You’ll find great charm and relaxed beauty, ready for you to explore when you book your flight from Ottawa to Saint John, New Brunswick.
Saint John offers a lot of charm, as its historic downtown eases down to the water along a gentle slope. The buildings tell stories of the city’s maritime past, and you can see the pride that still makes the city a key part of Canada’s Maritimes. Even though it is the oldest incorporated city in Canada, Saint John’s community continues to cater to all ages.
On the waterfront, there are lots of different types of boats moving across your view. From kayaks to cruise ships, they’re all there for your viewing pleasure. The Market Square is a key place on the waterfront, gathering families and friends for a remarkable range of seasonal entertainments.
And yes, you will be hungry from all your exploring. So just explore a bit more into a diverse selection of places to dine. There is always local seafood (and local means locally caught just offshore), as well as new international flavours to tempt you.
The Loyalist House from 1817 survived the Great Fire of 1877 to show you what life was like for the residents of the city in the early 19th century. Its front hall reminds many of George Washington’s house on the Potomac.
Don’t forget to visit Saint John’s only cathedral. Its neo-gothic spire towers over you. It is a strong reminder of the Irish heritage of Saint John. In just two years, between 1845 and 1847, over 30,000 Irish arrived in the city, which doubled the city’s population. During this period, Saint John was the second-largest port of entry for Irish immigrants into British North America.
If you’re looking to take a few souvenirs of Saint John back with you, there are a variety of unique and artisanal shops ready for you to browse.
Book flights from Ottawa to Saint John and discover a city worth exploring, not just for its charm but for its natural wonders and deep rooted history.
Just east of Saint John is Irving Nature Park. Head here right after your Porter flight from Ottawa to Saint John arrives and explore the coastline that winds along the Bay of Fundy.
Minutes away from downtown Saint John, Irving Nature Park has over 600 acres of volcanic rock and forest, plus beach, marsh and trails for you to explore. From plants to animals, Irving Nature Park has six ecosystems all thriving at the same time.
Get the best view of the rugged Bay of Fundy. Walk through and learn about its ecosystems and wander its 11 km of coastline. If you’re not in the mood to explore alone, you can opt for the complimentary guided tours from the park’s staff members.
This park goes back, 10,000 years back and the proof is in the pudding with some of its clamshells dating back to the park’s beginning.
From casual strollers to experienced hikers, wander the eight different trails at your preferred pace. You can even walk on water, over the boardwalk that extends into the salt marsh. Spot the various flying species overhead that call this marsh home.
If you haven’t had your fill of wildlife yet, head straight for the Seal Observation Deck on the park’s harbour. The seals always guarantee a fun show as they dive in to catch fish or lazily sun themselves on the rocks.
Go way, way up to the park’s highest point. The Lookout Tower lets you view over the treetops to the ocean, for breathtaking views of the park.
During the summer months, pick a spot to have a picnic where you can enjoy your lunch, made even more delicious by all your walking. After lunch, get lost in a cedar maze.
In winter, there are great cross-country ski trails. Well-groomed, speed through the thick-forested areas and enjoy the wintery scenery on your skis.
This natural wonder is one thing you can’t miss when you fly from Ottawa to Saint John on Porter.
A water wonder that is sure to impress, make sure Reversing Falls is another stop when your flight from Ottawa to Saint John touches down.
Reversing Falls changes its rapids twice a day, with three different tides: low, slack and high.
During low tide, rapids and whirlpools form as the river empties into the bay. Then, the tides fill back up and the river current begins to calm. This is now the slack tide. It’s the calmest part of the cycle. The tide continues to rise so high that it reverses the flow of the river. The rapids form in reverse direction, peaking at high tide. This happens twice a day, every day.
The best time to visit is just before the end of low tide. During this time, the falls are fiercely rushing through. If you would like to learn more about the rapids, the Information Centre at Reversing Falls can answer your questions about the water wonders that give rise to these tides.
To get right into the action, take a relaxing boat tour that runs through the calm portions of the tide. You can sit back and take in the beautiful scenery of Saint John and the Reversing Falls.
If you prefer to go a little faster, hop on the jet boat tour that zips you through the rapids. This ride takes you on sharp turns and high speeds – make sure you hold on!
After the boat tour comes to an end, make your way on land and drive to the city’s southern point and walk along the Bay of Fundy. This scenic hike is full of ocean views, beach and wildlife. Soak it all in from the staggering cliffs and get a fresh view of the Reversing Falls.
Before your flight from Saint John to Ottawa takes off, no trip is complete without visiting the Reversing Falls
Fly non-stop from Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) to Saint John Airport (YSJ). Ottawa to Saint John flight time is 1 hour and 30 minutes on average. The distance from Ottawa to Saint John is 765 km / 475 mi.
While onboard, sit back, relax, and enjoy our free drinks and snacks.
Porter’s check-in desk is on the third floor, in the departures area.
Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) is about 10 km / 6 mi from downtown Ottawa.
Please allow sufficient time to drop off your car rental before your departing flight.
Take the OC Transpo 97 Airport / Bayshore and Bells bus to the airport stop. The fare is $3.65 CAD.
Taxis to Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) from downtown cost about $35 CAD. Car service costs about $90 CAD.
Saint John Airport (YSJ) is about 17 km / 11 mi from downtown Saint John.
Hertz, Avis, Alamo, Budget, Enterprise, and National offer car rental services at the Saint John Airport (YSJ).
Taxi to downtown costs about $30 CAD. Limousine service is also available.