Get the most of the East Coast, with a flight from Ottawa to Moncton.
Start your trip with the height of entertainment in Moncton, on Magnetic Hill. Drive down and watch your car roll uphill to see the magic of Magnetic Hill. After experiencing the illusion, venture to the Magnetic Hill Zoo, where pythons and peacocks make their home.
While you’re on Magnetic Hill, a visit to the Magnetic Hill Winery can whet your appetite before dinner. In town, Moncton’s restaurants serve up the catch of the day. With the Atlantic Ocean so close, this New Brunswick city knows fish.
Having the Atlantic as a neighbour has other benefits. Warm, sandy beaches make Moncton the perfect place to slip into a swimsuit and enjoy the sun. Nearby, walk across the sands of Parlee Beach, or across the seafloor during low tide in Fundy National Park. The ocean is always inviting in Moncton.
After enjoying the outdoors, spend some time inside soaking in Moncton’s entertainment. At the historic Capitol Theatre, the Atlantic Ballet of Canada regularly graces the stage. If you prefer to be in the centre of the action, spend an evening at Casino New Brunswick.
With so many things to do in Moncton and the surrounding area, it’s high tide you booked your flight from Ottawa.
When you fly from Ottawa to Moncton, be sure to make the 1-hour drive to Fundy National Park for the highest tides in the world.
Rising up to 16 metres, the tides in the Bay of Fundy constantly change the landscape. At high tide, you can kayak across this bay’s waters. Return at low tide to retrace your path, this time on the ocean floor. Beachcomb through the seaweed, barnacles, and rock crabs revealed by the retreating water.
The changing tides also provide a beautiful photo-op for the Hopewell Rocks. As the tides of the Bay of Fundy change, these strangely shaped flowerpot rocks rise like towers from the seafloor and give the landscape a strange, surreal quality.
Further inside Fundy National Park, another amazing ecosystem awaits. The Caledonia highlands plateau rises sharply from the coast below. 300 metres above the bay, this heavily forested area is heaven for hikers and snowshoers alike.
When your feet get tired, kick them up in one of the park’s many overnight options. If tents make you tense, spend the night in a cozy cabin. In the park’s yurts, you’ll have a view of the stars through the central skylights. One of Fundy National Park’s coolest (and weirdest) options is an oTENTik, a spacious tent-cabin hybrid.
Even if you aren’t outdoorsy, the park’s cultural events are sure to appeal. Maritime music echoes through the park from summer concerts. In the historic home of Molly Kool, North America’s first female sea captain, fiddles and foot-stomping make the music of a traditional Atlantic Canada kitchen party.
After stopping by to hear a shanty or two, you’ll have the full maritime experience before you return to Ottawa.
Take a walk through historic downtown, on your next trip from Ottawa to Moncton.
As the oldest neighbourhood in the city, Downtown Moncton holds a wealth of historic architecture. Dating back to the 1920s, the Capitol Theatre is a shining example of vaudeville theatre design. With regular performances by the Atlantic Ballet of Canada, it’s what’s inside this theatre that really counts.
After catching a show, use the local Codiac Transit to get to Resurgo Place, home of the Moncton Museum. Resurgo Place is named after Moncton’s original motto; “resurgo” means “I rise again” in Latin. Inside, the Moncton Museum revives history with archives and photographs of the city. The building’s other tenant, the Transportation Discovery Centre teaches visitor about transportation and science through interactive exhibits. Both museums make this modern facility a must-see in Moncton.
For more family-friendly activities in Moncton’s downtown, Centennial Park is your next stop. This green space spans 230 scenic acres. At TreeGO, you can experience the park’s most adventurous attractions. Rope courses and ziplines will take you on a heart-racing trip through the treetops.
After letting the adrenaline settle, head back onto the streets of downtown to make the most of your trip from Ottawa to Moncton.
Fly non-stop from Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) to the Greater Moncton International Airport (YQM). Ottawa to Moncton flight time is 1 hour and 40 minutes on average. The distance from Ottawa to Moncton is around 860 km / 535 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.
Greater Moncton International Airport (YQM) is about 9 km / 5 mi from downtown Moncton.
Taxis to downtown cost about $20 CAD. Car service costs about $80 CAD.
The Maritime Bus provides shuttle service from the airport to downtown.
Car rental services are available on the main level of the terminal of Greater Moncton International Airport (YQM).