Ottawa is in eastern Ontario, on the Quebec border. You can see in the interactive Google Map that Ottawa sits on the south side of a large river – the Ottawa River. Ottawa is also cut in half by the Rideau River. Ottawa covers a large area: 2,779 square km, while the National Capital Region’s is 4,715 square km. On the north side of the Ottawa River is the mainly French-speaking city of Gatineau, Quebec. Ottawa is about four-and-a-half hours by car from Toronto and two hours from Montreal. Ottawa is a one hour drive from the USA border, where you can cross the St. Lawrence river into New York State. You can drive to Lake Placid (US Winter Olympics Venue) in about three hours from Ottawa.
PODCAST EPISODE #240 MY HOMETOWN IS COOLER THAN YOURS
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