Ottawa, the capital of Canada, is divided by the Rideau Canal into Upper and Lower Town. The Gothic-inspired Parliament Buildings are in Upper Town, while in Lower Town the boulevard of Sussex Drive curves along the river to the mansions of Rockcliffe. Originally constructed for defense and trading, the 125.5 mile Rideau Canal is today used for recreation. During winter, the Ottawa portion of the canal is transformed into a 4.5 mile long skating rink. During summer, the canal provides a haven for hundreds of boaters.
In Ottawa there is the National Gallery of Canada, founded in 1880, which is home to the world's largest collection of Canadian art (including major works by Inuit artists) as well as excellent European and American collections. The ByWard Market and Elgin Street are well-known for their night clubs, pubs, dance clubs, and live music halls. Ottawa has five theaters staging plays, musicals, operas and classical concerts. The Corel Center, an 18,500 seat sports and entertainment facility, offers NHL hockey, concerts, figure skating, and many family events.