Getting Around Ottawa

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    Bus service to Algonquin Park - Park Bus

    by GrumpyDiver Written Apr 23, 2013

    Visiting the Provincial and National Parks in Ontario has pretty well always required a car, as there really has been no public transport for people wishing to get to these places.

    There is a pilot service out of Ottawa this summer (2013), called Park Bus that will pick you and your camping gear up and take you to your campsite at Algonquin Park. The return trip is about $84.

    You do have to make your own reservations at the parks and bring your own gear and supplies.

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    Ottawa Airport.

    by Regina1965 Updated Nov 10, 2012

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    I like Ottawa airport as it is small and very easy to get around. When I fly from Iceland to Canada I fly to Toronto, which is a very big airport, and from there to Ottawa, and what a difference. Ottawa is Canada´s capital city, so I don´t understand why the airport isn´t bigger than this. But better for me.

    I have also flown from Montréal and that is the same, a very big, confusing airport, so I am very happy with Ottawa airport (YOW).

    There is free Wi-Fi at the airport, which is very much appreciated.

    Ottawa airport is very close to the city centre, ca 10 km away.

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    OTrain

    by GrumpyDiver Written Oct 17, 2011

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    Believe it or not, there is light rail service in Ottawa. The Otrain is currently running as a feasibility study from Bayview Station on the Transitway to South Keys shopping centre. It more or less follows Bronson Avenue / Airport Parkway.

    Most of the passengers seem to be Carleton University students. I occasionally use to to get to work or to head home after work.

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    Go Biking

    by kris-t Updated Oct 15, 2011

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    Ottawa is a great city for cyclists. It has over 170 kilometres of bike paths, many of them along our scenic rivers and canals:

    Rideau Canal & Rideau River (20k, 2h30) -
    An easy pathway ride along both sides of the Rideau Canal with turnaround at Hartwell Locks;

    Ottawa River (30k, 4h) -
    A shorter but more hilly route following Confederation Boulevard and Ottawa River;

    Gatineau Park (30k, 4h) -
    Nice bike path route from downtown via Lac Leamy passing ponds and woods;

    Rockcliffe (10k, 2h) -
    Sussex, Rideau Falls, Rideau Hall, embassies.

    Many major routes featuring special bike lanes to make commuting easy. There are a few downtown streets that are restricted to only bicycle or pedestrians, such as Sparks Street.

    Rental season ends Oct. 30.

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    Boat Cruise

    by kris-t Updated Oct 15, 2011

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    The tour duration is approximately 1.5 hours from the Ottawa dock and 2 hours from the Hull dock.

    Tour comes with a bilingual and live commentary.

    Ottawa River Cruise includes: Parliament Buildings, Supreme Court, Museum of Civilization, National Art Gallery, Rideau Falls, Residence of the Prime Minister and more.

    Rideau Canal Cruise: National Arts Centre, University of Ottawa, Lansdowne Park, Carleton University, Experimental Farm, Dow’s Lake.

    This cruise operates from May 19th to October 9th (2011).

    Rideau Canal Cruise: Adult CAD 19.00

    Ottawa River Cruise: Adult CAD 21.00

    There are special rates for groups of 10 or more people.

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    Across The River To The Museum of Civilization

    by johngayton Updated Oct 12, 2009

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    To visit the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau from Ottawa you can take the OCTranspo bus #8 which will deliver you to its doorstep. However the bus takes a circuitous route via the Chaudiere Bridge and so if going from downtown you are actually quicker walking across the Alexandra Bridge with the Museum being about 100 metres to the left on the Ontario side.

    The Alexandra Bridge is a short walk from the Byward Market at the end of St Patrick Street, where the Notre Dame Cathedral is.

    The bridge was originally a railway bridge built by Canadian Pacific between 1898 and 1900 and became a vehicular and pedestrian crossing in 1966 following the closure of the downtown Union Station. The pedestrian footpath doubles as a cycle path and is safely separated from the bridge's motorised transport.

    Note: In mid-winter you don't have to use the bridge - you can walk across the river itself!

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    Royal Alexandra Provincial Bridge (1900)

    by yooperprof Updated Jul 7, 2008

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    The Royal Alexandra Provincial Bridge links Ottawa with Gatineau. The steel truss cantilever bridge was constructed by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1898-1900. Although the last train crossed the bridge in 1966, it is still used by thousands of vehicles and pedestrians every day.

    A wide section of the bridge is reserved for bicycles and walkers.

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    The #97 Airport Bus

    by johngayton Written Apr 6, 2008

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    To get to and from Ottawa Airport the #97 bus runs from just outside the main entrance/exit into Downtown (and beyond to Bayshore) with a peak frequency of about every 12 minutes during the day. The service commences about 4.30 am from Hurdman out to the airport and finishes about 2.30 am with a fastest journey time of about 20 minutes. However, given that buses can be delayed getting into and out of Downtown, the usual daytime journey will take about half an hour and also note that some of the peak-period #97 services will not actually go all the way, terminating at South Keys.

    To be on the safe side it's usually best to allow at least 45 mins for your journey from Downtown.

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    Getting to Ottawa

    by oceania26 Updated Feb 15, 2007

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    With the assumption most people would be coming to Ottawa from Toronto, here are some options:

    Rent a car - Canada's one of those places where travelling by car is much more convenient and sometimes the only option since public transport doesn't go everywhere. It takes about 4 or 5 hours from Toronto depending on traffic and the directions are pretty straightforward - you take 401 East, to 416 N, 417 W and take Nicholas exit to get downtown or you can take the more scenic route by taking Hwy 37 from the 401 which goes through small towns such as Sharbot Lake, Tweed. Also an excellent opportunity to visit 1000 Islands along the way as well.

    By bus - you can take the Greyhound coach - www.greyhound.ca

    Plane - it's about a 45min flight via Air Canada or West Jet airlines

    From Montreal - its 1.5 hour drive by car....again you can take the Greyhound if you're travelling by bus or by plane with the same companies I already mentioned..

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    Skate, when in right season

    by bkathryn Written May 28, 2005

    If you skate, or want to learn to, try to come to Ottawa during Winterlude, or at least winter, when you will likely have the chance to skate on the Rideau Canal - claimed as the world's longest skating rink.

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    Taxis

    by Canadian_girl Updated May 21, 2003

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    Warning: Taxis in Ottawa are a huge pain in the butt and they are not terribly cheap. If you call a taxi, go outside to wait for it as soon as possible, since they have a tendency to leave if they don't see you right away. They're fine for short trips in the centre, but for longer journeys, stick to the bus (see web page below).
    If you must take a taxi, the largest company in Ottawa is Blue Line. Be sure to call well in advance if you need to be somewhere (on time) during busy periods.

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    Explore Ottawa on foot

    by HORSCHECK Written Sep 27, 2002

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    The main sights of Ottawa are located in walking distance from the Parliament Hill. The Ottawa Locks, the Byward Market and the main shopping streets can be reached in less than 15 minutes. The banks of the Ottawa River, Rideau River and Rideau Canal are perfect for a stroll.

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