Ottawa is the capital of Canada and the second largest city within the province of Ontario. The city lies on the southern banks of the Ottawa River, a major waterway forming the local boundary between the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Ottawa has the second highest quality of living of any city in the Americas, and 14th highest in the world according to the "Mercer Human Resource Consulting Quality of Living Survey." It is also considered the third cleanest city in the world by Mercers 2010 eco-city ranking.
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Ottawa has a vast range of temperatures between summer and winter, and is subject to unpredictable weather conditions. Winters are generally snowy and icy and summers are relatively short.
Rideau Canal, National Gallery of Canada, Gatineau Park, Canada Museum of Civilization, ByWard Market