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Hotel and Travel Information

General Information
About Ottawa


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

Crowne Plaza Ottawa Hotel
101 Lyon Street
Ottawa, Ontario   K1R 5T9

Delta Ottawa Hotel and Suites
361 Queen Street
Ottawa, Ontario   K1R 7S9

Doral Inn
486 Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario   K1R 5B5

Minto Place Suite Hotel
185 Lyon Street North
Ottawa, Ontario   K1R 7Y4

Ottawa Marriott
100 Kent Street
Ottawa, Ontario   K1P 5R7

Radisson Hotel Ottawa Parliament Hill
402 Queen Street
Ottawa, Ontario  K1R 5A7

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This section contains information on air and surface transportation, including the City of Ottawa's 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
Ottawa Train Station
200 Tremblay Road, Ottawa
Telephone: 613-244-8289.

VIA Rail Canada Inc. is the official ground transportation carrier for the Forum and is offering delegates a special conference fare for the Forum. Delegates are asked to contact VIA Rail directly to make their reservations at www.viarail.ca or by calling 1-888-VIA RAIL (842-7245). Reservations may also be made through a travel agent.

The special fare is valid from Sepember 17-22, 2003 for delegates travelling in the VIA Rail Ontario/Quebec City Corridor to/from Ottawa, Ontario. VIA Rail is offering a 35% discount off the full adult economy class fare, with a minimum fare of $14.00 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 Michelle Thibodeau by e-mail at mthibodeau@igs.net. Your registration confirmation will be required to pick-up the tickets.

Central Station Bus Terminal
265 Catherine Street
Telephone: 613-238-5900

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

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

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

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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.

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.

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 degrees Celsius, with an average temperature of 14 degrees. As evenings and nights may be cool, we recommend that you bring a sweater, an overcoat or raincoat and an umbrella.

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

Internet Café
Delegates will have access to an Internet café during the Forum. The Internet café will be installed in room 158 of the main building of Library and Archives Canada, adjacent to the auditorium where the Forum will take place.

Simultaneous Translation
The receiver (headset) supplier will be located just outside the auditorium. There is no charge for the headsets, but it will be necessary to leave one item of photo identification to obtain one (a drivers' license is suggested). Your ID will be returned to you when you return the headset at the end of each day. While you can leave your photo health card, this is not recommended in case a health emergency requires the use of the card. If you have any questions or require clarification, please contact Cindy Hick by telephone at 613-726-7111 or by e-mail at hick@bellnet.ca.

About Ottawa

City of Ottawa

Discover Canada's Capital Region - National Capital Commission

Ottawa Kiosk - Information Guide to Ottawa