As Canada’s capital, Ottawa is a showcase city of more than one million people. Located in Ontario at the Quebec border, it offers visitors an opportunity to explore Canada’s proud heritage at impressive national sites and famous landmarks, including the Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). It’s a city steeped in culture, with world-class museums and galleries displaying stunning national collections and special exhibitions from Canada and around the world.
This city is a uniquely beautiful place: an urban centre on the edge of nature where one can enjoy both a vibrant cosmopolitan city and the great outdoors — just outside your hotel room, and nearby in the surrounding country side. Explore the distinctive local neighbourhoods, including the historic ByWard Market: by day this area boasts a bustling farmers’ market and chic shops – by night it hums with activity at the restaurants, pubs, and nightclubs.
Ottawa is a city that enjoys the finer things in life, with a culinary community that’s earning wide acclaim, unique boutiques and shopping districts, a lively local music and art scene, and always exciting nightlife.
Being at uOttawa, ICMR participants will be in the National Capital of Canada and will enjoy scenic trails for joggers, cyclists, hikers and all types of sports and nature enthusiasts. Visit Discover Ottawa to learn more about Ottawa, please go to: http://www.ottawatourism.ca
Getting to Ottawa by Air
Ottawa is only 200 km from Montreal and just over 400 km from Toronto, making it an easy drive for many delegates. Ottawa International Airport (YOW) serves the Greater Ottawa Region with daily direct connections to/from Canada’s largest cities and many US and international destinations (IATA: YOW, ICAO: CYOW – https://yow.ca/en)
Taxis are stationed outside the airport at all times. For transportation to/from the airport, your hotel is happy to arrange a taxi to pick you up. Ride time: 30-40 minutes and the Fee is CAD $35-$40
Bus – Public Transport
The bus is a good option as long as you don’t have a lot of luggage. It will take about 30 minutes from the airport to downtown. The bus has an automated announcement system so you’ll be able to hear when to get off (the next stop is also displayed at the front of the bus). The city bus will get you within 2 short blocks of your hotel and directly infront of the uOttawa main campus, at a cost of about $4.00 each cash. Because it has a dedicated right-of-way and limited stops, the bus will be nearly as fast as a taxi at normal times, possibly faster during rush hours.
Going around Ottawa
Whether you’re going from Ottawa east to Ottawa south, west or downtown Ottawa to Gatineau, or vice-versa, OC Transpo (http://www.octranspo.com/) can take you. OC transpo provide comprehensive transit services to nearly one million people in Ottawa. The OC Transpo fleet has over 900 buses and six trains serving our nearly 340,000 daily riders.
OC Transpo’s mandate is to deliver safe, reliable, and courteous service at a reasonable price. Transit use benefits the community by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, traffic congestion, and the requirement for more roads.