Moving to Ottawa from UK

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Moving to Ottawa from UK

Ottawa is the capital of Canada in southern Ontario on the banks of the Ottawa River. The name of the city is derived, appropriately, from the Algonquin word odawa meaning ‘to trade’. For over 150 years now it’s been the political centre of Canada. It’s also known for consistently low unemployment, and some of the county’s highest levels of education.

Ottawa is far more than an administrative centre, though. It’s relatively high standard of living means that it’s developed a great range of cultural institutions throughout the city. And it’s located just minutes from the magnificent Gatineau Park.

5 City Highlights if You’re Moving to Ottawa from the UK

We’ve been moving families to Ottawa for over a century now, and there are certain highlights to living there that we hear again and again from movers who have settled happily in the city:

1. The Rideau Canal.

The word rideau means curtain, and it was used to describe the magnificent falls at the confluence with the Ottawa River. The Rideau Canal was created to make the river navigable through the city. It’s now a favourite with Ottawa citizens because it provides them with a picturesque skating rink each winter, which is the focus of the city’s Winterlude Festival.

2. Gatineau Park.

This immense, magnificent natural landscape is just 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa. It’s 361 square kilometres of conservation land around the confluence of the Ottawa and the Gatineau Rivers, and is home to over 50 lakes. Most spectacular of these is the Pink Lake, Canada’s only meromictic lake, which means that the upper and lower layers of water don’t mix.

3. ByWard Market.

This is a home-grown attraction that is now attracting 50,000 visitors each weekend over the summer months. It was created back in 1826 and covers four blocks square. This unique event combines eclectic independent stores, entertainment, cafes and open-air stalls selling fresh produce and groceries.

4. Canadian Tulip Festival.

In 1945 the Dutch royal family sent Ottawa a gift of 100,000 tulip bulbs to thank them for offering safe haven to Queen Juliana during WW2. So began the city’s love affairs with the blooms which is now celebrated each year in the Spring. Ottawa claims to hold the world’s largest Tulip Festival, with over a million bulbs planted, attracting 650,000 tourists.

5. Shawarma Snacks.

In 1975 there was an influx of Lebanese migrants into the city, as a result of the Lebanese Civil War. One of the many benefits they brought with them was Shawarma snacks: marinated chicken or beef in a pitta sandwich with a range of tasty ingredients. It’s thought that Ottawa has the highest concentration of Shawarma outlets outside the Arab World.

Schepens Removals to Ottawa

The Schepens removals teams feel thoroughly at home in Ottawa, probably because we’ve been moving families there for over 100 years now. We ship regularly to the city, which means that we’re able to offer flexible shipping to our movers, as well as the choice of dedicated or part load containers.

Tailored International Removals to Canada

In all the years that we’ve been managing removals to Canada, we’ve never yet encountered a ‘standard move’. Every single one is unique in its own way, which is why we offer a bespoke service to all our movers. We allocate a dedicated Move Co-Ordinator to every single client. They will talk through your specific requirements, and create a tailored removals plan in response.


Our removals planning draws down from a comprehensive range of removals services which include:

  • Packing. Our BAR trained packing specialists can pack up your home, label your boxes, and create your detailed inventory for shipping.
  • Insurance. All your goods are insured during shipping. For extra peace of mind your Move Co-Ordinator can arrange additional Accidental Damage, or Extended Liability cover.
  • Non-Standard Goods. If you’re wanting to ship antiques, works of art, or even a piano to Ottawa, we can help. We provide bespoke packaging, handling and shipping.
  • Self Storage. Should you need to store furniture or goods in the UK, we have local storage facilities. Schepens provides a door-to-door service and a secure, climate controlled environment.
  • Removals Vehicles. Your goods will be shipped in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which maintain a constant temperature and humidity, run on air ride suspension and boast an adjustable bearing system, which ensures little or no movement of vehicle content.

Speak to us today on 01794 323558 for a no obligation removals quote on your move to Canada.


An Excellent Level of Service from Schepens

We pride ourselves on the standard of service we offer as part of our international removals to Canada. Our removals teams are all professionally trained. They understand the importance of proactive problem solving, and are always looking for opportunities to ‘go the extra mile’ to help clients.


Schepens specialise in moving to the largest towns and cities in Canada, including: Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Ottawa, Edmonton, Mississauga, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Brampton, Hamilton, Quebec City, Surrey, Laval, Halifax, London, Markham, Vaughan, Gatineau, Longueuil and Barnaby.


If you’re planning a move to Ottawa from the UK, call Schepens first on 01794 323558. We’ve been offering international removals to Canada for over a century, and have a great track record.