ABOUT OTTAWA & GETTING HERE
VITAL INFORMATION ABOUT ENTERING CANADA AND OBTAINING VISAS
Prior to traveling to Canada for the Global Adolescent Health Conference, please review Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s List of Countries Requiring a Visa for Entry to clarify your Visa requirements. The Conference Secretariat recommends that if required, you apply for a visa as soon as your attendance is confirmed, as visa requests can often take months to process.
Starting 15 March, 2016, citizens from countries other than the United States who do not need a visa to enter Canada will need to obtain an ELECTRONIC TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION (eTA) before flying to or transiting through Canada.
The eTA process is similar to that of the United States ESTA: travelers apply individually online here. Each individual must pay CAD $7 by Visa, Mastercard or American Express, and their eTA is valid for 5 years. Travel agents can apply for their clients, but they cannot charge a fee for this service. For more information about this new requirement, visit the eTA page for videos and fact sheets in multiple language.
As the nation’s capital, Ottawa is a historic city that is always worth a visit. The neo-gothic buildings on Parliament Hill are one of many architectural works that can be enjoyed within walking distance of the conference hotel. Several museums, pedestrian shopping streets, restaurants, cafes and busy nightlife are all within a few blocks. Flanked by the Ottawa and Rideau rivers, with walking trails and bicycle paths to enjoy, the city offers a perfect blend of nature and culture will inspire our hearts and minds.
May is a lovely time of year to enjoy the city, as residents burst into outdoor activity and exuberance after the long, cold winter. This energy will likely be heightened by a full schedule of cultural offerings and special events. Canada will be celebrating 150 years as a nation, and as the centre of these celebrations, Ottawa is the place to be.
Day trips offer a chance to experience forests, lakes, beautiful hikes and picturesque small towns. Those with more time can easily plan a multi-day excursion to Montreal and Quebec, Toronto and Niagara Falls, or create their own itinerary. This part of Canada is an enormous natural wonder that is not to be missed.
In 2017, we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation and Ottawa will be THE epicentre of national celebrations! Come join us! Please visit Ottawa tourism for more information. Welcome to Ottawa!