Incorporated in 1855 as the City of Ottawa, beautiful Bytown was originally established in 1826 but has grown to become the political center of Canada. The name Ottawa was chosen because of the city's geographical relation to the Ottawa River, whose name comes from the Algonquin word Odawa which translates to the word 'trade'. With right around a million people, Ottawa is the Fourth largest city in Canada. If you have lived here for any amount of time, you know how beautiful the city is. From a modern inner-city to a gorgeous country side.