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Ottawa and Calgary: Which City is better for families with children?

Calgary Pros:
  1. Scenic places (nice skiing, camping, hiking etc. spots) - your kids will learn all outdoor sports instead of just fishing and canoeing in Ontario. (Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise, Waterton are less than 2 hours drive from Calgary)
  2. Affordable housing
  3. Less taxes
  4. Oil and Gas industry boosting the economy
Ottawa Pros:
  1. Tons of Ottawa has govt jobs
  2. Proximity to world class city of Toronto
  3. Ottawa is slightly cheaper (rent, restaurants, groceries)
  4. Ottawa is more diverse
  5. Ottawa winter is less harsh than Calgary's
  6. Ottawa has most of the national museums and art gallery, government buildings, many school options (French immersion is a strong attraction)
  7. Read more here: Read Robin Collins' answer to Between Ottawa and Calgary which City is better for families with children? on Quora
  • What are the good and bad neighborhoods of Ottawa?

    1. The Good: Kanata, Orleans, Gatineau, the Glebe, Golden Mile, pockets in Vanier and South Keys, Rockcliffe, New Edinburgh
    2. The Bad: Downtown Vanier. I worked here selling flowers for a bit and mostly got a bunch of really friendly weirdos talking to me, but it gets scary after dark. There’s prostitution rings, drugs, muggings and more.
    3. The Questionable?: Some parts of Blair, a bit east of Orleans (particularly where it turns into Montreal Road).
    4. Read more here: Read Ruth Jones' answer to What are the good and bad neighborhoods of Ottawa, ON? on Quora

    Things to do while you’re in Ottawa, ON?

    1. Whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Ottawa river.
    2. Don’t forget to try the delicious, doughy, BeaverTail pastry – the sweet treat was born in Ottawa in 1978
    3. Canadian National Attractions and Museums - Ottawa cultural attractions, museums and galleries invite visitors to experience the best of Canada all in one place. The stunning National Gallery of Canada, has world-class art on display, and the dramatic Canadian War Museum,are few of the experiences that bring Canadian culture to life. Other places are - Canadian Museum of History, Canadian Museum of Nature, Canadian Space and Aviation Museum, Diefenbunker Museum, Canadian Science and Technology Museum.
    4. National War Memorial - also known as “The Response,” is a cenotaph symbolizing the sacrifice of all Canadian Armed Forces personnel who have served Canada in time of war in the cause of peace and freedom--past, present and future. The memorial is the site of the national Remembrance Day Ceremony on November 11. This tall, granite memorial arch with bronze sculptures was designed by Vernon March. In 2000, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was added in the front of the memorial. The tomb contains the remains of an unknown Canadian soldier from a war cemetery near Vimy Ridge, France. On November 11, 2014, the words "IN SERVICE TO CANADA AU SERVICE DU CANADA" were inscribed at the front and back of the memorial.
    5. Rideau Canal - A visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must. This was built primarily for strategic military purposes at a time when Great Britain and the United States vied for control of the region.It is the best-preserved example of a slack water canal in North America, demonstrating the use of this European technology on a large scale. It is the only canal dating from the great North American canal-building era of the early 19th century to remain operational along its original line with most of its structures intact.
    6. Boating - From May through October, people flock to the calm waters of the Rideau Canal. Rideau Canal Cruises runs an eco-friendly electric boat cruise that takes you from downtown Ottawa to picturesque Dows Lake.
    7. Skating - Skating on the Rideau Canal Skateway, which is the world’s largest skating rink as designated by the Guinness Book Of World Records, is a bucket list item for many people around the world. In winter, early January to early March each year, depending on the weather, you can skate on the maintained ice for 7.8 kilometres (4.8 miles) from downtown Ottawa to Carleton University via Dows Lake.
    8. Read More below...
      Read Preethy Wilson's answer to What’s the one thing you have to do while you’re in Ottawa, ON? on Quora

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