Logistics information for OWGV Meeting #5, Ottawa, Canada

Date  21 May 2007 
Contributed by  Stephen Michell (Canada)
Original file name  logistics-ottawa-2007-07-18.html

OWG Vulnerabilities Meeting Logistics

18-20 July 2007
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Hosted by Standards Council of Canada


Please register for the meeting by sending mail to This allows us to plan for catering.


Standards Council of Canada
2nd Floor, 270 Albert St.
Ottawa, Ontario


Recommended hotels are based on closeness to Standards Council of Canada. There are many hotels in downtown Ottawa and around Ottawa at a range of prices. See


for a fairly complete list, with maps. In fact, even if you are booking one of the 2 closest hotels, you may want to begin at one of the 2 sites mentioned above for competitive rates.

The Crowne Plaza

101 rue Lyon Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1R 5T9
Tel: (613) 237-3600
Fax: (613) 237-2351
Toll-free: 1-800-2CROWNE
Located at 101 Lyon, the Crowne Plaza is 2 minutes walk from Standards Council of Canada.

To SCC from Crowne Plaza hotel:
When exiting the front door of the hotel, walk 0.1 block south to Alberts St. Cross Albert so that you are on the south side, turn left and walk East approximately 1 block to 270 Albert.

Ottawa Mariott

100 Kent Street,
Ottawa ON K1P 5R7
Tel: (613) 238-1122
Fax: (613) 783-4229
Toll-Free: 800-853-8463
Web Site:

To SCC from Mariott hotel:
When exiting the front door of the hotel, turn left and walk 1 block south to the corner of Kent and Albert. Cross Albert so that you are on the south side, turn left and walk east approximately 50 ft to 270 Albert.

In addition you can select from,

Chateau Laurier – old train hotel – about 10 blocks away
Lord Elgin – about 4 blocks
Westin – across canal, about 6 blocks walk
Sheraton – about 3 blocks
Delta – about 3 blocks
Radisson – across from parliament hill, about 5 blocks walk
Business Inn – much cheaper, but about 10 blocks walk

All of the above listed hotels can be found on the 2 websites given above.

From Ottawa Airport

You can take taxi, hotel shuttle or OCTranspo (bus). Taxi will cost about $25. The airport hotel shuttle costs $14. Both drop you right at the hotel. OC Transpo costs $3.00. The 97 bus takes a dedicated road (transitway) and stops within a block of either recommended hotel. The westbound bus travels along Albert St.

If you drive or rent a car, parking in downtown Ottawa is expensive, and many streets are 1-way.

Getting to Ottawa

Ottawa International Airport has direct international connections to

London Heathrow (Air Canada)
Washington DC
Atlanta, Ga.
Detroit, Mi.

Air Canada covers all those routes. United or Delta cover most of the US routes.

Other connections go through Toronto or Montreal, with direct flights across North America, Europe and Asia.

Eating Out

Plenty of choice,with many good restaurants at a variety of prices. There is a small cafeteria in the basement, and a small Indian restaurant next door (for lunch) and there are food courts at 240 Sparks (1 block N at Queen St.), the World Exchange Plaza (corner Albert and O'Connor) and the Rideau Centre (about 5 blocks walk – over 100 stores). There are many in “the market” but that is at least 10 blocks walk. Nearby there is

Japanese Gardens
Cathay Gardens
Friday's Roast Beef House
The Mill (near river in old mill)
Nates Deli or the Place Next Door (cab needed)

Sightseeing, etc.

July is prime tourist time in Ottawa. There is a Blues Festival that ends July 18th and a Chamber Orchestra Festival commencing July 21. There are river and canal cruises, museums, tours of Parliament, and the daily ritual changing of the guards on Parliament Hill. Canada's parliament buildings and supreme court are within 4 blocks walk. There is also an art gallery, a museum of civilization, a war museum and a mint museum within easy walk or cab ride.

For the more adventureous, there are hiking, camping, bicycling, nearby.


July is our hottest month, with an average daily high of 27C and an average daily low of 15C. Since it is a continental climate, actual temperatures can vary by 7C or more. 34C with 90% humidity or 20C with 50% humidity are possible, as is rain or sunshine. Dress for a hot climate but bring an extra layer and umbrella.

Enjoy your visit!