coming to the Nation’s Capital,
’s 4th largest city, a place rich with
called Bytown, after Lt-
John By, who was a military engineer brought in to oversee the
construction of the
. It was officially changed to
in 1855. Queen
in 1857 chose
as the capital of what was then the
. Ten years later, in 1867, with the new British North America
became the permanent capital of the Dominion of Canada!
Population at that time: 18,000!
is built along the Ottawa River, which runs East- West and
( the longest naturally frozen skating rink in the world!)
was completed in 1832 . It was built as a secure supply route
, so as to avoid the
St Lawrence River
route, which during the War of 1812, was very vulnerable.
Parliament buildings were completed in 1866. East and West
blocks were completed first, followed by the Centre Block. They
were severely damaged by fire in 1916, and rebuilt. The Library
was the only portion spared by the fire. It is an excellent
example of Gothic Revival architecture. Make sure to take a tour
of Parliament – you’ll spend a fascinating couple of hours!
1881, the population of
was over 25,000.
stretches along the
. It encompasses an
area of 2800 sq. kilometers, and is 80% rural in nature!
has 850 parks for all to enjoy! Plus there is a stretch of
surrounding the city proper. Most of it is owned and managed by
the National Capital Commission.
had developed into the Regional Municipality of
Ottawa-Carleton and had a population of 410,000. In
2001, the city amalgamated with 11 different townships plus
cities to make what is now the City of
. Ottawa now goes from the Eastern border of Arnprior to
Cumberland, and as far South as Burritt’s Rapids, and
includes Vanier, Rockcliffe,
Gloucester, Blackburn Hamlet, Orleans, Cumberland, Nepean,
Barrhaven, Riverside South, Manotick, Greely, Kanata,
Stittsville and more. By the end of 2011, the population
was approximately 917,500. On any given day the population
jumps by an extra 100,000 people who come in to the city for
business or sightseeing!
are a few more interesting facts about
, and a few places to be sure not to miss!
climate offers 4 distinct seasons- luckily there are so
many things to do that the time can really fly by and
winter, especially does not seem as long!
sits along a major, though mostly dormant fault line. 2010
had an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 5.0. There
have been several quakes felt sine 2000, with readings of
4.5 or greater.
official flower of Ottawa is the Tulip. Ottawa celebrates
the Tulip Festival every May. Thousands of tulips are
planted throughout the capital each year in remembrance of
the freeing of the Dutch people during WW11, and the
gratitude by the Dutch Royal Family for offering a safe
Byward Market encompasses a 12 block area of wonderful
shops, restaurants and outdoor cafes and a farmer’s
market. It is here you will find a Beaver Tail, an
Ottawa treat, to be sure!
Sparks Street Mall between Elgin and Bank Street was
Canada’s first pedestrian mall.
Glebe is a stately neighbourhood close to downtown
that explodes with pedestrian traffic each May, as on one of
the last Saturdays in the month is held the Great Glebe
Garage Sale! Watch
where you park or you will be towed- and bring your wagon to
haul away treasures!
at noon during summer you can watch the Changing of the
Guard on Parliament Hill
is always something going on at Parliament Hill- Canada Day
ceremonies, the Light and Sound Display, Fortissimo (
in August), Police and Peace Officers' National
Memorial day (last Sunday in September), the Lighting of the
Trees in December
to be missed is attending the annual Remembrance Day
ceremony downtown. The same as we all watched on TV, no
matter where in Canada we lived! You can definitely see it
better on TV, but it is well worth the experience. We are
there every year!
a drive out to the RCMP stables on The Rockcliffe Parkway,
where many times you can see the Musical Ride horses and
tour the stables. Ask for a worn horseshoe as a souvenir!
|The RCMP Musical Ride
are over 170 km. of biking/hiking pathways through the city
mornings during the summer, the Parkways close to traffic so
bikers and joggers alike can take advantage of uninterrupted
Hall, the Governor- General’s residence is open for tours
daily. You can also stroll the gardens until 8pm, take in
the Gov. General's picnic, skate in the winter and take in
the New Year's Day open house
are many Museums and Galleries throughout Ottawa, from
the Museum of Nature to the Canadian War Museum.
