Choosing a capital city is not easy! To settle it, Queen Victoria chose Ottawa because it was centrally located between the cities of Montreal and Toronto, and was along the border of Ontario and Quebec (the centre of Canada at the time). It was also far from the American border, making it safer from attacks.
When did Ottawa became the capital of Canada?
1866 The Build-up to 1857 Toronto was the capital in 1849-1851, and 1855-1859; Quebec was the capital in 1851-1855, and 1859-1865. Ottawa became the functional legislative capital in 1866, and was officially made the Capital of the Dominion of Canada with Confederation in 1867.
Why is it called Ottawa?
Ottawa, Canada The name Ottawa is derived from the Algonquin word “adawe”, which means “to trade”. The settlement was originally incorporated as Bytown in 1850. The name was changed to Ottawa in 1855.
What is Ottawa known for?
Ottawa is Canadas capital city. Other things to do in Ottawa include cruising along Ottawa River, or boating in Rideau Canal which turns into the worlds largest skating rink in winter – its fair to say that Ottawa is great to visit in any season. ...