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Ottawa, Ontario (City)

Canada is a country in the northern half of North America. It is the 2nd largest country in the world in area, after Russia, and has the longest coastline of any country in the world, being next to the Pacific, Arctic, and Atlantic Oceans. Canada has the highest mountain range in the whole world. Around 30 million people live in Canada's ten provinces and three territories. Ottawa is the capital of Canada.

Ottawa is the capital of Canada and the country's fourth largest city, as well as the second largest city in the province of Ontario after the provincial capital of Toronto. It is located in the Ottawa Valley on the eastern edge of the province of Ontario. The city lies on the banks of the Ottawa River. The total population of the city, according to 2005 census was 859,704 and the total area being 2,778.64 square kilometers. This region was long home to First Nations people who were part of the Algonquin. The first European settlement in the region was that of Philemon Wright who started a community on the Quebec side of the river in 1800. Wright had discovered that transporting timber by river from the Ottawa Valley to Montreal was possible.
Ottawa has become a centre of industry, education, administration and culture. Ottawa is served by rail passenger service, a number of airlines that fly into Ottawa Macdonald Cartier International airport and inter city bus companies such as Greyhound through the Ottawa bus central station. The extreme range in temperature allows Ottawa to boast a variety of annual activities and the requirement of a wide range of clothing. The city is a home to one major league sports team known as the Ottawa senator ice hockey team. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace.

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