From the area’s first inhabitants and initial settlement, to its development into farmland, towns and centres of industry, to the city we know today, Ottawa grew out of a variety of urban and rural communities with a rich and diverse heritage. Scroll through the timeline to learn about major events in the history of Ottawa.
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