Every city has its own share of wonderful and interesting facts, and the city and capitol of Canada, Ottawa, is no different. If you have ever wondered what some of these interesting and unique factoids may be, I aim to please by sharing a nice portion of them with you. No matter if you are a resident of Ottawa, or you plan on visiting Ottawa in the near future, it can never hurt to know more useful information about one of Canada’s largest and most diverse cities.
Inside of the city, the population of Ottawa is 323,300. However, the actual surrounding metropolitan region has more than a million persons.
Ottawa’s elevation is around 285 feet.
Ottawa uses the same time zone as New York City, which runs on Eastern Standard Time.
Residents dial 911 (just like they do in the US) for emergencies.
There are eleven public holidays in Canada, which are also celebrated in Ottawa: New Year’s Day (Jan 1st), Good Friday (in either April or in March of each year), Victoria Day (the third Monday in the month of May), Canada Day (July 1st), Civic Holiday (the first Monday of August), Labor Day (first Monday of September), Thanksgiving Day (second Monday of October), Remembrance Day (November 11th), Christmas Day (December 25th) and Boxing Day (December 26th).
The Canadian Head of State, and its official Queen is Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
Canada operates using the metric system.
The Macdonald-Cartier International Airport in Ottawa features 16 different airlines offering domestic and international flights.
Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission boasts a busing route with more than 130 different routes. Day passes are even available at most retail stores in Ottawa, and offer unlimited daytime transportation on all bus routes in Ottawa.
Other cool facts about Canada:
Next to Russia, Canada is the second for largest countries in the world by land mass; it’s a whopping 3,855,103 miles.
The population density of Canada is only 8.6 persons (per square mile); it’s the 9th least populated country in the world.
Canada has the 8th highest rate of life expectancy in the world; the average person lives to be about 82 years of age.
Canada’s coastline is the largest in the world, an amazing 151,600 miles long.
About nine percent of the entire world’s supply of water is in Canada.
The border between the United States and Canada is the longest border in the world, measured at roughly 5,500 miles, including Alaska’s border to Canada.