Venue

The location for PDF II will be the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Federation Hall, newly renovated on the campus of the University of Waterloo (https://uwaterloo.ca/food-services/fed-hall), has conference facilities and services for up to 200 people. The Main Hall of Federation Hall and smaller adjacent meeting rooms have been reserved for the week (26-30 October 2015) for PDF II and the meetings of the IASC/SAON ADC, SCAR SC-ADM, and other interested groups.

A map of the University campus is available at the following link: https://uwaterloo.ca/map/. Parking lots are shown on the map. Depending on the parking lot, the cost for parking is between $5 and $10 per day. 

Background on the University of Waterloo (from https://uwaterloo.ca)

Founded in 1957, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada’s technology hub, has become a leading comprehensive university with nearly 36,000 full- and part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Consistently ranked Canada’s most innovative university, Waterloo is home to advanced research and teaching in science and engineering, health, environment, arts and social sciences. From quantum computing and nanotechnology to clinical psychology and health sciences research, Waterloo brings ideas and brilliant minds together, inspiring innovations with real impact today and in the future. As home to the world's largest post-secondary co-operative education program, Waterloo embraces its connections to the world and encourages enterprising partnerships in learning, research, and commercialization.  


University of Waterloo, photo downloaded from TripAdvisor, provided by Comfort Inn Waterloo

City of Waterloo and Other Local Attractions

Updated 13 August:  Please see the Practical Information page for details on excursions which may be taken in the Waterloo region, including Toronto and Niagara Falls.

Waterloo 
(http://www.waterloo.ca/) is a medium-sized city in southern Ontario, with a population of 125,000. The home of smartphone maker Blackberry since 1984, Waterloo has a large high-tech sector which benefits from the computer science and engineering strength of the University of Waterloo. The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca), founded in 2000, attracts international scholars such as Stephen Hawking. The St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market (http://www.stjacobs.com/farmers-market), the largest year-round market in Canada, is also a popular attraction for locals and tourists. 

Panoramic photograph of Waterloo, Ontario, by Giligone (photo downloaded from Wikimedia Commons)

Near Waterloo is Niagara Falls (http://www.niagarafallstourism.com) which form the international border between Canada and the US state of New York. Niagara Falls, with the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world, is a popular tourist destination. Nearby is the beautiful town of Niagara on the Lake (https://www.niagaraonthelake.com), home to a very active theatre community, restored military sites, and many wineries featuring tours and wine tasting.

       Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Ontario, photo by DINO2411 (from Wikimedia Commons)                    Niagara Falls, photo by Ujjwal Kumar (from Wikipedia)

Toronto (http://www.toronto.ca), the capital of Ontario and Canada’s largest city, is a 90-minute train or bus ride from Waterloo. Toronto is home to dozens of fine museums, including the Royal Ontario Museum (http://www.rom.on.ca/en) and the Art Gallery of Ontario (http://www.ago.net); many theatres, music and symphony halls, and other performing arts venues; a variety of indoor and outdoor shopping centres; ice hockey, baseball, and other sports teams; and the beautiful waterfront of Lake Ontario which includes the CN Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere. 

Access/Transportation to Waterloo and the University of Waterloo

Toronto Pearson International Airport (also known as Lester B. Pearson International Airport) serves Toronto and its metropolitan area, including Waterloo. The airport is located 22.5 km northwest of downtown Toronto, in the adjacent city of Mississauga. Toronto is the largest and busiest airport in Canada, handling over 38 million passengers in 2014.

Airways Transit, http://www.airwaystransit.com, provides door-to-door van service between the Toronto Airport and Waterloo. Online reservations can be made in advance at https://secure.airwaystransit.com/reserve.php. The one-way fare is $92.00. Scheduled service is available three times daily to the University of Waterloo for a reduced fare ($56.00 one way, http://www.airwaystransit.com/airporter.shtml), and shared rides can be arranged for a lower per-person fare.

Accommodation: Block reservation deadline 21 September 2015

Accommodation is available near the University and in downtown Waterloo. A room block has been arranged at the Delta Waterloo (https://www.deltahotels.com/Hotels/Delta-Waterloo) for the reduced rate of $149/night.

You are encouraged to stay at the Delta as it is the most convenient hotel to the meeting location. In addition, the Delta is only a lovely 15 minute walk from the University through Waterloo Park, and is on the doorstep of Uptown Waterloo where participants will find a wide selection of independent shops and unique eateries, including one of the region's newest micro-breweries (Abe Erb, http://abeerb.com). Alternatively, other hotels in the vicinity include the Waterloo Inn, the Comfort Inn, and the Waterloo Hotel.