Ottawa Valley

The Ottawa Valley is the valley along the boundary between Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec along the Ottawa River. The valley is the transition between the Saint Lawrence Lowlands and the Canadian Shield. Because of the surrounding shield, the valley is narrow at its western end, then becomes increasingly wide (mainly on the Southern Ontario side of the river) as it progresses eastward. The underlying geophysical structure is the Ottawa-Bonnechere Graben. Approximately 1.3 million people reside in the valley (and along its tributaries), of these the majority, around 80%, reside in Ottawa, the remainder on the north side of the Ottawa River, in Quebec. The total area of the Ottawa Valley is 2.4 million hectares (6 million acres). The National Capital Region area has just over 1.4 million inhabitants in both provinces.

Near the city of Ottawa, the Ottawa Valley merges with the St. Lawrence Valley to the south to create a delta of flat farmland stretching unbroken from the Ottawa River to the Saint Lawrence River as far east as the island of Montreal, where the two rivers meet. This area is sometimes referred to as the "Lower Ottawa Valley", in contrast with the "Upper Ottawa Valley" west of Ottawa, but the name is not common, and most people think of the Ottawa Valley as only the upper portion.

From west to east, the major Ottawa Valley communities are Mattawa, Deep River (with nearby Chalk River, the site of Canada's nuclear reactor program), Petawawa (a major Canadian military base), Pembroke (where Samuel de Champlain landed briefly), Fort Coulonge, Shawville, Renfrew, Quyon, Arnprior, Ottawa (the nation's capital), Rockland, L'Orignal, Hawkesbury, and Rigaud.

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West–Central Canadian English - Regional Variation - Ontario - Ottawa Valley
... The Ottawa Valley has its own distinct accent, known as the Ottawa Valley Twang. ...
Coat Of Arms Of Ottawa - Symbolism
... Crest The white pine is the historical basis of the economic power of the Ottawa Valley, while the small badge on the tree refers to Bytown, the town that later became the city of Ottawa ... main element of the shield, the wavy blue and white lines, represent the Ottawa River running from left to right with the Rideau and Gatineau rivers ... A royal crown alludes to Queen Victoria's choice of Ottawa as Canada's capital, while the maple leaf is the national emblem of Canada ...
Rural Ramble - Ottawa Valley
... A similar tour in scope and intent is the annual September Rural Ramble in the Ottawa Valley Region. ...
Heat Wave Of 2006 Derecho Series - Northeastern Ontario Derecho (July 17, 2006) - The Event - Ottawa Valley, Upper Gatineau & Pontiac Regions (Eastern Ontario & Southwestern Quebec)
... Through the next two hours the storm entered the Upper Ottawa Valley affecting places in Renfrew County such as Barry's Bay, Deep River, Cobden, Petawawa and Pembroke ... and extreme northern portions of the city of Ottawa, primarily closer to the Ottawa River, at around 2100 EDT ... Spectacular lightning was seen from downtown Ottawa and, when the storm was close enough, some pinkish colour was seen in the northern sky ...
Ottawa Valley - Flora and Fauna
... than 400 species of animals live in the Ottawa Valley ... The white trillium, which grows throughout the Ottawa Valley, has been Ontario's provincial floral emblem since 1937 ...

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