Founded in 1826 as Bytown, and incorporated as Ottawa in 1855, the city has evolved into the political centre of Canada. Its original boundaries were expanded through numerous annexations and were ultimately replaced by a new city incorporation and amalgamation in 2001 which significantly increased its land area. The city name "Ottawa" was chosen in reference to the Ottawa River, the name of which is derived from the AlgonquinOdawa, meaning "to trade".
Completed in 1913, the Connaught Building, was constructed in a Gothic Revival style. In the following decades, buildings built for the government would abandon the style, in favour of formal and functional styles.
Camp used by soldiers and labourers of the Rideau Canal, on the south side of the Ottawa River in 1826. The building of the canal attracted many land speculators to the area.
Lieutenant-Colonel John By (7 August 1779 – 1 February 1836) was an English military engineer, best remembered for supervising the construction of the Rideau Canal and, in the process, founding what would become the city of Ottawa. The resulting settlement, called Bytown in his honour, would later become famous under the new name of Ottawa.
...that in August 1959, a U.S. Air Force Lockheed F-104 Starfighter performed a low fly-by of the Ottawa Airport during celebration of the opening of a new terminal accidentally went supersonic, causing windows and parts of the walls of the new terminal to shatter, delaying the opening of the terminal for 4 more months?