Ottawa is situated at the bank of Ottawa River, next to the Gatineau, Quebec at the other side of the river. The metropolitan area of Ottawa is inhabited by nearly 1.5 million people and is the 5th largest city in Canada, and after Toronto, it is the second largest in Ontario.
Parking in Ottawa is usually quite convenient, although on-street parking in the city areas is often at a premium. If you’re driving to city centre on the weekend, it is recommended to use the free parking spot at World Exchange Plaza. The entrance to the parking area is located on Queen Street and Metcalfe Street. Newcomers should find a map useful as there are many one-way streets at the downtown core.
When driving in Ottawa always carry your national driver’s license, certificate of motor insurance, vehicle registration, and passport/ID. US auto insurance is valid for US tourists. When renting a car, make sure to ask for rental agreement. Any foreign driving license is usable and International Driving permit is usually not required.
Car rentals are found in Centretown Downtown, Industrial Avenue, and Bank Street (at Ridgemont and Gloucester). Economy cars in Ottawa, such as Chevrolet Aero and Chevrolet Cobalt are available at about CAD 90, a standard sedan, such as Ford Taurus is CAD 100 and a minivan, such as, Chrysler Voyager is CAD 130 per day.