For a capital Canadian adventure full of historic landmarks, heritage sites, and diverse neighbourhoods waiting to be explored, book a flight to Ottawa.
Start up at Parliament Hill for a closer look at Canada’s political heart. You can choose to tour the neo-gothic buildings with an expert guide or explore it all independently; either way, you’re sure to pick up some new knowledge. Finish off your parliamentary tour with some peace and quiet from high above the bustling city at the Peace Tower.
Keep an eye out for uniquely Canadian events at Parliament Hill year round. By daylight, crowds are drawn to the Changing of the Guard Ceremony on summer mornings. By moonlight, The Sound and Light Show delights visitors with stories of Canadian history and heritage projected onto the parliament buildings.
Even when school’s out, all ages will love learning more about Canadian art and history at the National Gallery of Canada, one of the world’s premier art galleries, boasting international art all the way from the Middle Ages to the contemporary. For nature lovers, there’s the Canadian Museum of Nature. But if you prefer the outdoors, Ottawa has plenty to explore.
Round up the whole family and slide on over to the Rideau Canal. Skating along the world’s largest naturally frozen ice rink will have you feeling like the locals who use the canal as their daily winter commute to work or school. Warm treats, hot chocolate and heated rest stations line the way. During the summer months, the canal is bustling with boats and kayakers.
Another noteworthy Ottawa attraction is Major’s Hill Park. This green space is Ottawa’s first park, established in the 19th century and located in the downtown area. Major’s Hill Park is perfect for strolling in between more touristy activities. Along your leisurely walk, you’re sure to find prime picnic spots with views of Parliament Hill across the Rideau Canal and lookout points above the Ottawa River.
The National Gallery of Canada, Parliament Hill, and the historical district of ByWard Market are all just a short journey away. Canada’s capital is packed with history, culture and up-and-coming neighbourhoods. Book flights to Ottawa and cast your vote for a great getaway.
Wellington West is one of Ottawa’s hotspots for grabbing a delicious bite and satisfying your inner shopaholic. Having undergone years of gradual gentrification, Wellington West continues to evolve with a strong sense of community that is backed by a supportive and very active business improvement area. The warm and welcoming feel of the neighbourhood is easy for visitors from all over to experience.
Wellington West has established itself as one of Ottawa’s tourist worthy attractions as a quiet and charming escape from downtown Ottawa. If you’re in search of great food, souvenirs, unique clothing or speciality goods, this neighbourhood should be at the top of your must-visit list.
Alive with artisan bakeries, clothing boutiques, galleries, restaurants, cafés and speciality shops, Wellington West is the perfect place for a bit of retail therapy and some much-needed refreshments in between.
Watch both emerging and established playwrights make a scene at the Great Canadian Theatre Company.. Take a seat and prepare yourself for compelling performances and thought-provoking productions.
Late night gallery hopping is a favourite pastime of Wellington West residents. You can also purchase some art of your own by visiting local artists’ studios. When you book your flight to Ottawa, remember to check out this up-and-coming alternative to the city’s centre.
Pass under the Chinatown Royal Arch and be transported to a multicultural village with an Asian flavor - full of sights, sounds and tastes from all over Asia.
The imperial style archway welcomes visitors with bold colours and ornate characters. Five unseen metal coins within the archway, including one from the Tang Dynasty, are believed to bring blessings. Meanwhile, four-part lion, part tiger figures guard the arch. Pick up a neighbourhood pamphlet from one of the nearby shops or restaurants to get the full story.
Two stone lions guard the gates of this residential area filled with essential shopping, food, and entertainment spots. What truly sets it apart from the Chinatowns of other cities is its multiculturalism and array of events.
Ottawa’s Chinatown boasts diverse vendors and unique month-long art festivals that transform the whole neighbourhood into an art gallery. During the festival, you’ll find sculptures, visual art and more in grocery stores, salons, and even alleyways.
Despite its name, Chinatown includes much more than food and celebrations from mainland China. You’ll also chow down on cuisine from other parts of Asia. Have your camera ready to capture cute and funky murals and classically beautiful public art that adds another splash of colour to this vibrant district.
There’s plenty to do in Chinatown year round. Night markets attract locals and visitors with Asian food trucks, beer gardens and karaoke. You may also bump into craft markets, youth art festivals, free outdoor dance classes and exciting Chinese cultural celebrations like the Lunar New Year Parade and dragon dance.
Book flights to Ottawa and head down to Chinatown, a great place for stocking up on souvenirs. Be sure to bring some luck back home too. Touch the lucky signs representing by luck, abundance, longevity, happiness and good fortune as you pass under the arch and onto your next Ottawa adventure.
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.
Taxis to Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) from downtown cost about $35 CAD. Car service costs about $90 CAD.
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.