Canada’s capital has no shortage of historical charms — from Gothic Parliament buildings to a Unesco World Heritage canal — but it has long been dogged by a reputation as a workaday government center. A weekend in the city, however, proves otherwise. With a thriving food scene, a multicultural and multilingual sensibility owing to its location on the Ontario-Quebec border and an outsize night life, Ottawa is emerging from the shadow of Montreal and Toronto with new infrastructure projects, including a multibillion-dollar light-rail line. As it gears up for Canada’s 150th birthday bash this year, with a host of exhibitions and galleries set to open, Ottawa is anything but business as usual.
Always great to see Ottawa being written about in the New York Times. It is truly not a only government work center, it’s finally waking up.