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Wacky Adventure Walk Game - Ottawa, ON

Wacky Adventure Walk Game - Ottawa, ON
2 hours
USD 10.00
Wacky Walks is a unique walking game. It is similar to a board game in which the power, or control shifts from one player to another, and instead of a board, you'll be navigating the city streets with your smartphone to play. <br>The objective of the game is to have fun, learn some facts about the city, be a little wacky, and enjoy the company of whoever you are playing with. Wacky Walks will start out by designating who will be the first King or Queen (kind of like a Team Captain), but don't worry, that could soon change. You'll then go out on checkpoints throughout the city. <br>At each checkpoint, the players will need to answer a question about the checkpoint and the players, or “pawns” as we call them will perform a task for the King or Queen. <br>Wacky Walks is done completely on foot and usually takes about two hours to complete. But don't worry, you won't be alone. You'll have a remote/virtual guide that will be available in case you get stuck.

Operation City Quest Scavenger Hunt - Ottawa, ON

Operation City Quest Scavenger Hunt - Ottawa, ON
2 hours
USD 10.00
Operation City Quest is an open world scavenger hunt, in which you use your smartphone along with a remote guide to seek out 150+ items including monuments, statues, and unique points of interest.  Challenges and trivia from your guide makes Operation City Quest fun for the whole family. This downtown adventure game is played for two hours while walking about 2 miles.<br>

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Ottawa International Airport

Where is Ottawa Airport?  

Canada's capital city, Ottawa, is located on the Ontario side of the Ottawa River, opposite Gatineau, Quebec. 

Ottawa's Rideau Canal is North America's oldest continuously operated canal system, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In winter, it freezes over and forms the world's largest skating rink, and is actually used as a 7.8 kilometre (4.8 miles) transportation path downtown.

Ottawa International Airport (IATA: YOW, ICAO: CYOW), officially Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport or Macdonald-Cartier Airport, commonly referred to as simply Ottawa Airport, is located in Riverside South, just south of downtown Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The airport is named after Sirs John A. Macdonald and George-Étienne Cartier, the country's first Prime Minister and Father of Confederation respectively.

In 2011, Ottawa Airport served 4,624,626 passengers, making it Canada's 6th busiest airport. YOW Airport has United States border preclearance facilities. 

Ottawa Airport is part of Canada's busiest air corridor between Ottawa, Montreal Trudeau Airport (YUL), and Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ), commonly referred to as the Eastern Triangle. Ottawa Airport is also a gateway for flights to the eastern Arctic via Iqaluit Airport (YFB).

Other destinations served by YOW include Boston, Calgary, Cancún, Charlotte, Charlottetown, Chicago, Detroit, Edmonton, Fort Lauderdale, Frankfurt, Fredericton, Halifax, Las Vegas, London (ON), London (UK), Los Cabos, Montego Bay, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, Quebec City, Regina, Santa Clara, Saskatoon, St. John's, Vancouver, Varadero, Washington DC and Winnipeg, to name just a few.

Airlines that fly to Ottawa Airport include Air Canada, Air Transat, American Eagle, Bearskin Airlines, Canadian North, CanJet, Delta Connection, First Air, Porter Airlines, Sunwing Airlines, United Express, US Airways and WestJet.

In 2011, Ottawa Airport was named Best Airport in North America in the Airport Service Quality Awards by Airports Council International. YOW was also named 2nd Best Airport by Size in the 2 to 5 million passenger category.

Your best bet for an Ottawa Airport transfer is the bus. Details on all options are included in this guide.


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The Ottawa Airport is notorious for losing checked bags or for bags not accompanying your flight (personal experience from a few IHT Team members). It is recommended you bring a change of clothes with you on the plane just in case.

If you are transiting to the United States from another city in Canada via Ottawa be very careful of your checked luggage as it will not be automatically transferred to your US destination. This is despite contradictionary advice given by airline agents. You NEED to pick-up your luggage at the carousel belt in Ottawa and re-check your luggage otherwise your bag will remain in Ottawa. There is no real logic to why this process in in place other than lack of resources available at the Ottawa Airport to simply transfer your bags for you.

Additional Ottawa Airport information may be found by visiting their official website below.

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Last Updated: 28 Dec 2018