Ottawa is the capital of Canada is among the most magnificent cities in the world. Located on the south banks of Ottawa River in the eastern portion of southern Ontario is truly a dynamic city in all respects. It is a bilingual, multicultural, dynamic, gregarious attractive capital that allures its visitors with its abundance of natural beauty and modern attractions. It is a destination that provides you a chance to explore its rich cultural heritage impressive national sites, world-famous landmarks, iconic attractions, world-class museums, architecturally inspiring homes, all the four seasons, more than 35 vibrant festivals, distinct local neighbourhoods, exploding food scene, unique boutiques and shopping districts along with lively art and music scene. All this truly make it a gorgeous holiday destination that you just can’t ignore. So book flights to Ottawa and enjoy fun-packed holiday trips that allure your senses.
There are so many top-rated attractions in the city that you love to visit again and again. Some of its must-see attractions include:-
The Parliament Hill:- Start your sightseeing trip to Ottawa with the most iconic site, Parliament Hill sits on a scenic hill overlooking the Ottawa River is a splendid Victorian sandstone imposing sight on a 50-meter high hill. You can take free guided tours of its two sites the House of Commons and the Senate along with the Changing of the Guard are among its major attractions.
Rideau Canal:-Visit this year-round attraction in the city where each season offers different ways to experience its beauty. This 200-kilomters long canal connects Ottawa with Kingston on Lake Ontario is the only UNESCO World Heritage site in the city. During summers people stroll along its banks and cycle or take the relaxing cruise on its waters and in winters it becomes the world’s largest skating rink.
Canadian War Museum:-To capture the glorious history of Canada do visit Canadian War Museum located besides the Ottawa River depicting the military past of the country. Here you will see the military past from the fighting between French and Iroquois people and the contribution of the country in First and Second World War through interactive exhibits and collection of military vehicles.
ByWard Market:-Don’t miss a visit to ByWard Market which is one of the oldest and largest farmer’s markets in Canada. It has four square blocks packed with the variety of stalls where you can buy fresh food, maple syrup, crafts along with unique eateries, clubs, bistros, , souvenirs and gift shops, coffee shops and boutiques.
Capture the glimpses of Ottawa River:-Don’t forget to visit the majestic Ottawa River which is one of the city’s most photographed sites where you can capture the stunning glimpses of sunset throughout the year. You can walk, bike, stroll across the bridges link Ottawa, Ontario to Gatineau Quebec. It is a Mecca for water activities where you can indulge in white water rafting, kayaking, class V rapids, paddle boating etc.
Major Airports in Ottawa
Major airports serving the area of Ottawa include:-
- Ottawa/Macdonald–Cartier International Airport or Macdonald–Cartier International Airport is the major public international airport which is the sixth busiest airport in the country
Major Airlines flying to Ottawa
- Air Canada
- Jet Airways
- United Airlines
- Air India
- WestJet Airways
- Sunwing Airlines
- Porter Airlines
- Canadian North
- Delta Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- Turkish Airlines
- Virgin Atlantic
- TAP Air Portugal
- Qantas Airways
- Qatar Airways
- Austrian Airlines
- Korean Air
- China Eastern Airlines
- Asiana Airlines
- Air New Zealand
- Frontier Airlines
When to book flights for Ottawa
The cheap flights to any destination depend on lots of factors like departure time, month, class and how early you book. Currently the cheapest month for flights to Ottawa is March. The best time to book flights for Ottawa is April. To get best deals on flights to Ottawa book at least 60 days in advance. The cheapest day to fly to Ottawa is Thursday while the highest cost at present is Monday. Winter time from November to February is least popular time to visit Ottawa as the weather can be brutal and thus the visitors can find cheap flights and hotel accommodations.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Ottawa is between March-May. Even though there are some chills in temperatures but still it is an ideal time to visit this beautiful destination. It is also the time when some of the capital’s favourite events take places including Tulip Festival. June to August is considered the peak season to visit Ottawa but during this time the hotel prices and flight rates also shoot up. It is not a good time for the people who are opting for budget travel to Ottawa.
Useful Travel Tips
- Plan an evening visit to the museums of Ottawa including the Canadian War Museum, Canadian Museum of Nature etc that offer free admission on Thursday evening
- Alcohol drinks and tobacco goods are available only on specialized stores with two different rates daytime and night-time
- All the hotels and inns are equipped with American standard sockets with utility supplied voltage of 110V.
- Beware of your goods at public places as one of the most challenging problems in the city is still high pick pocket rates.
- Avoid downtown hotels as they are expensive and you can easily find much lower rates on the outskirts of town.
- OC Transpo is in charge of public transport in the city and operates over 200 bus lines and O-Train that cover the entire city. The tickets and passes can be purchased on the bus, O-Train Stations or online.