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Visitors traveling to Canada are advised to visit the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website to confirm what documentation is needed. In some cases, visitors will require a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), both of which can be processed online through the “Find out if you need a Visa” page.

During Spring 2020, the Local Arrangements Committee will provide letters of invitation to those conference attendees who require an invitation from a Canadian host.

For general information on Ottawa, visit the Ottawa Tourism website.

The nearest airport to the Westin Ottawa Hotel is the Ottawa International Airport (YOW), approximately 14 km (9 miles) from the hotel.

Travel to Ottawa by train.

Travel to Ottawa by bus.

Travel to Ottawa by car.

Travel from Ottawa International Airport to the Westin Ottawa Hotel

The Westin Ottawa Hotel does not provide shuttle service.

Taxis are available on Level 1 (Arrivals) of the airport at an estimated cost of $35 CAD (one way).


Various ground transportation options are available, including public transit.

Pre-Conference Symposium (October 21) Travel Information

Shuttle buses will be arranged for travel between the Westin Ottawa Hotel and the Canadian Museum of History for pre-conference symposium attendees. Registration will be required; further information is forthcoming.

Weather in Ottawa

Temperatures in Ottawa in October typically range from 4 to 13° C (39 to 56° F), with weather ranging from sun to rain, with the possibility of snow.

Government Weather Website

The Weather Network

Childcare at SEM 2020

Information is forthcoming.

Photograph: Canoeing on the Rideau Canal. Courtesy Ottawa Tourism.

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