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Travelling to Ottawa:
Host City for CSEE&T
Ottawa is the Capital of Canada and hosts many high-technology
In mid April the tulips should be beginning to appear, and daily high
temperatures are likely to be in the range 15-20 degrees Celsius (59-68
Fahrenheit). A few years ago it went over 30C (86F) in Mid April, although
not infrequently the daily high can be as low as 10C (50F), and
occasionally quite a bit lower! So be prepared for anything weather: bring
something warm to wear over the top of your lighter clothing.
Ottawa has recently completely replaced its airport
and service is superb. About five Canadian airlines and seven major
US airlines serve the city.
You can fly directly to Ottawa from London, England and from many US
centres (New York, Newark, Boston, Detroit, Atlanta, Washington,
Philadephia, Pittsburgh and Chicago). Within Canada there are numerous
direct flights, including Montreal and Toronto (about once an hour), as
well as Halifax, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver.
Click here to see arrivals
at Ottawa Airport.
Click here to see departures
from Ottawa Airport.
When flying to or from the US, we strongly recommend directly flying
into and out of Ottawa, rather than connecting elsewhere in Canada.
This is because Ottawa has US Customs pre-clearance, saving you lots of
time. Connecting in Toronto or Montreal, for example, would require you on
your incoming flight to claim your baggage in that city and go through
customs before flying on to Ottawa where you would claim your baggage
again. Similarly, if you transfer in Ottawa or Toronto on the return to
the US, you have to claim your baggage there (to go through US Customs
there) and again at your US destination.
There is good rail
service from Montreal (2 hours) and Toronto (4 hours).
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