Ottawa, the capital of the Dominion of Canada, is situated on the south bank of the river of the same name, and is about 120 miles distant from Montreal. Here are the magnificent Government buildings, Gothic in style, situated on a high bluff overlooking the river. The city is the political capital of the Dominion, and in addition to the Members of Parliament and Senators, there are, of course, a large number of Civil Servants resident there, which gives the place quite a distinct atmosphere as compared with Toronto and other towns in the province. Ottawa is a well-kept city, has fine parks, and large sums of money are spent annually in improvements by a Commission which will in time make the city one of the most attractive in Canada.
Many important industries have been established in Ottawa and the neighbourhood, in addition to the great lumber mills for which the town has always been noted, and many developments are bound to take place, as Ottawa is favourably situated on the main line of several great railways. Outside the city is to be found the Central Experimental Farm belonging to the Dominion government, which is not only a place of great interest in itself, by reason of the valuable work carried on, but is the headquarters of the staff which directs the similar work that is carried on at other experimental farms throughout the Dominion.