Reaching campus by city bus (OC Transpo)
Bus fare is $3.25. For more information on Ottawa's bus service, visit the OC Transpo website.
Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier Airport to University of Ottawa
The Airport bus station is located outside of the main entrance of the airport (on your right across the first lane of traffic). Take route 97 and disembark at Laurier Station. approx. 25 minute trip.
VIA-Rail Train Station to University of Ottawa
The Train bus station is located directly outside the main entrance of the VIA-Rail station. From the Westbound / Downtown side, take route 94, 95, or 96, and disembark at Laurier Station. approx. 10 minute trip.
Novotel by bus
To get to the Novotel instead of the University of Ottawa, disembark from the #97 bus at the Rideau Centre/McKenzie King Bridge bus stop (one stop past Laurier Station). On leaving the bus, turn right and walk toward Waller Street.
Option 1: Faster
Just past the Rideau Centre you will see a set of stairs on your left. Go down the stairs then turn right. Walk one block and a half down Nicholas Street. You will see Novotel on your right
Option 2: Easier if you have luggage
When you arrive at the first intersection, turn left onto Waller Street. Walk down Waller for one block. Then turn left onto Daly Avenue, then right onto Nicholas Street. You will see the entrance to Novotel on your right.
Greyhound Bus Terminal to University of Ottawa
From the Terminal, cross Kent St, and then walk one block south (against traffic) on Kent. Go under the bridge, then cross Chamberlain St. To your right on Chamberlain will be a bus stop; take route 101 or 102. Disembark at Lees Station, cross to the Westbound / Downtown side of Lees Station, and take route 94, 95, 96, 97, or 98. Disembark at Laurier Station. approx. 8 minutes to Lees Station; approx. 2 minutes to Laurier.
Or, from the Terminal, walk one block east (against traffic) on Catherine St and cross Bank St. Walk one block north (left) on Bank St to the bus stop; take route 1 or 7. Disembark at the Bank / Slater stop, and walk east (with traffic) on Slater to Bank Station. Take route 94, 95, 96, 97, or 98, and disembark at Laurier Station. approx. 10 minutes to Bank Station; approx. 5 minutes to Laurier.
Reaching the conference sites
Novotel to Arts Building and Simard
Leaving Novotel, turn left on Nicholas Street. Take your first left, Daly Avenue. Then turn right on Waller Street. At the first major intersection, turn left at the traffic light. Continue until you arrive at the next intersection, Laurier Avenue. You are now facing the Arts building and ready to select one of the following options, depending on where you would like to go. Cross the street and turn left to find the building entrance to The Arts Building.
Cross the street and continue straight to find the entrance to Simard Hall.
Turn right and cross the street, staying on Laurier Avenue, to enter The Desmarais Building.
509 Arts Building (Friday morning)
Take the elevator to the fifth floor. Exit from the elevator to the left. Then turn right down the main hallway. You will find 509 at the end of this hallway.
425/428 Simard (Friday Afternoon, and Saturday and Sunday)
Enter Simard from the entrance facing Waller Street. Take the stairs up to the first floor. The elevator is on your left. Upon exiting the elevator on the fourth floor turn left, then left again down the main hallway where you will find 425 and 428.
From the Arts Building, going east or west on Laurier will lead you to a few restaurants, coffee shops, and pubs, including some good options for lunch.
The largest concentration of restaurants and bars near the university is Byward Market, three blocks north of the Novotel, including good options for dinner (or lunch if you are quick). Once you get to the market area, look for one of the cylindrical illuminated shopping mall-style directories on the sidewalk.
Located across the street from Novotel, this is where you can find a drug store (Shoppers Drug Mart on the first level), ATMs, the LCBO (liquor store) and several restaurants. An interactive Floor Plan is available on their website to help you locate stores and services:
Rideau Centre Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sat 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sun 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Directions from Novotel:
Turn right out of Novotel. At the first intersection turn left at the traffic lights. Continue straight to reach the side entrance of the Rideau Centre.
Directions from The Arts Building:
Turn left out of The Arts Building. At the first intersection turn right at the traffic lights. Continuing along this road will take you directly in front of the Rideau Centre where you will find the main entrance to the shopping centre.
A number of attractions are available within walking distance of the university. Click on the links below to learn more about a specific attraction.
Visiting the buildings and grounds of Parliament Hill is rewarding. As a site of architectural beauty, historical significance and federal decision-making, the Hill belongs not only to those who work here, but to all Canadians. Guided tours of the buildings and the Peace Tower are available.
The stunning National Gallery of Canada presents the country's national art collection and outstanding international exhibitions throughout the year.
The incomparable CMC celebrates Canadian and world cultures, housing the world's largest indoor collection of totem poles in its beautiful Grand Hall.
Looking for Dinosaurs? Built inside a stunning stone castle, the Museum of Nature houses a mind-blowing collection of natural wonders.
The Canadian War Museum pays tribute to the country's military past, and takes a moving look at the people and the equipment that fueled it.
For the complete story on the history and construction of the Rideau Canada, head to Bytown Museum, nestled by the Canal locks downtown.
Fancy holding a solid gold bar in your hands in front of a $1M stack of bouillon? The Royal Canadian Mint is your ticket to the big money.