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National Capital Region

Kingston is a two-hour drive from Canada's capital city of Ottawa and the surrounding National Capital Region. The Parliament of Canada, the country's central government, is located in historical buildings overlooking the Ottawa River in downtown Ottawa. The residences of the Prime Minister and Governor General of Canada are close to Parliament.

As the country's capital, Ottawa is home to a number of embassies, consulates and high commissions representing countries from around the world. Ottawa also has an international airport, with flights throughout Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and some European cities. The city is noted for its national monuments and museums, including the Canada Aviation Museum, Canadian War Museum, Canada Science and Technology Museum, National Gallery of Canada, National Arts Centre and the National Library and Archives of Canada. The Supreme Court of Canada, Canada's highest court, is also based in Ottawa.

The National Capital Region refers to a larger geographical area around Ottawa that straddles the Ontario-Quebec border and includes many smaller cities and towns. The region hosts many special events and festivals, including the largest Canada Day celebrations in the country. About a quarter of the region's labour force is employed in government or public sector jobs.

For More Information

Ottawa and Countryside
A visitor’s guide to exploring the city of Ottawa and eastern Ontario, including information about special events, places of interest and travel tips.

In the Capital
Includes information on celebrations and events, parks, heritage buildings, public art and monuments, visitor information, opportunities for business and teacher resources.

City of Ottawa
Main city website with information for residents, visitors, and newcomers.

Ottawa International Airport
Details on the flights and airlines accessible through this international airport.

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