Ottawa Local Customs

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  • 1. French and English

    Canada is English speaking, apart from Quebec which has remained French speaking, with people of French origin. Ottawa and Gatineau are divided by Ottawa river, Ottawa being in Ontario on the English...

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  • 2. Cultural Diversity

    On my walks in Ottawa I came across so many churches, they were almost on every corner. It came as a pleasent surprise seeing how strong the Christian church is in Canada, seeing that Canada is a...

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  • 3. Drinking/Buying alcohol

    It happens for three days, once a year. The Ottawa Wine and Food Show is an excellent place to try different wines, food and other spirits prepared and presented by local businesses among others....

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  • 4. Capital of Canada

    The Canadian political system consists of the House of Commons (where the politicians sit) and the House of Senate (where the Bills are passed into law). To have a full understanding of this, you...

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  • 5. General city Information

    POLiiITiCS : Yes PArty Politics means Cabinet Ministers come and go, we in the Nations Capital see and hear more about politicians and their 'shanannigans', and also how one person suddenly becomes...

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  • 6. No Smoking

    The City of Ottawa Bylaw forbids smoking inside any building. There are some buildings that have limits as to where you can smoke outside as well. No bars, restaurants, nightclubs etc. allow smoking...

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  • 7. Tipping

    Tips are not included in any of your restaurant/bar bills so the standard tip is about 10% - 15%. An easy way to calculate the type is to add the cost of the GST and PST on your bill (this usually...

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  • 8. Food Entrepreneurs in Ottawa

    Artisan Breads is what one watches out for in Ottawa, the latest to appear on Wellington Street West, Hintonburg is Bread By Us started by Jessica Carpinone,...

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  • 9. Remembrance Day 11-11-11

    Most visitors to Ottawa get a glimpse of Parliament Hill and The Chateua Laurier, others even walk Elgin St for the Pubs and Restaurants,in Winter, the Ice...

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  • 10. Canadian money.

    The Canadian money is called the Canadian Dollar or CAD. The Canadian banknotes are issued in $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 denominations - with a new addition on...

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  • 11. The Canadian flags.

    The national Canadian flag is a white and red flag with a red maple leaf in the middle. This is the flag that was chosen to be the national flag of Canada on...

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  • 12. MAPLE SYRUP.

    Now, Canada is famous for its maple syrup and you can see maple syrup stalls all over with so many types of products made out of maple syrup. It is almost...

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  • 13. A Sweet snack...a BEAVER TAIL...

    OK...Ive resisted writing about this because Ive seen it here more than once..but yesterday when touring VT member Jagdish and his wife Deepa around town....she...

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  • 14. Ottawa Dragonboat Race

    Every year, in June there is a big Dragon-boat race taking place on the Rideau River. An ancient Chinese tradition makes this a fun and exciting event. If you...

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  • 15. More on diplomats

    This is a tip for Bulgarian nationals traveling to Bulgaria! As a routine check with the Bulgarian embassy staff on the latest in visa matters I suddenly...

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  • 16. Where Does All The Snow Go?

    During the course of an average Ottawa winter the city can expect a total of about 235 centimetres of snow to fall during the period November to March. Some...

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  • 17. Maple syrup and Icewine candies

    You will most likely find maple syrup as topping for ice cream and waffles and in every (gift) shop, in various forms: candy, lollipops, in chocolate, in...

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  • 18. Recycling Those Empty Beer Bottles!

    The chain of Beer Stores throughout Ontario was formed in 1927 follwing the repeal of Canada's attempt at prohibition and is a private company co-owned by the...

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  • 19. In Search Of Wings!

    Every bar worth its salt here in Ottawa, or indeed even in the whole of what I've seen of Canada (and, to think of it, most of North America), has its own...

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  • 20. Ignorance reigns supreme

    Bank of Canada has expressed my long-standing impression of the Canadian general public’s knowledge of geography. What is even more telling is the fact that...

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  • 21. Recovery Meetings....

    Throughout different parts of Mexico I have often seen signs on buildings offering AA Meetings Im assuuming in whatever particular building the signs are...

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  • 22. Beaver Tail: Queue de castor

    In QuÉbec and Ontario the French Canadian made this pastry very popular. The Beaver Tail known as the Queue de Castor is make of dought in the shape of a beaver...

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  • 23. Bazaar at Byward Market

    One of the best places to mingle with the locals is at the bazaar at Byward Market. There are many roadside stalls here selling all sorts of stuff, especially...

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  • 24. Keep your Eyes on the Skies

    Mostly during the summertime, Ottawa's skies are peppered with hot air balloons. They take off from various places around the city (mostly Carleton University...

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  • 25. Ottawa Buskers / International Festival

    Ottawa has plenty of buskers around the city and I personally enjoy them.They also have an famous International Festival.The Sparks Street Mall International...

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