Transportation

Getting to Winnipeg

By air

James A. Richardson Airport (airport code: YWG) is served by both major Canadian airlines – Air Canada and WestJet – as well as some regional airlines, which tend to serve northern Manitoba and Ontario.

There are direct flights to Winnipeg from most major Canadian cities, with the most being from Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal, and Ottawa (in order of frequency).

From the US, there are regular direct flights to Winnipeg from Chicago and Denver (both on United) and Minneapolis (Delta). There is also seasonal service from Orlando and Phoenix on WestJet (check their website for details).

For international and American travellers, Air Canada is part of the Star Alliance network, while WestJet partners with in the SkyTeam network that includes Delta, KLM, and Air France.

Getting from the Airport to the Conference venue/Hotel

  • Possible NASSH shuttle: The NASSH 2018 organizers are looking into providing NASSH-specific transportation between the airport and the Fort Garry Hotel. Details of this will be confirmed in advance of NASSH, both on this site (check back in April 2018) and through an announcement on the NASSH listserv.
  • Public transit: use Winnipeg Transit Navigo to plan route; allow 35-40 minutes and you will need to transfer buses once – cost is $2.70 CDN per ride, as of 2017 (with fare increases likely in 2018).
  • Taxi: there is a taxi stand outside the arrivals level of the terminal; the ride will take approximately 20 minutes and cost approximately $20 CDN

By car

Driving times/distances to Winnipeg from major/nearby cities:

  • Calgary, AB: 13 hours, 1330 km (825 miles)
  • Toronto, ON: 21 hours, 2200 km (1365 miles)
  • Thunder Bay, ON: 7.5 hours, 700 km (435 miles)
  • Grand Forks, ND: 2.5 hours, 235 km (145 miles)
  • Fargo, ND: 3.5 hours, 360 km (225 miles)
  • Minneapolis, MN: 7 hours, 735 km (455 miles)
  • Chicago, IL: 13 hours, 1400 km (870 miles)

By train

Winnipeg is a stop on ViaRail’s The Canadian (Vancouver-Toronto route). It is an overnight (and then some) journey from either end of the line to Winnipeg. (Note: The train station in Winnipeg is located one block from the Fort Garry Hotel.) Full details can be found here.

Getting around Winnipeg

For a map of Downtown Winnipeg, click here.

Downtown Winnipeg is fairly pedestrian-friendly. When out in the evenings, please travel safely and take the precautions you would take in any large city. (Details on personal safety from the Winnipeg Police Service can be found here.)

The Forks, the Exchange District, and if you’re feeling spry, Osborne Village, are walking distance from the Fort Garry Hotel. Some of the neighbourhoods described in the Dining, tourism and entertainment page are some distance from one another.

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