Carleton Physics -- Visitor information
We often book visitors a room in the
Gasthaus Switzerland Inn,
at 89 Daly Avenue, 1-888-663-0000 or 613-237-0335. They provide free
wireless internet and breakfast, and are located near ByTowne (touristy
area with lots of restaurants). They also offer a special rate for
Getting to the Gasthaus...
...from the train station
If you're coming to Ottawa from Toronto or Montreal, you may enjoy taking
the train. See the VIA Rail website
for schedules and bookings.
To get from the train station to the Gasthaus Switzerland, you could take
a taxi (about $7; try for example Blue Line Taxi, 613-238-1111)
or the #95 bus towards Baseline/Fallowfield, and get
off at Laurier or Mackenzie-King. The #95 follows the Transitway (the purple
See the OCTranspo website
(the train station is between St. Laurent and Hurdman) and
...from the airport
If you're coming to Ottawa by plane, you should know about the
very convenient connection on the #97 bus to/from the airport.
The bus runs every 10 to 15 minutes during the middle of the day --
see the OCTranspo website
for schedules -- and keeps running till quite late at night. If you
plan to take the bus, you should pick up a sheet of 10 tickets at the
ground transportation kiosk in the airport ($1.95 for 2 tickets = 1 ride;
in cash it's $3 per ride). For the Gasthaus Switzerland, again you should
get off at Laurier or Mackenzie-King.
The #97 will be going north along the Transitway (the purple line on
See the OCTranspo website
One can also take a taxi to/from the airport.
Try for example Blue Line Taxi, 613-238-1111.
If you're coming from outside Canada, there's a currency exchange booth in
the airport, but their rates are not very good. There's also an ATM
(cash machine, bank machine) in the airport; it's over on the right-hand side
of the arrivals hall as you come out of the baggage claim areas.
If you will be turning in your airline ticket receipt for reimbursement
from us, please keep your boarding passes; we will need them.
Getting to Carleton
Unfortunately it's too far (about 1 hour?) to walk from the Gasthaus
Switzerland to Carleton, but one can catch the #4 or #7 bus. They both run
about four times an hour on weekdays.
for bus schedules
and route maps
To catch the #4 or #7 bus to Carleton from the Gasthaus Switzerland, walk
north-northwest two blocks to Rideau St, cross Rideau St, and then turn
left and walk one or two blocks further to the big set of bus shelters.
This is the Rideau Centre stop.
There's a newsagent behind the bus shelters (next to The Bay dept store)
which sells bus tickets in sheets of 10 ($1.95 for 2 tickets = 1 ride;
in cash it's $3 per ride).
From there, the bus takes 25 to 30 min
to get to Carleton. The #7 terminates at Carleton, but the #4 continues
The #7 should say "Carleton" on the front. If it says "St. Laurent", you're
on the wrong side of the street. Don't take the 7X; it terminates before
The #4 should say "Carleton U. / Hurdman".
Parking at Carleton
Please contact one of us for parking options.
Otherwise, your best bet for parking is the multi-storey
parking structure / parkade / parking ramp
/ parking garage, which is labeled "PG" on the
Follow the signs to the visitor parking levels.
You should pay at the machine ($10 for all day; it accepts cash or credit
cards) and then leave the ticket on your dashboard.
*** Note that the parking garage is currently closed until August 2008. ***
Finding the Physics Building
Physics is in Herzberg Laboratories, which is labeled "HP" on the
(The buses will stop on Campus Avenue in front of the Minto Centre,
labeled MC on the map.)
Signs around campus will also direct you to Herzberg.
Office room numbers for individual faculty members are given on
their individual pages, linked from the
Last updated 2008-06-24. Corrections or additions -- please email
logan at physics dot carleton dot ca.