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2017 SCRA Biennial Conference: Transformative Community Psychology

Frequently Asked Questions

About the Biennial

Where will the conference be held?

The conference will be held at the University of Ottawa, right in the heart of Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. The following interactive map includes information on accessibility, parking, on-campus restaurants and food services, emergency phones, transportation etc. A printable map is also available.

Some construction projects may be underway on or around campus at the time of the conference, consult this map for more details about various projects and how they may impact campus accessibility.

How do I register for the conference? What are the registration rates?

Registration information can be found here.

Will there be Wi-Fi on site?

Yes. Free Wi-Fi will be on the conference site. Details will be available upon arrival and registration at the conference.

I require special assistance or have dietary restrictions, whom do I contact?

Any special dietary needs during your stay at the conference can be indicated on the registration form.

Is water for refillable bottles available at the conference site?

We encourage you to use your own refillable bottle to reduce your plastic waste. Water fountains which include water bottle refill taps are available all over campus.

About Ottawa 

Where is Ottawa?

Ottawa is in Eastern Ontario, on the border of Quebec. It is

  • It is about 200 kilometres from Montreal, or about a 2 hour drive.
  • It is about 450 kilometres from Toronto, or about a 5 hour drive.
  • It is about 540 kilometres from Niagara Falls, or about a 5 hour and 40 minute drive.
  • It is about 105 kilometres from the US border in Cornwall ON/Massina NY, or about a 1 hour and 15 minute drive.

What should I wear?

Average temperatures in Ottawa in late June are 25 C (77 F) during the day and 13C (55.4 F) at night.

What are the best ways to get around Ottawa?

Taxi services and Uber are both available in Ottawa. Below are some useful links for those who will be driving in Ottawa, as well as links to information about getting around using the city bus system:


Interactive Traffic Map
This link includes an interactive map that shows up-to-data traffic conditions, traffic incidents, construction, and city-owned parking.

Roadwork and Street Closures
This tool lists road closures for specified dates.
Note: Downtown Ottawa includes Wards 14 and 12


Parking in Ottawa
This link includes information on when to pay for parking, how to pay for parking, and parking regulations and restrictions.

Large Vehicle Parking in Ottawa
This link includes information on parking regulations for large vehicles (busses, etc.). Includes map of areas to park large vehicles, and how to purchase a 24-hour tour bus parking permit.

City Busses: OC Transport


Regular Fare

Senior (65+)

Day Pass

Cash (CAD)





2 tickets

2 tickets

Tickets cost $1.65 each, and can be purchased at several locations, including the Rideau Centre and City Hall.

Plan your trip using the OC Transpo Travel Planner tool.

What is there to do in Ottawa?

As Canada’s national capital, Ottawa has many galleries, museums, events, and attractions to visit while you are here for the conference.

Some highlights include:

Events celebrating Canada's 150th birthday

Tour of Parliament Hill

Museum of History

Museum of Nature

War Museum

Tour the Parliament Buildings

Visit Gatineau Park

Try white water rafting

Rent a canoe or kayak and travel down the Rideau Canal

National Gallery of Canada

Watch an Ottawa Redblacks Canadian Football League game

Additionally, an excellent way to tour the city is by the many bike routes, renting a bicycle is a cheap, fun, and healthy way to tour the city!

Below are some links to further explore what there is to do in the city:

Ottawa Tourism Website

Ottawa Tourism Maps

Ottawa Tourism - 2017 Events

Trip Advisor Ottawa

Discover Ottawa smartphone app can be downloaded on iPhones

Other apps that may be helpful in navigating the city available though the City of Ottawa website

Are there any other events going on in the city?

Ottawa always has many festivals and events happening in the city. July 1st 2017 (immediately after the conference!) is the 150th birthday of Canada, and there will be many activities ongoing at the time of the Biennial.

Consult the links below to find out more:

Ottawa 2017

Northern Lights: Sound and Light Show – sound and light show on Parliament Hill

More events to be added closer to the conference.

The metric system?

Canada (mostly) follows the metric system. There are a number of websites and apps to convert into the United States or Imperial system.

What is there to eat in Ottawa?

The campus of the University of Ottawa is located downtown, close to many restaurants.

Byward Market – the Byward Market is about 1.5 kilometers from campus. It has many restaurants to choose from. Some of them are even good.

Elgin Street – Elgin Street is across the Rideau Canal from the U of O campus, about 1 kilometer away. It also has many restaurants.

Here is a link to find more options for dining in Ottawa

The following are some local vegetarian and vegan restaurant suggestions:

Perfection Satisfaction Promise Vegetarian Restaurant & Coffee House
Offering vegetarian cafe eats such as burgers & salads along with organic coffee & tea.
167 Laurier Ave E, Ottawa
(613) 234-7299

Café Nostalgica
Casual haunt located on-campus offering creative cafe fare, including burritos & poutine, with lots of vegetarian and vegan options.
601 Cumberland St, Ottawa
(Note: open weekdays only)
(613) 562-5800 ext. 3000

Pure Kitchen
Vegetarian food and juice bar. Take-out meals are available, or you can eat in. Great place to go for dinner and enjoy the action on Elgin St.
340 Elgin St, Ottawa
613) 233-7873

The Green Door
Organic vegetarian meals & gluten-free desserts are served cafeteria-style in buzzy surroundings.
198 Main St, Ottawa
(613) 234-9597