Roman and Eastern Catholicism and Anglican studies; and Le Cordon Bleu Paris Cooking School which is world renowned for its excellence in culinary instruction.

 

Ottawa’s Hospitals 

 There are many hospitals in Ottawa, both public and private, as well as numerous smaller clinics and health care facilities. In the Ottawa Central East district, you can find Rideau Friel Medical and Sandy Hill Community Health Centre. In Ottawa Central West, there is the Appletree Medical Centre, the Elgin Family Medical Centre and the Kent Family Medicine Centre. On the Ottawa East End, you will find another branch of the Appletree Medical Centre, the Hillside Family Medical Centre and the Orleans Garden Family Health Centre. This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the hospitals in Ottawa and you should look through the local listings of the particular area where you will be staying to find one that is close to you. 

Commercial Places in Ottawa

No matter where your culinary interests lie, you will surely find something to satisfy in Ottawa. With a healthy mix of cultures from all over the world, it is only logical that the restaurants and dining establishments in the city are equally diverse. For those times when only a steak will do, there is Al’s Steak House in the downtown area, where you can choose from a superb selection of selection of prime rib, sirloin and filet mignon. The Métropolitain Brasserie offers a Parisian menu, an extensive wine and cocktail list, and an elegant and charming outdoor setting

Shopping in Ottawa is just as rewarding as dining in its many excellent restaurants. There is a positively bewildering array of shopping malls, department stores and smaller specialty shops all over the city, all of them happy to part you with your money! The 240 Sparks Shopping Centre in the downtown area and the Bayshore Shopping Centre in the West end are good places to start while on the more specialist front, there is Frou Frou, which specializes in whimsical and cutting edge fashion, and East Wind with a focus on Asian functional décor.

Service Establishments of Ottawa

 As you can imagine from such a large urban center, Ottawa is well-equipped to handle all of your utility needs. This is through a host of companies and service providers that cover virtually every creature comfort you could possibly want or need.

 

Bell Canada provides telephone service for virtually the entire city, while Hydro Ottawa Limited and Hydro One provide electrical services in addition to other companies. Internet services in the city are provided by CanadianISP.com, Canadian Unlimited, Cyberus Online, Direct Internet Access Inc. and many others.

 

Ottawa also provides seven Client Service Centres throughout the city, where residents can pay their parking tickets, speeding tickets, water bills, property tax bills, pet registration renewal and registration and recreation and culture program fees all from one convenient location.

Embassies in Ottawa

If you are British national in Ottawa with any type of diplomatic concern, you are in luck, for the British High Commission–which is the main consular office outside the United Kingdom–is located right in the city. You can find them at 80 Elgin Street, Ottawa K1P 5K7.  You can also call them at (1) (613) 237 1530 and fax them for your specific concerns at the following numbers: (1) (613) 237 7980 for general inquiries, (1) (613) 232 0738 for management related concerns, (1) (613) 232 2533 for Visa related inquiries, (1) (613) 237 5211 for economic issues, (1) (613) 237 6537 for inquiries pertaining to your passport and (1) (613) 567 8045 for political concerns.  You can also email them at [email protected] or visit their web site at http://www.britishhighcommission.gov.uk/ and browse through the section on Canada. Office hours are from Monday to Friday, 0830 to 1630 local time.

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