By Air

The University of Ottawa is about a 20 minute drive from Ottawa International Airport (which is the closest airport); although the airport is international it is relatively small and although there are direct flights from the USA and some places in Europe (e.g. London Heathrow), transfers to smaller planes from Montreal's Trudeau Airport or Toronto's Pearson Airport are quite normal (which are about 1 hour away by plane).

There are three ways to get from the airport to the conference building and accomodation, in order of simplicity:

By Train

Trains from all over Canada come through Ottawa Train Station handled by Via Rail; trains run with a buffet car (which is open during normal hours) and have Wifi access (which is variable in quality) here are a few travel times for the higher speed trains from the local area:

By Car

Ottawa is about 1 hour 15 minutes from the US Border (using the 416), a 5 hour drive from Toronto (using the 401, then the 416), and 2 hour 30 minute drive from Montreal (using the 40 and then the 417). Even though the highways are only two lanes, outside of rush hour traffic in town the roads are usually light (speed limits are 100km/hour or 60mph)

Map

Map of Ottawa

Legend:

Conference Location
Ottawa International Airport
Ottawa Train Station