Conference Venue

Table of Contents

  1. How to get to the...
  2. Campus Maps and Restaurants
  3. Important Places in Ottawa
  4. The City
  5. The Weather

How to get to the...

Welcome Reception (Tuesday)

The welcome reception is only a short walk from the conference venue (about 1.8km), see also this map. Keep heading north from the university until you hit Rideau Street. Take a left on Rideau Street to go west. You will pass the Rideau Centre on your left and then the Chateau Laurier on your right. Immediately after the Chateau Laurier, you will see the locks of the Rideau Canal. There is a path on the left (west) side of the canal that takes you from Rideau Street along the canal and the locks to the Ottawa River. The cruise departs where the canal meets the river.

If you want to take the bus from the Campus Station at the University to the welcome reception, you can take almost all regular buses going to downtown Ottawa. The bus will take you half way. Ask the driver of the bus whether the bus stops at the Rideau Centre (MacKenzie King Bridge). Do not take an express bus as they are more expensive. Get off at MacKenzie King Bridge (only two stops from Campus Station) and walk through the Rideau Centre Mall to Rideau Street. When you exit the Rideau Centre Mall, head west along Rideau Street towards Chateau Laurier and the locks. Then follow the remaining walking instructions.

Bus fees (OCTranspo) and types of payments are explained here. Tickets for the buses are available from the registration desk.

Banquet (Thursday)

The most convenient way to get to the banquet at the Museum of History (see also this map) is to take the #8 OCTranspo bus from the Campus Station at the University. The #8 leaves every 15min (i.e., 17:25 / 17:40 / 17:55 / 18:10 / 18:25) and the last bus going directly to the museum is scheduled at 18:25. The bus stops in front of the museum and takes about 30min to get there.

On the way back, the #21 STO bus leaves right in front of the museum at 9:13 PM / 9:42 PM / 10:13 PM / 11:13 PM and takes about 6min to get to Rideau Street in Ottawa. The #31 STO bus leaves from nearby the museum at 9:37 PM / 10:37 PM / 11:37 PM / 12:31 AM (last bus) and takes about 8min to get to Rideau Street in Ottawa. To catch the #31, take a right turn when you exit the museum to walk east along Rue Laurier towards Alexandra bridge. The bus stop is right after the bridge. You will have to be on the north side of the street to catch the bus (the side of the street that's further away from the river). It should take you about 6min to walk from the museum to the bus stop.

Tickets for the buses are available from the registration desk. Make sure to use the corresponding ticket for the buses. The #8 is an OCTranspo bus, while the #21 and #31 are STO buses. Bus fees and types of payments are explained at STO and OCTranspo.

You may also walk to and from the Museum of History, taking Alexandra bridge to cross the Ottawa river. It is roughly a 2.9km walk.


There is frequent and efficient bus service (OCTranspo) from the airport to downtown Ottawa or from downtown to the airport. Take bus #97. It runs typically every 15min throughout the day, every 20min in the evening, and every 30min late in the evening or early in the morning. The airport shuttle service was cancelled in 2012. Taxis are also available.

Bus Services

Campus Maps and Restaurants

The main RE'15 events will be held at the shining Social Science building of the main campus.

Important Places in Ottawa

This map indicates the location of the conference and social events.

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The City

Ottawa is the capital of Canada. Placed at the confluence of three rivers, Ottawa offers attractive views, great outdoors, beautiful museums and many other exciting attractions. Ottawa borders Gatineau (Qu├ębec), and together they form the National Capital Region, with a multicultural population of approximately 1.2 million people. With more than 1900 technology companies now employing nearly 75,000 people, Ottawa's key industries include wireless, photonics, clean tech, life sciences, aerospace and defence, financial services, healthcare, government, and entertainment. The federal government is also employing over 110,000 individuals in the area. Ottawa possesses any important regional hospitals with a teaching and R&D vocation, including The Ottawa Hospital with its 12,000 employees.

Ottawa is also one of the most educated cities in one of the most educated countries in the world. The largest university in the area is the University of Ottawa, a bilingual public research university founded in 1848, which now enrolls well over 40,000 students.

The Weather