Travel and Transportation

All information below is for the national conference in Ottawa. Travel and transportation details for satellite events can be found on the associated university websites.

There are a number of options for travelling to Ottawa and making your way around the city.

Conference delegates are responsible for their own transportation.

Delegates travelling to the national conference or to a satellite event from outside of Canada will require government-issued identification and proof of citizenship when entering and leaving the country.

TRAVELLING BY PLANE TO OTTAWA

If you are travelling to Ottawa by plane, three major airlines will bring you to the Ottawa International Airport (YOW).

When booking your flight, be sure to mention the discount code to access the special rates available exclusively for the delegates of the Families in Canada Conference 2019.

Delegates travelling with WestJet can save 5% off Econo and 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel within Canada, and 2% off Econo, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium base fares for guests travelling on a transborder flight into and out of Ottawa. The coupon code is L10UD6T and the promo code (for use by the travel agent only) is WHH46.

The code for Air Canada is 7VCZAKP1 (certain conditions apply), which will save passengers 10% on eligible fares. Discount codes for other airlines will be posted as they become available.

Delegates arriving by plane can then travel to the conference via public transportation or taxi.

Public transportation in Ottawa costs $3.50 per ride.

Average taxi fare from the airport to the Infinity Convention Centre is approximately $10.

TRAVELLING BY TRAIN TO OTTAWA

If you are travelling to Ottawa by train, VIA Rail Canada will bring you to the Ottawa Station.

Enter the discount code 13877 to receive a discount on your fare (exclusive to delegates of the Families in Canada Conference 2019).

Delegates arriving by train can then travel to the conference via public transportation (bus) or taxi, or can rent a car at the Discount Car Rental kiosk at the VIA Rail Ottawa Station (see below for more information).

Public transportation in Ottawa costs $3.50 per ride.

Average taxi fare from the train station to the Infinity Convention Centre is approximately $24.

TRAVELLING BY BUS TO OTTAWA

If you are travelling to Ottawa by bus, Greyhound will bring you to the Ottawa Central Terminal at 265 Catherine Street. There are a number of buses from Toronto, Kingston and Montreal travelling to Ottawa every day, as well as from various cities across Canada and the United States.

For more information about travelling to Ottawa by bus, visit Ottawa Central Station or Greyhound Canada.

Delegates arriving by bus can then travel to the conference via public transportation (bus) or taxi.

Public transportation in Ottawa costs $3.50 per ride.

Average taxi fare from the Ottawa Central Terminal to the Infinity Convention Centre is approximately $20.

TRANSPORTATION WITHIN OTTAWA

From the airport, train station and bus station, you can take a taxi or public transportation, or rent a car, to travel to the Infinity Convention Centre.

If you are staying at a hotel near the conference venue (see Accommodations), be sure to look for a complimentary airport shuttle to the hotel.

Taxi:

Upon leaving the airport, train station or bus station, you will be greeted by readily available taxis to take you to the conference. Accessible vehicles are also available upon request.

Public Transportation (OC Transpo):

Ottawa’s public transportation system allows you to travel throughout the city and stops close to the Infinity Convention Centre (at the Hunt Club/Uplands bus stop).

To plan your trip via public transportation, use Google Maps or the OC Transpo Travel Planner. You can also find information about bus fares, bus routes and live transit updates on the OC Transpo website.

OC Transpo also offers door-to-door service for individuals with disabilities through Para Transpo. You can find more information about this service on their website.

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A limited number of travel subsidies to the national conference and the satellite events will be available. More information on FAM2019 travel subsidies, including application deadline, will be available soon.