Travel / Lodging

Courtyard Marriott:

We have negotiated a special rate of $159 CAD per night between September 14 and September 16 with The Courtyard Marriott at 350 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, Ontario in the Byward Market.

You can click here to access this special rate or you may call 613-241-1000 and ask for the special Ottawa Date Squares rate.

This hotel is a very short walk to the Arts Court Theatre where all of the dancing will be taking place and it is right in the middle of one of the most trendy and active parts of the city.

Note: For those wishing to arrive early or stay extra days, the hotel has told us that they may be willing to extend this special rate but you must call to confirm when making your booking as rooms may be limited.

The Gilmour Inn:

Just a short drive away from our dance venue, The Gilmour Inn is a gay owned bed and breakfast and they would love to be your accommodation host for your stay in Ottawa. Visit their website for full details.

Other accommodations will be announced soon.

OFFICIAL_VIA_Rail_Logo_color_bi_l2Taking the Train?

Via Rail is offering 10% off travel to/from Ottawa during our fly-in.

VALID: September 9th  2018  to  September 18th  2018
TERRITORY: From all stations throughout the VIA system to Ottawa, Ontario and return.
RESTRICTIONS: Fare applies to a maximum of two passengers per booking.

One complimentary stopover is allowed at no additional charge.

For travel on all fare plans in Business class, the first stopover is allowed at no additional charge, provided that this stopover takes place in Toronto, Montréal or Ottawa only.

DISCOUNT: 10% off the best available fare in Economy, Economy Plus, Business, Business Plus, Sleeper class. “Subject to the conditions and restrictions of the fare plan to which the additional discount is being applied.”
EXCEPTION: Discount does not apply in any Escape fares and Prestige Class.
IDENTIFICATION: Participants must reference the event’s VIA convention discount code: 13742.

Public Transit

Ottawa’s public transit system is called OC Transpo and there is a bus (the 97) that runs from the airport to downtown. It leaves every 15 minutes and takes about 30 minutes to get there.
The stop nearest to the hotel is Laurier 2A from which it is a 7 minute (or about 4 blocks) walk.
A one-way ride on OC Transpo will cost $3.50 and you should have exact change because drivers can’t make change and they don’t accept credit cards.
Note: Presto Pass holders (ex: from Toronto) can use their pass on our buses.
Here is a Google Map link to the trip from the airport to the host hotel (Courtyard Marriott).