The City of Ottawa Open Data initiative has released a Minecraft map of the city
However you have to know a few things that aren't really explained:
- This is a really big map which means it is slow to load and will tax your computer system. It may crash on some older systems, particularly if you try to move around very quickly.
- The starting point (world spawn point) is, for some reason, currently set to near the Rideau river, Old Ottawa South (Glengarry & Onslow).
- You can teleport to other locations but you have to know the coordinates.
Fortunately some locations are listed under the Showcase link
Spawn point tp -5.5 129 -2.5
is near the Rideau river, Old Ottawa South (Glengarry & Onslow)
Parliament: tp -2266 139 -2061
Exp. Farm traffic circle tp -2851 163 1744
What does this mean?
As this is a Creative map with Cheats turned on, you can teleport, using the /tp command.
To get to Parliament Hill, just type
/tp -2266 139 -2061
Otherwise, since you spawn in a forest without any familiar landmarks, and Ottawa is very big, you may wander around for a long time before finding anything.
Parliament (Centre Block) looks like this
(Despite a CBC article which may make you think you are looking for a blue-and-white castle.)
I don't know the details of how the map was generated, but I'm guessing mostly through an export from Ottawa's Geographic Information System (GIS). This would give the shapes of the major buildings (if you live in an apartment tower you will probably see it, if you live in a single-family detached house you will just see your lot full of grass). The generator has some eccentric parameters set, so you will find water and lava in various places, including flowing down buildings.
It is cool to wander around Ottawa with animals grazing on Parliament Hill and more than the usual number of zombies wandering around Centretown.
The city really should set the world spawn to Parliament Hill though. But since it's open data you can modify it and share the modifications as you wish.