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Relocating to Ottawa? Melva’s list of relocation clients is growing. Melva has earned the Royal LePage ReloPro designation and is on the participating supplier list with Royal LePage Relocation Services. In addition, Melva has worked extensively in relocating individuals in the hi-tech industry. She has helped to find homes for clients relocating from the US, UK and across Canada. Melva also lists homes for those relocating out of Ottawa and understands the stresses involved!

Welcome To Ottawa!
Whether you are relocating, looking for a new neighbourhood or simply wanting to reacquaint yourself with Ottawa, you’ll be glad you dropped by!

Ottawa is a complex city. For some, it is the “Silicon Valley of the North”, with its dynamic business and technological sector. For some, it is a historic capital, with its many historical sites and museums. And still for others, it’s a nature lover’s playground, with vast greenspaces boasting cycling and hiking trails, ski hills, and waterways for boaters and sand castle makers alike.

Ottawa is a culturally diverse city that has activities for people of all ages and interests. In the summer, take the family for a picnic in Gatineau Park or relax in a lawn chair at the Bluesfest with a few thousand of your closest friends. In the winter, try your skates out on the world’s longest skating rink, the Rideau Canal, or stay indoors and visit Ottawa’s plentiful museums and galleries.

Urban or Rural?: As a G8 Capital city, Ottawa has the best in fine dining and entertainment and is considered first rate as an international business centre and convention destination. Top end hotels mingle with quaint bed & breakfasts and every type of accommodations in between. All within walking distance to city nightlife.

Just 15 minutes in any direction beyond the bustling downtown district, there’s another side of Ottawa. It’s farms and open fields, woodlands and swamps, quaint towns and villages all within commuter distance to Ottawa. In fact, over 90% of the Ottawa region’s area is rural. It’s an option for those that don’t find the excitement of the city as comforting as crickets in the country.

Urban or rural, the housing choices are numerous, from small apartments to luxury homes on the river. And, wherever you are, you’ll generally find amenities close at hand.

Technology: Ottawa is known as “Silicon Valley of the North” , renowned internationally as a technology innovator. After a downturn a few years ago, Ottawa is again a growing concern. The highly educated workforce plays a key role in the community’s emergence as a global technology centre. Ottawa has the highest number of residents with a post-secondary education in Canada, a bilingual rate of 44 per cent, and more engineers, scientists and PhDs per capita than any other city in the country. And, the city continues to attract the best and brightest from all parts of the globe.

Education: From preschool to university, Ottawans have a plethora of educational choices. Public and private schools abound for students from kindergarten to grade 12, as well as schools catering to English, French, French immersion and English as a second language. There are also schools that support different religions, cultures, and languages.
For older students, Ottawa has six colleges and universities, with both part, full-time and continuing education options. Further, technology institutes and professional schools help maintain our highly educated population. As has been stated above, Ottawa is a highly educated capital and will continue to be with the options available for life long learning.

Job opportunities: Ottawa’s unemployment is relatively low–a full percentage point below the national average, at 7.1%. Overall, Ottawa has the second-highest salary per person in Canada and the best educated workforce. Known for its high tech industry, Ottawa employs about 67,000 people in that industry—that’s out of the total job count in Ottawa of about 450,000. In fact, in 2004, Statistics Canada reported that over 13,600 new jobs were added by local technology companies alone.

Recreation: For the recreation enthusiast, Ottawa is one giant playground! The Rideau Canal, for example, snakes through the city, creating recreational opportunities for boating lovers, while alongside it, a paved pathway gives runners, in-line skaters and cyclists a place to stretch their legs. During the winter, eight kilometers of the canal are cleared to create the world’s largest skating rink.

Within minutes of downtown Ottawa, Gatineau Park offers over 165 kilometres of trails. In the summer, hikers and cyclists enjoy the environment, while cross-country ski adventurers take over in the winter. Downhill skiers enjoy the nearby slopes of several local resorts.

Arts and Culture: Parliament Hill is usually the first stop on any tour, but close by are so many other activities, you almost have to be a resident to enjoy all the city has to offer. For museum lovers, there are 30 museums and 50 galleries and theatres. Some of the most popular are: the Museum of Civilization, a short jaunt across the river to Hull; The Canadian Museum of Nature, a hit with the kids who love the dinosaur exhibit; and the National Gallery of Canada.

The Rideau Canal, loved by recreationists, is also a passion among history buffs who are tantalized by its intriguing history. The oldest operating 19th-century canal in North America, most of the locks are still opened by the simple hand-crank. Over 200 kilometers in length, the Canal was originally built as part of a secure supply route between Montreal and Kingston. Later, Head Engineer, Lieutenant Colonel John By, established a community called Bytown, which subsequently changed to Ottawa.

Ottawa also offers outlets for every music lover from Opera Lyra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra to Bluesfest and the Jazz festival. Ottawa is also home to several innovative performing arts organizations who bring live theatre and dance to the stage.

Just a glimpse of what Ottawa has to offer, enjoy a more in-depth look at these websites:

The City of Ottawa
Welcome to
Ottawa Kiosk
National Capital Commission


In June 2013 we were pleased to have purchased a condo in downtown Ottawa through Melva Peever. From accommodating our initial viewing on very short notice, to shepherding the process through the inevitable bumps and roadblocks, Melva was extremely professional and efficient and a true...


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Melva Peever, Broker
Royal LePage Team Realty

105-383 Parkdale Ave
Ottawa, Ontario
(613) 723-5300 Office/Pager
(613) 294-7119 - Cell