Most Museums are free after 7 pm Thursdays
is home to the Royal Canadian Mint and the National Art
Gallery, Winterlude, the Bluesfest and the Jazz festival
Day weekend is the Gatineau Balloon Festival, where hundreds
of unique hot air balloons fly over the north end of
are many cross country an ski-doo trails throughout the
area, skating on the canal usually starts mid January and
lasts through Winterlude in February. Downhill ski runs are
as close as 15 minutes away!
has several farmer's markets, including the Byward Market,
the Parkdale market and the Cumberland market. There are
also many "pick-your-own" places and maple
syrup farms to enjoy the best of the area's produce.
The big city with the small town feel! You will love it
|The Canadian Museum of Nature
The Federal Government is one of Ottawa's biggest employers, and as such
Ottawa is a very transient town due to the many relocations we
service every year. We have helped countless families move
to and away from Ottawa through the years, and we know the
transfer process well. Over a period of 35 years, our
family was transferred many times through Royal LePage
Relocation Services and then through Brookfield, so we are fully
acquainted with being transferred and the stressors a move can
entail. We are also very familiar with the Brookfield
process and HHT's!
Have you been to Ottawa before or know what area you want to live in? What
is your budget? And
what kind of a home are you considering? We
know Ottawa and all of the surrounding areas and towns, so no
matter what you are looking for we can help you find it. Send
us your "wish list" and we'll get started,
and if you end up changing your mind, don't worry, many
people do! And we'll help you through it all! Our
goal is to help you find a suitable place, in a neighbourhood
you will be happy in , and where we will be able to help you
re-sell quickly when you get transferred again.
will set aside the time you are here to be available for your
entire HHT, and we will be with you pretty much every day,
starting on day one! Because our schedules are sometimes
hectic, we would appreciate you keeping in touch and updated on
your sale at home, and giving us a few days notice (if possible)
so that we can adjust our schedules to be with you.
We will make every effort to help you have a firm sale
before you leave the city.
We know which suppliers that are on Brookfield's preferred supplier list, and will
recommend the best to you from that list so you do not
have to pay out of pocket. Make sure we have the contact
information for your lender (and if you have not
contacted one, we have several excellent lenders we can
recommend to you). We
will ensure that once you purchase, the offer and paperwork
goes to your lawyer and lender. We
will also ensure you have a copy of everything so that you can
forward it to your
Make sure you bring:
- a cheque book! Deposits in Ottawa are roughly 1% of the selling price, (
so $3000. for a home selling between $270,000 and $340,000.) and
we usually put in the offer that the deposit will be given once
the offer is accepted by all parties.
file number ( the home inspector and lawyer will need that)
- contact information for your lender
We will be putting in some long days with you, and will help you as
best we can. We work somewhat differently than many
real estate agents but we are sure you will be happy with our
service to you! We
appreciate the confidence you have in us, and we will do our
utmost to ensure you have a successful, and less stressful
trip. Most of our business comes from referrals, and
so we want you to feel confident in referring us to your friends
and colleagues in the future. You
probably know someone right now who is being transferred
to or from
. Why not call us at
613-238-2801 or quickly send us an email and let us
help them too?
Moving Out of
You can give us a call even before you get your transfer/
posting notice. We will come out to assess your home
and give you some suggestions as to things you can do to
help facilitate a speedy sale. Let
us know when you are having an appraisal done, and when your
notice comes through so we can co-ordinate the listing. We'll
also suggest a listing price for your home, let you know
what the market is doing, and tell you how long we anticipate it
will take for your home to sell. Check out our
section on Sellers to find out what documents to have ready for
us when we come over to list your home.
We will always stay within the
commission guidelines, so you are not out of pocket. And
we'll offer you the same full service. We
will be with you from start to finish. We will ensure that
your lawyer and lender get all the necessary documents and
will make sure you have copies of everything as well so
that you can send everything to your
Where are you being transferred
to? Over the years we have dealt with many real estate
agents across the country, so chances are, wherever you are
being transferred to, we know of a good agent there, and can
help start the process of finding a home in your new city.
We appreciate the confidence you have in us,
and we will do our utmost to ensure you have a successful, and
less stressful sale. Almost all of our business comes from
referrals, and so we want you to feel confident in referring us
to your friends and colleagues in the future. You probably
know someone right now who is being transferred to or from
Ottawa. Why not call us at 613-238-2801 and let us
help them too? We
are never too busy for your referrals.