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Top 7 Reasons to Study in Ottawa in 2017

Ottawa 2017

When it comes to studying in Canada, Ottawa is the place to be. As the nation’s capital, Ottawa is a great student city with plenty to offer. From it's rich history in gastronomy and twentieth century architecture, to the national museums and galleries, Ottawa is unquestionably a modern and attractive city. But it also has so much more to offer than meets the eye, here are the top 7 reasons to study in Ottawa in 2017:

1. 2017 is Canada’s 150th Anniversary

In 2017, Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary as a nation. That means, Ottawa 2017 will host a year-long program full of events, including festivals and activities (Sky Lounge, RedBull Crashed Ice, Juno Awards). Not to mention Canada was just named by Lonely Planet as The Number One Country to Visit in 2017! Attracting many domestic and international visitors to join in on the celebrations. 

2. Location, location, location

Ottawa is nicely situated on the banks of the Rideau and Gatineau Rivers in the southeastern province of Ontario, bordering Quebec and the United States. Which makes it driving distance to some of the best cities in the world, including Montreal, Toronto and NYC.  There is nothing quite like a weekend getaway to the Toronto Islands, tour the spectacular architecture of Notre-Dame Basilica or walk through Central Park.

3. Endless Activities

With endless activities in both summer and winter, like boating on the Ottawa River, skating the Rideau Canal (the longest skating rink in the world) or skiing in the Gatineau’s, you’ll never find yourself bored. Ottawa hosts over 60 festivals each year including the world famous Winterlude celebration, Bluesfest and, of course, the biggest celebration of all, Canada Day!

4. Safety First

The safety of a city is always top of mind when deciding on where to study. Ottawa is commonly regarded as one of the safest and livable cities in Canada. According to a study by Mainstreet and Postmedia it is in fact Canada’s safest city! With a reputation for being a friendly, slower-pace city with a more laid back approach compared to other Canadian cities.

5. Canada Has One of the Best Education System   

Ottawa ranks as the most educated city in the country! In fact, a 2016 study by Bav Consulting and Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, found that Canada ranks number 2 in the best countries for education. The score was based on three attributes: top quality universities, well-developed public education system and would consider attending university there.

6. Growing Culinary Scene

Ottawa’s culinary scene has really come alive over the past few years, with a focus on local ingredients and dedication to craft, up-and-coming Chefs are branching out to make their marks on the city. The ByWard Market has always been a haven for restaurant goers, but with so many new restaurants heating up the city's culinary scene in Ottawa’s eclectic neighborhoods of Westboro, The Glebe and Elgin Street choices are endless.

7. The Culture

Ottawa is an incredibly welcoming and multicultural city, with almost 25% of its residents born outside of Canada. It’s officially a bilingual, French-and English city that has been heavily influenced by European culture and traditions over the years, especially British and French.

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