Photo of Peace Tower Parliament Hill courtesy of the Univ. of Ottawa

Conference Chairs:

Kevin Harrigan
University of Waterloo

Michael Clarke
University of Ottawa

2006 Conference Committee


Past Conferences:

2005 2004 2003 2002 2001

Travel and Accommodations Information

Hotel Accommodations
The spacious, beautifully appointed guest rooms of the Westin Ottawa boast floor-to-ceiling windows offering unparalleled views of the Rideau Canal, Parliament Hill, and historic Byward Market. Connected to both Rideau Centre and Ottawa Congress Centre, the hotel is second to none in Canada’s capital city.

The Westin Ottawa
11 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON  K1N 9H4 Canada
Hotel Direct Phone: +1-613-560-7000
Check-in: 3:00 p.m.  Check-out: 1:00 p.m.

Hotel Rates
MERLOT has negotiated a special rate of CAN$170 (approximately US$145) per night for a single occupancy room. Additional persons are $20 each. This rate is subject to provincial and local taxes, currently 7% GST, 5% room tax and 3% destination fee. To confirm your reservation, you must provide a major credit card at the time of booking. Reservations must be cancelled 24 hours prior to scheduled arrival or the deposit equal to one night’s stay will be forfeited. To avoid an early departure fee of 50% of the reserved room rate, you must inform the hotel at or before check-in that you will be departing early.

Group rates will be offered two days before and two days after the dates of the conference, based upon availability at the time of reservation. The MERLOT International Conference room block will be held until Friday, June 30, 2006. After this date, the rooms will be released and reservations will be taken based on availability of group rate.

To receive the discounted rate, you may call central Westin Reservations at 1-800-WESTIN-1 (within the US and Canada) or +1-613-560-7000 (outside the US and Canada) or make your reservations online. To get the reduced rate, request the MERLOT group rate when making your reservations.

To make your reservations online, click here.

Please note: As of July 13, the Westin is sold out of the rooms at the $170 rate. Rooms are still available at $210 and higher rates.

Nearby Hotel Accommodations

Below is a list of other hotels, listed closest to furthest, within 1/3 mile of the Ottawa Congress Centre.

Novotel Hotel Ottawa - 33 Nicholas Street - 613.230.3033

Capital Hill Hotel and Suites - 88 Albert Street - 613.235.1413

Les Suites Hotel Ottawa - 130 Besserer Street - 613.232.2000

Marriott Residence Inn - 161 Avenue Laurier O, 613.231.2020

Internet Access
Every guest room features high-speed Internet access for CAN$12.95 per day. This access also allows you unlimited wireless access in the foyer spaces of the first through fourth floors (meeting rooms excluded) of the hotel. For an additional $6.05 per day ($19.00 total) you can have unlimited local and long distance calls within Canada and the United States. Wireless internet access will be available in several areas of the Ottawa Congress Centre during the operating hours of the Centre.  An 802.11b wireless card is necessary to connect to the wireless network in both the hotel and the Congress Centre.

Travel to Ottawa
The Ottawa International Airport is serviced by thirteen airlines, seven major carriers and five regional carriers: Air Canada, American, ASA-Delta, Bearskin, Canadian North, CanJet, Continental, First Air, Northwest, United Express, US Airways, WestJet and Zoom Airlines.

The Westin Ottawa and nearby Ottawa Congress Centre are located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. Shuttle service is available to and from the airport by YOW Airporter. The rate is CAN$14 one-way and $22 round trip when purchased upon your arrival at the airport.  Shuttles run approximately every 30 minutes from 5:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Sunday through Friday. Saturday service is available on an on-call basis from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. If you’ll be arriving on Saturday, please call 613-260-2359 prior to your arrival at the Ottawa airport to arrange pick-up. For more information, visit

Taxis cost approximately $25 each way. Rental cars are also available at Ottawa International Airport.

Passport Information
Travel to and from Canada - PASSPORT ADVISED
While regulations currently state that U.S. citizens are not absolutely required to have a passport for travel to Canada and return to the U.S., you are strongly advised by customs officials to have a passport for this travel. Security measures have changed in recent years, and a passport is the most reliable document for entry and re-entry.

For U.S. citizens, complete information about obtaining a passport can be obtained at U.S. post offices and from the following web site:

For more information, see the following web sites:

Entering Canada (For U.S. Citizens)
Re-entering the U.S. (For U.S. Visitors to Canada)

Persons entering Canada from countries other than the U.S. should also be aware of the appropriate regulations relating to their travel and customs regulations.

Canadian dollars are used in Canada. However, U.S. dollars are widely accepted. For an easy conversion table see

Special Needs
We are committed to making conference activities accessible and enjoyable for all. If you have any type of special need, such as a physical disability or dietary requirements, please indicate your need in the ADA Requirements area on the registration form. All meals at the conference will include vegetarian selections.

Area Attractions
The hotel and Congress Centre are located in the heart of downtown Ottawa and are within walking distance of:

For more information about Ottawa, you can visit the following sites:




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