travel information


Please note that citizens of certain countries need a visa to enter Canada. Click here for a list of these countries. If you need a visa, we encourage you to register early. You may need the e-mail confirmation of acceptance to the conference for a visa application. For further assistance with visas, please send email to

Airways Transit

Airways Transit provides shared ride door to door service between Kitchener-Waterloo and the Toronto and Hamilton airports.


For Toronto airport transfers we have obtained a reduced conference rate of $38.00 per person, one way, tax included. Please identify yourself as a QIP 2004 delegate when making your reservation to receive this reduced fare. There is no conference rate available for Hamilton airport.

To book transfers to/from the Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario:

By phone: (519) 886-2121 (24 hours)

To book transfers to/from John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport

By phone only: (519)886-2121 (24 hours)

Prepayment by credit card is required at time of booking. No shows are charged at full fare and cancellations made less than 12 hours prior to flight arrival or less than 12 hours prior to pick-up time will be charged at full fare. Hamilton fares: 1 passenger: $63.00, 2 passengers: $87.00.

All fares are in Canadian dollars, cover one way, tax included and are subject to change for reservations booked after December 31, 2003.



arrange for Wright Limousine Tel:(519)894-5555 Fax: (519)894-6854

local information

Typical weather conditions for this time of year include temperature ranges between -3 and -12°C and snow accumulation of about 6 cm. Click here to visit Environment Canada's website for present and forecast weather conditions.

Shuttle Service to and from CIGI, the conference location, will be provided. Click here to see the schedule.

Taxis (at your own expense):

Waterloo Taxi - 886-1200
United Taxi - 742-4404
City Cabs - 742-4404

Grand River Transit (585-2370) operate buses throughout the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge on a fixed route schedule. There are direct buses from uptown Waterloo (King Street) to Waterloo Inn. Click here to see a bus schedule for route 7. To get between Waterloo Inn and the conference site, 7C is the appropriate route. The stops closest to Waterloo Inn are 1319 and 1325 (on King, just before Hwy 85); the stops closest to the conference site are 1300 and 1312 (the intersection of King and Erb). Fares are CAD$2 and are good for 60 minutes of travel (ask the bus driver for a transfer slip). You may pay the driver or purchase tickets at reduced fares at the Kitchener Bus Terminal, 15 Charles Street West, in Kitchener, or at the Customer Service Desk in Conestoga Mall.

Local Restaurants - click here to see an extensive list of our favourites close to the conference site.

Leisure Activities - click here to see a list of things to do in Waterloo during your spare time.

maps and driving directions

John C. Munro Hamilton International Ariport
Airport Road becomes Butter Road E.
Turn right onto Fiddler's Green Road
Turn left onto Garner Road W/Regioanl Route 53 W/Provincial Route 53 W. Continue to follow Provincial Route 53 W.
Turn right onto Trinity Rd/Regional Route 52/Provicial Route 52. Continue to follow Provicial Route 52.
Turn left onto Regional Route 8/Provincial Route 52/Provincial Route 8. Continue to follow Provincial Route 8.
Turn Right onto Franklin BLVD.
Take the highway 401 W ramp toward London.

From here, follow the directions below to your end destination.
Lester B. Pearson International Airport
Take the 427 S ramp toward 401 W
Take the 401 W exit.

From here, follow the directions below to your end destination.
CIGI (conference venue)
From Hwy 401 exit at Hwy 8 West to Kitchener
Take Hwy 7 east exit towards Hwy85/Waterloo
Merge onto Hwy 85 North to Waterloo
Take Bridgeport Exit East towards Waterloo City Centre
Continue to follow Bridgeport E until Erb st. West.
Turn Right onto Erb st. West.
The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is the first building on your Left.

Waterloo Inn
From Hwy 401 exit at Hwy 8 West to Kitchener
Take Hwy 7 east exit towards Hwy85/Waterloo
Merge onto Hwy 85 North to Waterloo
Exit at King street
Turn left on King street, go 1/2 km
Turn right onto the service road in front of the hotel.
Waterloo Inn to CIGI
From the King Street exit of the Inn's parking lot, turn right onto King Street. Follow King to Erb, turning right onto Erb St. The CIGI parking lot will be one block further along Erb St., and on the left hand side.
CIGI to Waterloo Inn
From the CIGI parking lot, turn right onto Erb St. Follow Erb St. to the fork, and choose the left-most path to the right. At King St., turn left. The Waterloo Inn will be on the left-hand side of King St.
Additional Maps:

Regional map (with major hwys)
Maps of the KW area