Ottawa, Ontario

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The Ottawa Bahá’í Centre.

Ottawa is the capital of the country of Canada, and the home of a Bahá’í community of around 1,000 people. The population of its metropolitan area is the fourth highest in Canada at 1,130,761 people.

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Ottawa is one of the major cities in the province of Ontario, situated on the Ottawa River, which acts as an interprovincial border between it and city of Gatineau, Quebec. The current City of Ottawa is the result of the amalgamation in 2001 of several smaller cities to form one large "mega-city" of around 1 million people, with a consequent amalgamation of many smaller Bahá’í communities into a much larger Bahá’í community. Ottawa is also home to a number of notable Bahá’í institutions; to take advantage of its status as national capital, the Canadian National Spiritual Assembly operates its Office of Governmental Relations in the city. The Association for Bahá’í Studies in North America is also headquartered in Ottawa, on the campus of the University of Ottawa.

As of 2011, there were approximately 1100 members in the Ottawa Baha'i community, along with a number of other Baha'is in nearby communities such as Gatineau, Chelsea, Arnprior, and Russell.

History[edit]

Ottawa's Spiritual Assembly was the 14th in Canada to be established, in April 1948. One of the first Bahá’ís in Ottawa was Winifred Harvey, who arrived in 1940 from Winnipeg, Manitoba.[1]. Bahá’ís had visited before, such as Queen Marie of Rumania in her visit to Canada in October 1926, as well as Laura Dreyfus-Barney in 1932[2].

Contact[edit]

211 MacArthur Avenue
Ottawa ON K1L 6P6
Phone: (613) 742-8250 Email: info[at]bahai-ottawa.org

Ottawa Bahá’í Centre
211 MacArthur Avenue
Ottawa ON K1L 6P6
Phone: (613) 742-8250

References[edit]

  1. Van den Hoonaard, Will. The Origins of the Bahá’í Community of Canada, 1898-1948. pp. p.224. 
  2. Van den Hoonaard, Will. The Origins of the Bahá’í Community of Canada, 1898-1948. pp. p.185. 

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