Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Fun Facts about the Capital of Canada

by Jessica E. Subject

Hello everyone! Later this month I’ll be traveling to the capital of Canada (Ottawa) for the first Romancing the Capital conference hosted by Eve Langlais. I am also celebrating the release of my second 1Night Stand story set in Ottawa. Therefore, I thought I’d share some fun and interesting facts about the capital....

1. Ottawa is Canada’s capitol and fourth largest city in the country, nestled between the two largest populations (Toronto and Montreal), and was originally called Bytown named for Colonel John By, the engineer who oversaw construction of the Rideau Canal.  In 1855 Bytown was incorporated and became Ottawa.

2. The name Ottawa comes from the Algonquin word adawe – which means to trade.

3. Ottawa is the seventh coldest capital in the world. Others that are colder include Ulaan-Baatar in Mongolia, Astana in Kazakhastan, Moscow, Russia, Helsinki in Finland, Reykjavik, Iceland and Tallin in Estonia.

4. There are 35 major festivals in Ottawa. The Canadian Tulip Festival, held every May, is one of the most famous.

5. Ottawa boasts a UNESCO World heritage site – the Rideau Canal. It is the best preserved example of a slackwater canal built in North America. It remains operational along its original line with most of the structures from the early nineteenth century still intact. The Rideau Canal becomes a 7.8 kilometer (4.7 miles) skating rink through downtown Ottawa during the winter months.

6. Ottawa is home to 14 National Museums – Canadian Museum of Civilization, Canadian Children’s Museum, Canadian Postal Museum, The National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Laurier House, Royal Canadian Mint, Library and Archives Canada, Currency Museum of the Bank of Canada, Canadian Museum of Nature, Canadian War Museum, Canadian Science and Technology Museum, and the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum.

7. The Château Laurier Hotel is said to be haunted by the ghost of Charles Melville Hays, the president of the company that built the hotel. Hays died on the Titanic twelve days before the hotel's opening.

8. Ottawa is home to the National Hockey League (NHL) team, The Senators. GO, SENS, GO!

9. The Giant Tiger located in the Byward Market is the ORIGINAL Giant Tiger. In Canada, the GT Boutique is a well know discount store.

10. Parliament Hill is not only one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ottawa with all the government buildings, it is also used to host a sanctuary for stray cats.

Her Alien Hero
A 1Night Stand story
Erotic Sci-Fi Romance
Librarian by day, erotic romance author by night, Melinda Rose sets out for another exciting conference, this one in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa. But all her plans go up in smoke when the 1Night Stand she applies for is set to happen at the same time.
Cooper Tate heads to Ottawa to meet a friend. When he learns of her deception, he is ready to head back home and vows never to trust her again. That is, until he sees a picture of his stunning date.
With the help of Madame Eve, can these two former neighbors become lovers? Or will extraterrestrial secrets rip away the hero Melinda has always dreamed of?
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P.S. Celestial Seduction, my other 1Night Stand story set in Ottawa is only 99¢ for the month of April at Amazon:

About Jessica E. Subject:
Jessica E. Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotic. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous. 
When Jessica isn't reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk with her giant, hairy dog her family adopted from the local animal shelter.
Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at and on twitter @jsubject.

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