The Ottawa/Macdonald-Cartier International Airport is an airport serving Ottawa, the capital of Canada, and the province of Ontario. The airport is named after Sir John A. Macdonald and Sir George-Etienne Cartier, and is located in the south of the city, some 10.2 kilometres of downtown Ottawa. The airport is Canada's sixth busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic, and fifth busiest by aircraft movements. In 2012 alone, some 4.6 million passengers were served in the airport, while 160,143 aircraft movements were recorded. It is operated by the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Authority and is owned by Transport Canada as a public and commercial airport. Previously, the airport was a military base known as CFB Ottawa South/CFB Uplands.
Facilities for the airport include a new single terminal built and opened in 2003, connected to the old 1960 terminal (parts of it still active), three asphalt runways, and a few other services.
What to see & do
A plethora of destinations await those who dare conquer the capital of Canada in one go – so if you're ready for your next dynamic and vibrant adventure that will surely go down the books, then this one's for you. Hop on one of the best North American tours and experience the beauty of Ottawa, Canada's beating heart.
Rideau Canal – Ottawa's most famous outdoor attraction, the Rideau Canal became Canada's 14th location to be named a UNESCO National Historic Site. It is ideal for boating, with parks, small towns, lakes, and many places to stop en route, and in winter, it turns into the biggest and longest skating rink in the world. Go during the right season and experience this two-pronged destination.
National Gallery of Canada – The national Gallery of Canada is one of Canada's premier art galleries. It is a museum of visual arts, known for its international stature and its beautiful exhibits. The Gallery is now housed in a glass and granite building on Sussex Drive, with a notable view of the Canadian Parliament buildings on Parliament Hill. A few notable works displayed here include Sir Francis Bacon's Study for Portrait No. 1, Gian Lorenzo Bernini's Bust of Pope Urban VIII, Salvador Dali's Gala and the Angelus of Millet Before the Imminent Arrival of the Conical Anamorphoses, Gustave Klimt's Hope I, Claude Monet's Jean-Pierre Hoschede et Michel Monet au bord de l'Epte and Waterloo Bridge: the Sun In a Fog, Auguste Rodin's The Age of Bronze, Rembrandt Van Rijn's A Woman at Her Toilet, Andy Warhol's Brillo, and Vincent van Gogh's Iris and Still-life: Flowers.
Canadian Museum of Nature – Dubbed as a National Historic Site of Canada, the museum features collections on natural history, which was started by the Geological Survey of Canada in 1856. It includes all aspects of the intersection of human society and nature, from gardening to gene-splicing. The museum displays various exhibits and programs including mounts of Canada's animals, minerals, rocks, dinosaurs, live insects, arachnids, and slugs, bird mounts, and many interactive and multimedia displays.
How to get around within Ottawa
Public transit, taxis, and bicycles are the main modes of transport in Ottawa. The public transit is provided by the government and run by OC Transpo, which includes bus and train services covering the many streets and areas within Canada. If looking for something more private, taxis are easy to find almost everywhere, especially in downtown. If you cannot flag one down the street, you may phone for a cab. All taxis should have a meter, and payments can be in the form of cash or card. Ottawa is also a cycle-friendly and pedestrian-friendly city, so there will be no problem if you prefer this mode of transport.
How to get there
The Ottawa/Macdonald-Cartier International Airport is the main airport serving Ottawa and Ontario. Airlines that travel the destination include Air Canada, Air Canada Express, Air North, Air Transat, Canadian North, Delta Connection, First Air, Porter Airlines, Sunwing Airlines, United Express, US Airways Express, WestJet, and Westjet Encore. Flights mostly cover destinations in North America (Canada and the United States), as well as a handful of flights in Europe and the Caribbean. Cargo airlines and services are also catered to in the airport.