Cheap Flights From Ottawa Gatineau Airport

The Ottawa Gatineau Airport (YND), also called the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport, is on the small side. It's about 23 kilometres from Parliament Hill, close to the Parc du Lac-Beauchamp in the town of Gatineau. If this easy to navigate airport is your departure choice for that business trip or vacation to Quebec City, Quebec, Skyscanner can help. Use the search engine to find the cheapest airfare as well as book your hotel accommodations and car rental. The website's Whole Month Search screen pulls up an entire month's worth of fares so you can instantly compare them. Book early, be flexible and book that great fare as soon as you find it.

Things to do in Quebec City

A visit to Quebec City is a bit like sampling European French culture while still on Canadian soil. Old Quebec, founded in 1608, is part of the original settlement and a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also called Vieux-Quebec, the old city is filled with boutique hotels, quaint cafes and trendy shops, some in buildings that have been standing for centuries. Quebec City is divided into Upper Town and Lower Town. Walk between the two sections or take the Funicular, sort of a glass-walled tram that connects the levels. The view of the St. Lawrence as you make the trip is quite photogenic.

Upper Town is where you find Sainte Jean, Sainte Anne and De Buade Streets that are major commercial zones. Quebec City Hall, the Ursulines Convent and the Augustinian Monastery are in Upper Town. The famed Chateau Frontenac, a castle-like hotel that overlooks the St. Lawrence River, is a National Historic Site of Canada. Spend the night and you'll be sleeping in a legendary property built for the Canadian Pacific Railway. It opened its doors in 1893.

Lower Town is home to cobblestone streets and buildings that date back to the late 1600s. As you wind your way through the city, you'll find buildings with creative facades that make you do a double take. Old town is whee you'll find the Musee de la Civilisation, focusing on the history of Quebec, and the Church of Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, which began construction in 1687. If you really want to get a taste of Old Quebec, take a guided walking tour and learn the history first hand from a local.

Once you are outside the vintage stone walls, a national historic structure known as the Fortifications of Quebec, you'll be in the newer part of town. The area is rich in parks and monuments. The most famous is the Plains of Abraham inside Battlefields Park. This is the site of a battle on September 13, 1759 that eventually led to the creation of modern day Canada. The onsite Plains of Abraham Museum tells the tale in a multi-media format.

About the Ottawa Gatineau Airport

Ottawa Gatineau is primarily an executive airport, welcoming private charter jets from around the world. Some VIPs prefer this airport because it is so easy to navigate and the lack of crowds insures anonymity, if that is a concern. It is a designated point of entry so does have a Canadian Customs and Immigrations check point.

The hub airline, Air Liaison, offers scheduled passenger service to Quebec City, with round trip flights from Monday to Friday. Passengers must check in at least 30 minutes before departure. These are smaller planes, usually no more than 15 passengers. Try to travel light. You are allowed 10 kilograms of luggage free, with a charge of $3.00 CAD per kilogram after that.

Parking at the airport is free, as is the Wi-Fi. L'Aviateur Restaurant is next to the passenger lounge and is open for breakfast and lunch. It's a good place to watch planes land and take off. The airport is open from 6:00 am until the last flight arrives. There are no scheduled shuttles, but a taxi will run you about $40.00 CAD from Parliament Hill in downtown Ottawa. Car rentals are available if you need one on your return.

A Fun Thing to Do at the Ottawa Gatineau Airport

The Ottawa Gatineau Airport is the home of Vintage Wings of Canada, a "flying museum." Various aircraft are on display, and many of them take to the air for air shows, graduation parades and commemorative celebrations. Visitors are welcome on Saturdays between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, but visits during the week may be scheduled in advance. If you have some time before or after your flight, call ahead. You might get a kick out of seeing a vintage Spitfire or a Tiger Moth bi-plane, or getting a front row seat while a plane is being refurbished or fine tuned for a coming show. The Wings of Canada hanger is right next to the passenger terminal.

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