Downtown Ottawa: Capital Mortgages

Living in Downtown Ottawa: Where To Go, What To Do, What to See

Capital Mortgages Inc is an independent brokerage in the Mortgage Centre Canada Network and one of Ontario’s leading real estate mortgage brokerages with offices in Ottawa and the valley. Capital Mortgages opened in January 1999 and has since serviced thousands of clients and arranged several billion dollars in mortgages.

Everything you need to know about living downtown

With each passing year, the downtown core continues to attract more residential developers as demand for living in the heart of the nation’s capital continues to grow. The natural population growth in this area combined with rising rents and condos, it’s no surprise that more and more people are starting to make the leap from their suburbs to our “Main Street”. In just a few short years, we have grown from approximately 3,000 people living downtown to over 6,000, all without seeing the housing market crash. Capital Mortgages Inc. can help you buy your first place in the nation’s capital or help you sell your home. Our team works hard to help you find the right home at the right price. We are not your typical real estate broker.

Where to shop, what to eat and how to get around

Firstly, Ottawa is rich with great dining and shopping areas. Two of the best are downtown: City Hall and the Byward Market. Downtown At one time, the Byward Market was the largest street market in North America. In 1845, it was described as “a bit of Heaven on Earth. No city in the world offers so many different goods for sale, nor does it give the purchaser so much choice in taste or price.” This beautiful street-side community is still the city’s “main street.” On summer evenings, people come to stroll, stroll, stroll – from sidewalk vendors to restaurants, galleries and museums. As the Canadian capital, Canada’s second biggest city and the heart of Canada’s agriculture industry, there is no better place to learn about, and taste, Ottawa’s bountiful harvest.

What to do and see in Downtown Ottawa

Let’s start with the biggest sight in Ottawa: Parliament Hill. The Ottawa skyline view from the lawn of Parliament is one of the best views of the city and the only thing that beats it is the one from the top of the Peace Tower. Ottawa has the most covered parts of the Hill (except the Peace Tower!), which means a smaller crowd. Also, the Parliament buildings have free admission for most of the year, meaning you can hop on the Canada Day line and spend your entire day there for free. The tours and bus tour can get a little expensive, but you can get tickets for the guided tour on the Canada Day weekend. It’s hard to beat the biggest view of all in downtown Ottawa. Ride Along Ottawa’s Green Line Yes, it’s the green line.

Considerations for moving into Downtown Ottawa

There are a lot of young families in Ottawa. Families with school-age children, or families that have just moved into the area are a significant part of the population downtown. There are also a lot of students that go to the University of Ottawa, the University of Ottawa at Gatineau, and the University of Ottawa at Hull and they all make the downtown core a great place to live. This doesn’t mean that there are no other options for people in their thirties and up, and in fact in the last few years there has been a wave of condos being built in the downtown area. Most of the condos being built are very large and boast nice finishes, big terraces, fantastic views, and large rooms, with some even offering saunas.

The best things to do in the city of Ottawa

With just over 1.4 million people living in the Ottawa area, there is no shortage of things to do in this central Ontario city. There are plenty of outdoor activities for families and plenty of historical sites for history buffs and amateur archaeologists alike. The capital is home to over 90 museums, an indoor ice rink, the largest circus in North America, more art galleries than any other Canadian city, and the French Language Roman Catholic Cathedral that is second only to Quebec City’s Sainte-Catherine. Of course, there’s also the infamous Rideau Canal Skateway, one of the longest outdoor rinks in the world.

In conclusion, Ottawa, Ontario Canada is a vibrant, multi-cultural city that has plenty to offer.

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Capital Mortgages Inc is an independent brokerage in the Mortgage Centre Canada Network and one of Ontario’s leading real estate mortgage brokerages with offices in Ottawa and the valley.

The Best Things To Do in Ottawa for Newcomers

Are you a newcomer to Ottawa? Welcome! We love this city, and are pretty certain you will love it too. Whether you enjoy adventuring outdoors or prefer to stay within city limits, Ottawa has something fun to offer everyone. If you haven’t visited our fair city before, there are a number of things that should be on your Ottawa to-do list. Here are a few of our favourites:


Parliament Hill

What’s a trip to the nation’s capital without a trip to Parliament Hill? Parliament is one of Ottawa’s top attractions and a must-see for any first time visitor to the city. There is always an interesting event happening on the Hill! In the summer months, make sure to catch Northern Lights, the stunning Sound and Light Show. This incredible show projects colourful visual displays onto the Parliament Buildings to the sound of music and spoken words.


Rideau Canal

Whether you visit in the summer or winter months, the Rideau Canal should definitely be on your list! In the winter, the Canal is turned into the longest ice skating rink in the world! Nothing beats a hot chocolate and a Beavertail on the frozen Canal after a refreshing icy skate. During summer, take a boat cruise along the Canal, which travels directly through Ottawa’s downtown core.



Ottawa has a number of world-class museums, whatever your interests may be! Learn all about Canadian military history at the Canadian War Museum, be amazed by the beautiful works of art at the National Gallery of Canada, and have fun learning something new at the Canada Science and Technology Museum!


Adventures on the Ottawa River

More of the outdoorsy type? Head for a whitewater adventure on the Ottawa River! There are options to raft or kayak, in both the city and further down the river about an hour’s drive from downtown Ottawa. Whether you’re a seasoned thrillseeker or are just looking to dip your toe (pun intended!) into something new, you’ll find the perfect whitewater experience for you.



One of the most scenic ways to enjoy Ottawa’s sights is by bike! Ottawa has a number of bike paths running all over the city, making it a breeze to travel across the city. On Sunday mornings in the summer, the National Capital Commission (NCC) closes a number of roads to keep them free for cyclists, runners and pedestrians.


If you are looking to move to the Ottawa area and need help securing a mortgage, we would love to hear from you! Please do not hesitate to reach out a member of our experienced team today. Alternatively, you can apply directly on our website with our simple online application form.