Often overlooked, this airport is one of the best to sleep in among it’s North American counterparts. This airport has a large set of large sofas and love chairs before the security checkpoints and is close to the Ottawa Du-Lac Leamy Casino, just a short walk or cab ride away. The sofas inside the airport are isolated but not so much as to be cumbersome to get to and from a restroom if you need it. The love chairs can easily fit an average size person long with a carry on and if you get there anytime after 9pm you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a spot.
The airport has a number of guest services as well except free wi-fi. The food services are open until the late evening hours but you’ll have a hard time finding anything open past 10pm so make sure to get your snacks before laying your head down to rest. Ottawa Macdonal-Cartier International Airport also has many restrooms throughout the airport and it’s hard to walk a few meters without running into one.
One of the downsides to sleeping in this airport however is what seems to be never ending construction within the terminal. That makes it hard to find a quiet spot near your gate because work will almost certainly be getting done during the late hours. The couches, sofas, and love chairs before the security checkpoints, while very comfortable, are close to the entrances so there will be a lot of foot traffic nearby. Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport is not the ideal airport to sleep in if you’re a light napper. The announcements throughout the airport are also very loud – which can be good if you want to wake up and catch your flight but also quite annoying if you want some good quality uninterrupted sleep.
Ottawa itself is a very cold place and the winter months can be brutal. The entrances let in a nasty draft and if you catch cold easily or need to stay warm to relax and sleep it’s not a good airport to be stuck in. Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport services many of the midwest cities in the United States and delays during the summer due to thunderstorms in the region are common. In the winter expect delays due to snow, ice, and loads of connecting flights getting tied up in various cities causing a chain-effect of cancellations.
In other words, your chances of getting stuck in Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport are pretty good at most times of the year so bring a sweater and prepare to spend the night or go gambling at the Ottawa Du-Lac Leamy Casino nearby.