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Travel and Accommodation


Hotels

There are several hotels within walking distance of Library and Archives Canada. Delegates are asked to contact hotels directly to make their reservations.

Albert at Bay Suite Hotel
435 Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1R 7X4
www.albertatbay.com

Crowne Plaza Ottawa Hotel
101 Lyon Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1R 5T9
www.crowneottawa.ca

Delta Ottawa Hotel and Suites
361 Queen Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1R 7S9
www.deltahotels.com

Doral Inn
486 Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1R 5B5
www.doralinn.com

Minto Place Suite Hotel
185 Lyon Street North
Ottawa, Ontario K1R 7Y4
www.mintohotel.com

Ottawa Marriott
100 Kent Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5R7
www.ottawamarriott.com

Radisson Hotel Ottawa Parliament Hill
402 Queen Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1R 5A7
www.radisson.com/ottawaca

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Transportation

Information on air and surface transportation, including the City of Ottawa bus service. Delegates are asked to make their own travel arrangements.

- Transportation by Air

Air Canada - Call Air Canada's North American toll-free number, 1- 800-361-7585, or contact your travel agent.

The Airport Shuttle Bus service departs every 30 minutes from the Macdonald-Cartier International Airport to downtown Ottawa, from 5:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily. Call 613-998-4017 for the most up-to-date schedule and rates. Taxi service is also available from the airport and all downtown hotels. In addition, most major car rental companies have outlets at the airport.

- Transportation by Train

VIA Rail
Ottawa Train Station
200 Tremblay Road
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-244-8289

Note that VIA Rail Canada Inc. is the official ground transportation carrier for the Forum and is offering delegates a special conference fare.

The special fare is valid from September 24 to 30, 2005, for delegates traveling on VIA Rail across Canada to and from Ottawa, Ontario. VIA Rail is offering a 35% discount off the full adult economy class fare, with a minimum fare of $15.00 CDN and 5% off the full adult VIA-1 first class and/or sleeper class. Delegates are restricted to a maximum of two fares per person.

Delegates must make verbal reference to a special promotion number assigned to the Forum. To request this number, please contact Cindy Hick by telephone at 613-726-7111 or by e-mail at hick@bellnet.ca. Your registration confirmation will be required to pick up the tickets.

Delegates must make their reservations by contacting VIA Rail online at www.viarail.ca/en_index.html or by calling 1-888-VIA RAIL (842-7245). Reservations may also be made through a travel agent.

- Transportation by Bus

Central Station Bus Terminal
265 Catherine Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-238-5900
Website: www.greyhound.ca/en

The bus station is located on Catherine Street near the Kent Street exit from Highway 417 (Queensway), close to the downtown area.

- Transportation by City Bus

OC Transpo
1500 St. Laurent Boulevard
Ottawa, Ontario K1G 0Z8
Telephone: 613-741-4390
Website: www.octranspo.com/Main_MenuE.asp

OC Transpo is the name of Ottawa's public transportation system and city buses are available from both the Ottawa train and bus station as well as the airport.

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General Information for Travellers

Important Information on Passports and Visas
A valid passport is required for entry into Canada. Citizens of certain countries may require a visitor visa for entry into Canada. Before finalizing your plans, be sure to check the requirements that apply to you with your travel agent or the Canadian embassy or consulate.

Insurance
Neither the organizers nor Library and Archives Canada are able to take responsibility for injury or damage to persons or properties during the conference. Participants are therefore kindly requested to take out their own insurance.

Banks
Most banks are open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. They offer 24-hour cash machines (ATMs) that are available seven days a week.

Climate and Clothing
September is autumn in the National Capital Region and average temperatures range from 9 to 20 C, with an average temperature of 14 C. As evenings and nights may be cool, we recommend that you bring a sweater, an overcoat or raincoat and an umbrella.

Smoking
On August 1, 2001, the City of Ottawa passed a by-law banning smoking in all public places.

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About Ottawa

More information about the City of Ottawa and the National Capital Region can be found at the following sites:

City of Ottawa
http://ottawa.ca/index_en.html

Canada's Capital and its Region - National Capital Commission
www.capcan.ca/index_e.asp

Ottawa Kiosk - Information Guide to Ottawa
www.ottawakiosk.com