Official language: English, French
Time zone: UTC-4 (summer), UTC-5 (winter)
Currency: Canadian dollar (CAD)
Before a journey to Canada, including of course Ottawa, it is worth to take adapter to sockets, without it you won’t be able to use your electronic devices. The voltage is at 110 volts.
Making shopping while staying in Ottawa, remember not to get fooled by a price tag. It is not final one, as to a given amount you have to always add Vat Tax!
One of the most popular snacks in the region is poutine, French fries with roasting sauce, sprinkled with cheese. There is taking place a festival, during which you can try many variations of this dish.
Ottawa is the fourth biggest city in Canada, and also its capital. That fact is often causing astonishment at people, that are convinced it is Toronto. The level of life in there is the highest in the whole country. Its climate is close to that of tiny American towns, and all names are written in tow languages – English and French.
When one hundred and fifty years ago Queen Victoria co-decided of choosing a candidate for the capital of Canada, she appointed Ottawa, due to the fact it wasn’t biased towards neither English nor French side.one of the most popular buildings in the city is the Parliament. It is situated at the Parliament Hill, looks very majestic and you definitely have to see it!
Sightseeing of the Parliament is free of charge, and at tourists’ disposal is a guide. The only thing you have to do, is check-in at the spot in front of the building, get your ticket number that allows to visit the building at specific hour. In stories told by a guide, one can feel the great pride of being the citizen of Canada, that sometimes is a bit exaggerated. But if you set your mindset positively, you will get to know many interesting things, for sure.
Ottawa is a very charming city, clear and, above all, multi-cultural. You won’t have any issues with communicating, most of people speak fluently both English and French, and apart form that in many other languages, as locals are among the best educated people in the world.
In Ottawa, as for the multi-cultural country, you can eat dishes of almost every country that comes to your mind. Among the most popular places, with the most delicious cuisine, it is worth to name, for instance, La Bottega at George Street 26, where reigning are Italian dishes. Other great option is Absinthe at Wellington Street 1208, in which you will something for yourself, especially if you are a fan of French cuisine. Canadian dishes you can try in Gezelligat Richmond Road 337 or in NeXT at Hazeldean Road 6400.