Nano and Giga Challenges in Electronics,
Photonics and Renewable Energy
       14th Canadian Semiconductor
Technology Conference
Symposium and Summer School (Tutorial Lectures)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, August 10-14, 2009
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Travelling to Hamilton

Overlooking the waters of Lake Ontario and extending up over the protective circle of the Niagara Escarpment. With a population of 507,000, Hamilton sits in the middle of Canada’s largest tourism region, half-way between legendary Niagara Falls and Toronto, Canada’s largest city. In total, seven million Canadians live within 150 kilometer radius of Hamilton, representing a quarter of the country’s population. The city is centrally located in Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe with easy access to major highways and the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. Lester B. Pearson Toronto International Airport is just 45 minutes away.

By Air

John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport

Transportation from Hamilton International is readily available through various means of transportation. The hi Shuttle provides hourly shuttle service to all local hotels as well as the Go Station and downtown Hamilton. Your choices of on site car rental agencies are Avis, Hertz and National. Reservations are recommended. Pre arranged transportation can be booked with Airways Transit or other authorized limousine service. The taxi stand at arrivals is serviced by various cab companies. Public transportation via the Hamilton Street Railway is available Monday - Saturday using the Trans Cab Service accessible at the information desk.

Lester B. Pearson Toronto International Airport

Transportation from Toronto International to Hamilton can be pre arranged with Airways Transit. To download the booking form and obtain $49 conference rate, click here. The Toronto Airport Express leaves the airport approximately every 30 minutes to the Royal York hotel in downtown Toronto. Union Station is located directly across the street from the hotel where you can catch either the Go Train or Via Rail into Burlington and on to downtown Hamilton via the Go Bus. The Union Bus Station is just one block east of the Royal York hotel where you can catch an express bus directly into downtown Hamilton approximately every 30 minutes. Numerous car rental agencies are available at the airport as well as local taxis that can bring you to Hamilton directly from the airport.

A list of airlines serving the Lester B. Pearson Toronto International Airport can be found at

Buffalo Niagara International Airport

Shuttle service from Buffalo International to the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Hamilton is available four times daily by pre arranging with Jetways Shuttle service. Bus service is available daily using Trentway-Wagar/Coach Canada with a transfer required in Buffalo. Various car rental agencies are available at the airport and again limousine service can be pre arranged with various local companies. Please confirm passport requirements before using this airport.

By Bus

Coach Canada, Greyhound and Go Transit all operate from one central terminal, conveniently located in downtown Hamilton. Bus services offered by any one of these three companies can be accessed from virtually anywhere in Canada. After arriving in Hamilton, public transit is available with the TransitHamilton Street Railway. The HSR offers bus service through out the community while providing access to local hotels and attractions along with entertainment and convention venues.

By Car

Getting to Hamilton by car has been made quite easy with improved access via Ontario’s 400 series and QEW highways. The recent completion of the Red Hill Valley Parkway has created a link between the 403 and the QEW Niagara highways, making access to the Hamilton International Airport easier than ever before. Known as the city of one way streets, Hamilton can be confusing to people unfamiliar with the city. If you are planning to drive in the city we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the routes you will be traveling in order to get to your destination.

By Train

Direct train service to Hamilton is only available from the Toronto area in the evenings from Monday to Friday with Go Transit. Via Rail offers daily service to Aldershot (Burlington) from various locations throughout the province and all of Canada. Go Transit also offers numerous trains from Toronto to Aldershot (Burlington) daily. If using Via Rail or Go Transit train service to Aldershot (Burlington), a transfer to a Go Bus is required to complete the trip to Hamilton.

Parking Information

Reduced campus parking rates have been arranged for conference delegates. Parking passes may be purchased at the registration desk (1-day to 5-day pass) for a rate of $10 per day, cash only. Metered economy parking is available in Lot "M" for $5.00 per day, with shuttle bus service to main campus. Free (sponsored) parking is available at the parking lot of URBAN Advertising and Design (940 Main Street West). Please, consult with the organizers at the registration desk for the most convinient parking option.

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