Travel

Flying direct to Kingston

By far the simplest way to get to Kingston is to fly there directly. There are six Air Canada direct flights to Kingston (YGK) from Toronto (YYZ) every day that can be booked as part of an itinerary from Europe, the US or Asia flying through Toronto. Although the Lufthansa and United booking websites do not appear to know about Kingston (YGK), Expedia does, or you can use the Air Canada website directly to book flights from your home airport to Kingston. Flights to Kingston fill quickly, so book early if you are planning on using this alternative. Taxi service is available from the airport (~$25, metered rate).
There are other less convenient ways to get to Kingston from other airports if you are willing to drive or take the train for a couple of hours.


Travelling via Toronto

Flying
The airport in Toronto is Lester Pearson International Airport (code: YYZ). In addition to flights from Toronto to Kingston (code: YGK), there is bus service (Toronto Airport Express) direct from the airport to Kingston (~$60). Schedule and tickets are available online. When you arrive at the bus station in Kingston, take a taxi to the Radisson Hotel (~$15 note: metered rate).
You can also take a shuttle bus (Downtown Express) from the airport to the train station (~$24). The shuttle bus stops at hotels in the downtown Toronto area. Exit the bus at the Royal York Hotel, and cross the street (South) to Union Station. There you take a train to Kingston (see next section). The shuttle runs every 30 minutes. Schedule and tickets are available online.
Map of Shuttle Bus Stop, Royal York Hotel and Union Station


Train
VIA Rail operates out of Union Station in downtown Toronto. The train from Toronto to Kingston varies from 3 to 5 hours depending on the number of stops. Schedules and tickets are available online. There are two types of trains. One has limited carry on luggage and requires checked baggage, while the other has only carry on luggage (you have to store the larger luggage on racks at the back of each car). First class includes a meal, while economy class does not. Most of the trains have free WiFi between Toronto and Kingston. There are substantial fair discounts for booking your tickets in advance. Upon arrival in Kingston, take a taxi to the Radisson Hotel (~ $20, metered rate).


Driving Directions (from Toronto Airport, approximately 3.5 hrs)
Take ON-409 East
Merge onto ON-401 East
Continue on ON-401 East (258 km)
Turn Right exit 615 (Sir Joh A Macdonald Boulevard) heading south
Turn left on Princess St. (at the Shopping Center)
Turn right on Ontario Street (Just before the Holiday Inn)
Turn Left at Johnson St. (4 blocks)
End at Radisson Hotel (which will be on your left)

Map with directions


Travelling via Montreal

Flying/ Train Directions
There are no direct flights from Montreal to Kingston. There is, however, an airport shuttle that will take you to the Dorval train station. There are direct trains to Kingston from Dorval.
The airport in Montreal is Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport (code: YUL). After arrival, go to the AirConnect stop at the terminal exit. The shuttle runs every 20 minutes, and will take you to the Dorval station (no charge). More information and the schedule is available online. From the Dorval station you take a train to Kingston (~$90 one way). You can find train schedules and fares here. From the train station, take a taxi to the Radisson Hotel (~$20, metered rate).


Driving Directions (from YUL Airport approx 3.5 hrs of travel time)
Take Avenue Cardinal W
Turn Right on Avenue Donegani
Take ramp onto Autoroute 20 W
Follow signs to QC-401/Toronto/
At Quebec/Ontario Border, roach changes to ON-401 W
Take the Highway-15 exit toward Kingston/Smiths Falls (Exit number 623)
Turn Left onto Provincial Route 15 S
Turn Right onto Provincial Route 2
Continue on Ontario St.
Turn Left on Johnson St.
End at The Radisson Hotel (will be on your left)

Map with directions

Travelling via Ottawa

Ottawa International Airport (YOW) is also a viable route of travel. However, the train station is a significant distance from the airport (30 minutes by taxi ~$40). You may be better to rent a car for the trip to Kingston.


Driving Directions (from Ottawa Airport approx 2.5 hrs)
Take the Airport Parkway North
Take the Hunt Club Road Exit (2.4 km)
Turn left (West) on Hunt Club Road
Follow Hunt Club/West Hunt Club to ON-416 South (10 km)
Turn Right onto ON-416 South (around the cloverleaf)
Merge onto ON-401 West (72 km)
Continue on ON-401 (100 km)
Take the Highway-15 exit toward Kingston/Smiths Falls (Exit number 623)
Turn Left onto Provincial Route 15 S
Turn Right onto Provincial Route 2
Continue on Ontario St.
Turn Left on Johnson St.
End at The Radisson Hotel (will be on your left)

Map with directions


Travelling via Syracuse, NY

For US travelers, it may be better to fly into Syracuse, NY and rent a car. Travel time is about 2.5 hrs plus the time spent at the boarder. When returning to Syracuse from Kingston, allow time for US Customs and Immigration so that you do not miss your return flight. Up to date delay information is available here from US Customs. This route also requires you to cross a toll bridge at the Canadian/US Border


Driving Directions (from Syracuse approximately 3 hours)
Take Col Eileen Collins Blvd West
Merge onto I-81 North (2km)
Continue I-81 North (150 km/93 miles)
Transit Canadian Customs
Travel North on ON-137
Cross the Thousands Islands Bridge (toll $2.50 each way)
Continue North on ON-137 (4 km/2.5 miles)
Take ON-401 West towards Kingston/ Toronto
Continue on ON-401 West (38km/24 miles)
Take the Highway-15 exit toward Kingston/Smiths Falls (Exit number 623)
Turn Left onto Provincial Route 15 S
Turn Right onto Provincial Route 2
Continue on Ontario St.
Turn Left on Johnson St.
End at The Radisson Hotel (will be on your left)

Map with directions


Getting Canadian Visa

Some authors and participants may need visa to come to Canada for WCRE. You can check for information about your country on the Canada Customs and Immigration website. The website also includes a list of offices, information on where to send the applicaiion, processing times, and a video tutorial.

For those that are exempt from visas (including US Citizens) there is information on the Customs and Immigration website that you should check. US citizens should also check the Department of Homeland Security website for documents needed to re-enter the U.S.

In many cases you will need a letter from us to apply for your visa. We will need the following information:
For authors of accepted papers, please
- Full name as it appears on the passport (e.g., James Reginald Cordy)
- Nationality and passport number (e.g., Canada, JQ724432)
- Professional affiliation in home country (e.g., Queen's University)
- Mailing Address

Canadian visas can take some time, so please send us this information as soon as possible. For authors of accepted papers we will send the letter based on your papers acceptance. For other attendees, we must wait until you have registered (available soon), once you have registered we will send you the letter.

For security/privacy purposes, this information must come from the author or registrant, or we require permission from the author/registrant to release the letter to a third party.

WCRE 2012 – 19th Working Conference on Reverse Engineering