A cosmopolitan city with small town charm, Ottawa offers everything that a modern city requires while still retaining a safe and welcoming atmosphere.


Ottawa is a safe, bilingual city filled with parks, museums, galleries, sports teams, shopping, restaurants, the Rideau Canal, nearby sky hills and hiking, world-class hospitals, and embassies. Best of all, Ottawa offers the opportunity to prepare for and attend post-secondary institutions in the area.

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Reasons to come

There are many reasons to choose Ottawa beyond the excellent schooling, and below are a few highlights:

The arts

Experience the best in art, music, theatre and dance at the National Arts Centre and National Art Gallery.


Learn about Canada and the world at one of our 17 incredible museums. Or catch a game with our professional sports teams – hockey, football, soccer and basketball.

Top post-secondary schools

Carleton University, University of Ottawa, St. Paul University, Algonquin College, Dominican University College, Collège La Cité.


Vacation in Montreal, a short 2-hour drive/train, or Toronto, a 5-hour drive/train or 1-hour flight.

City life

A vibrant downtown with a large market, shopping centre and the Rideau Canal – the largest naturally frozen skating rink in the world!


Get outdoors with great ski hills, beaches and the best hiking and bike trails at Gatineau Park.

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Travelling to Ottawa

Canada remains a welcoming destination for International Students. However, as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic, there are some necessary protocols that International Students and other travellers must follow to reduce the risk of infection and transmission of the virus.

When you arrive in Canada, you must self-quarantine for 14 days. During this time you cannot leave your Homestay location. Please understand that our priority is the health and safety of all students, host families, school and communities. Canadian educational institutions must follow the regulations and recommendations of the Government of Canada, provincial and local public health authorities.


Are you ready for a world-class education?

Contact us today to learn more about enrolling you or your child at the OCSB.