didn't know about
are some of the things or activities that people
in Ottawa do for fun?
In summer, we love our music festivals (jazz,
blues, folk, country, chamber music, etc., etc.) and riding our
bikes along an excellent network of interconnected pathways, many
of which meander along the Ottawa River, Rideau River or Rideau
Canal. In winter, Ottawans skate to school and to work along the
Rideau Canal Skateway, a 4.8-mile (7.8km) long frozen highway
of ice. Most Ottawans have their own skates but there are rental
huts at either end of the route and warm-up huts and places to buy
hot chocolate and BeaverTails along the way. Whats a BeaverTail?
Not what you think! Its a hot wholewheat pastry treat, born
in Ottawa, that is usually topped with cinnamon and sugar.
||What's one thing the public probably
does NOT know about Ottawa?
The Cold War started in Ottawa! In September
1945, a Soviet cipher clerk named Igor Gouzenko who worked at the
embassy in Ottawa defected with proof that the Soviets were spying
on their supposed allies in the West! You can learn more about the
repercussions of the revelation at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.
||Share some aspect of Ottawa as
regards to what it has contributed to the world.
- Home to whats been called the most
beautiful room in Canada the Library of Parliament.
- The site of the worlds largest one-day
beach volleyball tournament (HOPE Volleyball Summerfest) as well
as the worlds largest naturally frozen ice rink (the Rideau
Canal Skateway) though not at the same time of year!
- The North American headquarters for Le Cordon
Bleu, the famous French culinary institute.
- The only world capital with a working farm at
its heart (the Canada Agriculture Museum).
- The best place to live in Canada (as judged by
MoneySense magazine) for five of the last seven years.
- The home of SamBat (since 1997, this company
has produced baseball bats made out of maple that are used by
many stars of Major League Baseball).
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could read and compose music, plus play the violin and piano, when he was
five years old. Born into a musical family in Salzburg, Austria (then the
Holy Roman Empire), he had a unique ability for imitating music, which first
became evident when he recited a musical piece by simply observing his father
conducting a lesson to his older sister. This led to a childhood on the
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