The capital of Canada, the city of Ottawa is located along the Ontario side of the Ottawa River. The only bilingual North American capital, both French and English are widely spoken and understood. Ottawa really has set the standard for all capitals; it is compact, clean and has a wealth of cultural attractions and beautiful architecture. The city's airport has regular flights to and from most major Canadian and U.S. cities. However, it may be difficult to get a cheap flight to the city from destinations outside of North America, as flights are limited to a single daily route to London Heathrow and a daily flight to Frankfurt, provided by Air Canada. Another option for getting to the city is to get a cheap flight to Montreal Trudeau International Airport, which is direct from London; where you can subsequently travel to the capital city. If you are searching for a flight from Manchester, or most other UK airports, this is possible except it is likely that your flight will have multiple stopovers.
Ottawa happens to be one of the fastest growing cities in North America due to a rapidly expanding high-tech business sector. However, the city has maintained its historical character with many fine examples of Gothic revival-style buildings and the lovely Rideau Canal, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The canal, which runs through the centre of the city, offers boat rides in the summer season and caters for winter sports in the colder months. The primary attraction for many visitors to the city is the spectacular architecture of Parliament Hill, which is also an excellent starting point for a walking tour of downtown. The city offers a unique blend of Canadian culture: from outstanding hospitality to excellent restaurants and shopping.
Macdonald-Cartier Airport has a number of options for passengers planning to travel to the city centre. On arrival, the city centre is easily reached by taxi or public transit, a taxi to downtown should cost between £15 and £20. To reach the city via public transport, your best option is the number 97 bus. While you will need a further transfer as the bus route does not reach the centre of the city, it is nevertheless efficient and reasonably priced, at around £2 for one and a half hours of unlimited bus travel (exact change is required). Additionally, YOW Airporter runs a bus shuttle service to most of the city's major hotels, costing roughly £9 one way and £15 return.