Visitors to Canada need to be aware of a new US law effective June 1, 2009 that requires US citizens to have a passport in order to re-enter the United States. See the entry documentation requirements for U.S. residents at http://help.cbp.gov/cgi-bin/customs.cfg/php/enduser/
Visitors from countries other than the U.S. must have a valid passport, and a visa may be required. For additional information regarding visas, please visit http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/noncan-eng.html and http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp.
You should allow a minimum of 30 days for visa delivery.
Visitors are NOT covered by the Canadian Health Insurance Plan. It is therefore recommended that participants arrange their own health and accident coverage. This can be done before leaving home through a local travel agent or medical association.
The Conference fees DO NOT include provisions for the insurance of participants against personal injuries, sickness, theft or property damage. This also applies to any event held during the Conference period. Participants and accompanying persons are advised to arrange for insurance they consider necessary. Neither the Conference Organizing Committee, nor its sponsors or committee members assume any responsibility for loss, injury or damage to persons or belongings, whatever the cause may be
Foreign Exchange and Banking
Travelers' cheques can be cashed at numerous banks and stores (with purchases). There are numerous ATM Bank Machines in downtown Ottawa. Banks are generally closed on Sundays in Canada. There is a foreign exchange booth at the Ottawa airport and in the Rideau Shopping Centre, which is close the Conference site.
Weather and Clothing
During the month of June the weather in Ottawa is quite pleasant. During this period, the average high is 26°C (79°F) and the average low is 15°C (59°F). Please be sure to bring along a sweater or a light jacket as the nights can be cool. An umbrella is also recommended.
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The electrical voltage in Canada is 110 V, 60 cycle ac. Adapters can be found at most electrical stores nearby.
There are a few parking spaces for visitors during the day. Maximum time allowed is four (4) hours. In the evening, parking is allowed free of charge on the west and east sides of the building.
Wireless Internet Access
For complimentary access to the Internet all you need is a computer with a wireless network adaptor and a cellular phone.
Connect in four simple steps:
- Turn on your computer and connect to a wireless network that contains the words “AirRoamer-LAC-BAC”.
- Start your Internet browser such as Internet Explorer, Netscape or Firefox.
- You will need a password to use the Library and Archives Canada courtesy Internet service.
Obtaining a password:
- Enter your 10-digit cellular phone number in the appropriate box, e.g. 6135551234.
- Your password will be sent to your cellular telephone in a text message. This normally takes less than 30 seconds. This password is valid for one month.
- If you do not have a cellular telephone, you can obtain a temporary telephone number and password from the staff in the reference and consultation rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors. This password is valid for 5 days.
- Enter your password in the appropriate box and click on “Go”.
You will be allowed 3 hours of connection to Internet at a time with a maximum transfer of 50 Megabytes. When one of these limits has been reached or after 10 minutes of inactivity, you will be asked to sign-in again.