Introducing Ottawa

A sleeper hit if ever there was one, Ottawa rarely courts tourist affection. Many travelers struggle even to identify Ottawa as Canada’s capital. To those in the know, Ottawa is a genial city with a stately aura, a diverse cityscape with first rate museums, lively neighborhoods, fine food, and an idyllic, river valley setting that lends itself to all manner of summer and winter outdoor pursuits. From the brooding Gothic Parliament buildings, to the sublime Museum of Civilization and the engaging Museum of Nature, Ottawa inspires and gratifies at every turn. Ottawa’s dining scene has gained kudos for its  delectable cuisine, and there’s a lively craft bar scene in which new breweries seem to emerge by the dozen, a trend that culminates in animated beer festivals. In the neighborhoods of ByWard Market, Wellington West, and Preston Street, delis, storefronts, and farm-to-table bistros stand as testimony to the city’s rich culinary traditions. Ottawa’s famed Le Cordon Bleu cooking school is over 100 years old and has cultivated some of the world’s top chefs. You can take a one day cooking class or enjoy the fruits of another’s labor at the venerable, on-site restaurant, Signatures. Le Baccara, a gourmet French-inspired restaurant, is one of a few Canadian restaurants awarded the AAA Five Diamond badge of honor. Memorable dishes can be paired with a superlative vintage from an extensive wine list that runs to more than 500 different varieties.

Airports within a 50-mile radius of Ottawa:

  • Ottawa/Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (CYOW)

Popular aircraft charters* in the Ottawa area include:

*This is just a sample. Zephyr provides access to aircraft at every end of the spectrum, from luxurious VIP airliners, to ultra long range business jet, helicopters, and economical turboprops.