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Why fly to Ottawa?

Canada's capital city is where the country's English and French personalities truly meet. Ottawa lures in people from across Canada for work in government as well as the opportunity to live in a bright, clean city that is perfect for young families.

The city sits on the Ottawa River and the Rideau Canal winds its way right through the city.

Parliament Hill is the seat of Canada's government and the Neo-Gothic inspired parliament buildings are a stand out in a city of mostly modern functional development. Take a tour of the Parliament buildings and learn about the history of Canadian politics. You can then head up to the Peace Tower and here you will have a lovely view of the city. Out on the grounds you can check out the Whispering Wall and test it out yourself. If you stand on one end and whisper something, the person at the other end will be able to hear you. If you are in Ottawa in the summer you can head to the hill in the morning and watch the changing of the guard ceremony. In the evening you can take in a huge sound and light show that lights up Parliament Hill.

Ottawa is home to the National Gallery of Canada, here you can learn a lot about First Nations art and check out the collection of beautiful totem poles. Take in a show at the National Arts Center. There are also many outdoor activities outside of the downtown. Take a hike near Hog's Back Falls or go biking along the Rideau Canal. For a day trip head out to Lac Phillipe where you can go exploring around the caves and enjoy a picnic.

The city is a beehive of activity in the summer with numerous festivals taking place including the Jazz Festival, Bluesfest, Folk Festival, Canada Day celebrations, Ottawa Fringe Festival and the Lumiere Festival just to name a few.

In the winter there is nothing more romantic or perfect than going for a skate on the frozen Rideau Canal, the largest skating rink in the world. Follow that up silky hot chocolate and you will walk around with a smile on your face for the rest of your trip.

For a night on the town, head to Byward Market. This is where you will find dozens of restaurants catering to all sorts of appetites, offerings include Canadian steakhouse, Asian fusion and Italian. This is also where you will find several bars and nightclubs.

Canada's capital city is big city rolled up in small-town fun. A visit will give you a chance to meet Canadians from across the country and be embraced by some good old-fashioned friendly Canadian charm.

Ottawa Weather

Ottawa is very cold in the winter and quite hot in the summer. The capital region is cold in the fall with temperatures in the the low teens and falls into the minus teens come December. The summer months bring in the warmth with temperatures in the low 30s during July and August. The city experiences rainfall throughout the year and combined with summer heat, the humidity in the city gets fairly high.

When to fly to Ottawa

Peak Season

Summer is a popular time to visit the city, especially during July when Canada Day celebrations are held. This means flight tickets can be pricey during the peak summer months.

Off Season

There isn't much tourism in the city during the spring months which means low flight ticket prices for travelers. Although the temperatures are fairly cold, Ottawa has a ton to see and do indoors so booking your flight during this time could save you some bucks and you will save time as there will be no waiting in line-ups.

Getting into Ottawa

Your gateway to Ottawa opens up at the Ottawa International Airport. From the airport you can take either bus or taxi to get into the city center.

Getting around Ottawa

The center of the city is small and walkable, however if you are traveling outside of the downtown there are several public transit options. You can use the city bus or rapid bus which runs on the freeway. The city's light rail service runs on a north- south route and can get in and out of the center. Ottawa is also a great cycling city with numerous dedicated bike lane ways and bike rentals available. Metered taxi services are also available.

Insider Guide

  • Take a Haunted Walking Tour. The tour will take you through Ottawa's dark side with stops at various sites that have a story of the paranormal kind.
  • For an outdoor adventure sign up for a whitewater rafting trip on the Ottawa River.
  • Head to Calypso for some splish splash. Calypso is a giant themed water park that houses more than 35 water slides and the highest waterslide on the continent. The latest addition is an African adventure river.
  • In February Ottawa hosts the Winterlude festival which turns Ottawa into a winter wonderland. Winter art springs up all over the city including fascinating snow sculptures, magical slides made out of ice and ice sculptures that are entered into a competition. There are tons of activities for children and the Rideau Canal is peppered with skaters.
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Historical prices for Ottawa flights.

Departure Airline Prices
Atlanta American Airlines $331
Washington Dulles Air Canada $400
Newark Air Canada $295
Berlin Air Canada $665
Dallas Fort Worth Air Canada $392
San Diego Air Canada $405
New York Air Canada $247
Fort Myers Continental $297
Kuala Lumpur Delta $1256
Fort Lauderdale Delta $305
Honolulu United Airlines $640
Philadelphia United $401
Phoenix Delta $538
Saint John Air Canada $706
Vancouver WestJet $606
La Guardia Air Canada $278
Manila Delta $1138
Bangkok Continental Airlines $1738
Boston Air Canada $301

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