Explore Canada’s capital city with flights from Orlando-Melbourne to Ottawa.
The city’s history and hospitality come together in the ByWard Market district. The area was developed by Lieutenant-Colonel John By in 1826 as a public meeting space. Today, you’ll find an array of nightclubs, chic boutiques, and well-known eateries in ByWard Market. Grab a pint at the Chateau Lafayette or the Laff, a local haunt since 1849.
The National Gallery of Canada borders the ByWard Market and is the centerpiece of Ottawa’s arts scene. Browse its vast collection of contemporary art, including the works of celebrated international and Aboriginal artists. If you’re visiting in the summer, stop by the gallery’s beautifully landscaped gardens, inspired by the work of Canadian painter A.Y. Jackson.
Delve further into nature at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Get an up-close look at the nearly 450 bird species featured in the Bird Gallery. The mysteries of the ocean are revealed in the Water Gallery, where the skeleton of the planet’s largest mammal, the blue whale is on display.
Take a break from touring art galleries and museums and spend your afternoon outdoors in Major Hill’s Park. You’ll enjoy its peaceful ambience and the picturesque views of Parliament Hill across the Rideau Canal. If you’re in town for the annual Canada Day festivities on July 1st, the green space is a great spot to watch the colourful show of fireworks.
Opt for a scenic walk along the Rideau Canal, an Ottawa landmark built in 1832. The waterway also transforms into the city’s longest ice rink during winter. Skate over to more points of interest in Ottawa like the magnificent granite arch of the National War Memorial on Elgin Street.
Learn more about the historic wars that helped shape Canada at the Canadian War Museum. You may even discover a few battles between Canada and the United States on a trip to Ottawa from Orlando-Melbourne.
While home to Canada’s government, Parliament Hill is also one of the best places to visit in Ottawa. You’ll need a camera to capture the Neo-Gothic exteriors of the buildings and the spectacular sights inside. Wander around Parliament Hill’s three sections, namely the Centre Block, East Block, and West Block, when you fly from Orlando-Melbourne to Ottawa.
With an elevator ride up to the Peace Tower, you can enjoy panoramic views of the city, including the Ottawa River. The bell and clock tower is the focal point of the Centre Block, and was rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1916.
Only the Library of Parliament was saved from the flames, which destroyed most of the Centre Block. Today, you can drop in to the Library of Parliament for a guided tour. Walk through the wood-panelled room and past the walls of books that date back to 1876.
After visiting the library, retrace your steps across the Hall of Honour to the main Centre Block building. Sit in on the lively political debates within the House of Commons and Senate. Both chambers are housed within the Centre Block and offer a unique opportunity to watch the nation’s leaders in action.
Nearby, the East Block’s heritage rooms provide a glimpse into the 1870s. Pass through the offices of Canada’s former Governor Generals and Prime Minister John A. MacDonald. You’ll see some of the Prime Minister’s original furniture, including his iconic double desk and horsehair sofa.
Cross the grounds over to the West Block, where you can snap a few photos of its restored towers and castle-like façade. Or, tour the historic monuments that dot Parliament Hill, starting at the blazing Centennial Flame.
Climb to the top of Parliament Hill after your flight from Orlando-Melbourne to Ottawa for a look at Canada’s political capital.
Enjoy the big city entertainment and small town feel of the Glebe when you fly from Orlando-Melbourne to Ottawa.
With its popular green spaces and sports arenas, the Glebe has the feel of a tight-knit community. This may be owed to the neighbourhood’s origins as part of the St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. The Glebe’s old-world name directly translates to church lands.
Today, most of the city gathers in the Glebe for a range of events. The 18-acre Lansdowne Park is a haven for sports enthusiasts. Within the park is the Aberdeen Pavilion, a National Historic Site and one of the oldest remaining venues to host Stanley Cup matches. Although Aberdeen Pavilion is no longer a hockey venue, you can head to the nearby TD Place Arena for a thrilling game.
A championship team, the Ottawa Redblacks, reside at TD Place Stadium. The Ottawa Redblacks made history in 2016, becoming the first Ottawa football team to win the Grey Cup in 40 years. You’ll definitely want to check out the hype behind these local heroes on your trip from Orlando-Melbourne.
While Lansdowne Park is renowned for its sports teams and stadiums, the area boasts other leisurely pastimes. You can shop for fresh fruits and vegetables at the year-round Ottawa Farmers’ Market. The open-air marketplace is set up in Aberdeen Square and moves indoors to Aberdeen Pavilion during the winter season.
For more shopping options, stroll over to the trendy boutiques lining Bank Street. Or, take in an experience unique to Ottawa at the annual Great Glebe Garage Sale. Search for bargains and souvenirs at this event, hosted by the Glebe’s residents since 1986.
Discover more of what the Glebe has to offer with flights from Orlando-Melbourne to Ottawa.
Fly from Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) to Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW), non-stop or with a quick connection in Toronto. Orlando-Melbourne to Ottawa flight time is 3 hours and 25 minutes on average. Connection times vary. The distance from Orlando-Melbourne to Ottawa is around 2,085 km / 1,295 mi.
Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks along the way.
Porter’s check-in desk is located in the departures area.
Orlando-Melbourne International Airport (MLB) is about 5 km / 3 mi from downtown Melbourne.
Take the Space Coast Area Transit 26 South Beach bus to the airport stop. The fare is $1.50 USD.
Please allow sufficient time to drop off your car rental before your departing flight.
The Melbourne Airport Express shuttle bus provides service to the airport from many hotels and resorts.
Taxis from downtown cost about $15 USD.
Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) is about 10 km / 6 mi from downtown Ottawa.
Car rental services are available in the Parkade, across the street from the passenger terminal of Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW).
Take the OC Transpo 97 Airport / Bayshore and Bells bus from the pick-up spot outside the arrivals area. The fare is $3.65 CAD.
Taxis to downtown cost about $35 CAD. Car service costs about $90 CAD.