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Welcome to Ottawa, home to Canada’s federal government and more than 125 foreign diplomatic missions. Situated on the banks of the Ottawa River and the border between the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, the national capital is a picturesque city that is rich in Canadian history and boasts a strong arts and culture scene. Here’s our guide to the people you should know and the places you should go while you’re based in Canada’s quiet but friendly capital.

You’ve come to Ottawa at an exciting time in Canadian politics. The three main federal political parties are in a tight race...

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