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Ottawa - A Culinary Arts Scene
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Canada's Capital City - Voted the best place to live in Canada

Ottawa is Canada's capital, and the country's fourth largest city. It is located in Eastern Ontario at the junction of three majestic waterways. A bilingual city with a multicultural population including embassy representatives from around the globe, Ottawa offers all the cultural attractions and diversions expected in a world capital, but in a more intimate and comfortable setting.


A Culinary Destination

Ottawa offers restaurants and culinary experiences to suit every palate, with a thriving local culinary scene and local chefs making names for themselves at home and abroad. By exploring the diversity of Ottawa’s neighborhoods and hunting for local and exotic ingredients you can easily understand why Ottawa is recognized as a culinary tourism destination.

Initiatives such as Savour Ottawa have successfully linked farmers, food producers, chefs and people, and have helped in developing a true Ottawa food style, something that makes this city so unique for anyone wishing to study the culinary arts.

Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa has partnered with Ottawa Tourism. For information on Ottawa, please visit the Ottawa Tourism website.


A Great Location

Situated on the Ottawa River, a common border shared by the Provinces of Ontario and Québec, Ottawa uniquely represents the nation, reflecting our two founding english and french cultures in day-to-day life.

Ottawa is home to famous national landmarks such as Parliament Hill, the seat of Canada's federal government, the Library and Archives of Canada and the Supreme Court.


An Abudance of Arts and Culture with Multicultural Flair

Ottawa is a large, multicultural city with the warmth and welcome of a small town. As a cosmopolitan community, Ottawa is a mosaic of cultures with over 70 nationalities found throughout the city.


Many Outdoor Activities

Ottawa is ideal for those who enjoy discovering the outdoors, such as cycling, boating in the summer, and skiing and skating in winter. It is home to the picturesque Rideau Canal, Ontario's first UNESCO World Heritage Site. In winter, it becomes the world's largest naturally frozen skating rink.


0ver 60 Festivals and Events per Year

Ottawa is a city of celebrations, offering a year-round calendar of festivals and special events including:

  • Winterlude - North America’s greatest winter festival
  • Canadian Tulip Festival - Millions of tulips bloom in beds across the Capital
  • RBC Royal Bank Ottawa Bluesfest
  • Ottawa International Jazz Festival
  • Rideau Canal Festival - Honouring the Rideau Canal, the Capital’s UNESCO World Heritage Site


Famous Faces Around Ottawa

Many celebrities and politicians, including President Obama and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, make trips to Ottawa each year.



Four Different Seasons throughout the Year

Ottawa has four seasons.

Spring offers mild temperatures, and a mix of sun and rain that helps to fill the City with lush flowers and foliage.

Summers are sunny, warm and, often, very humid.

Fall brings the changing colours of the leaves and slightly cooler temperatures

Winter brings with it cold temperatures and considerable snow, perfect conditions for Ottawa’s many outdoor winter activities.


Getting Around Ottawa

Public Transportation

Ottawa offers excellent public transportation within the city.


Students with cars can park on campus.