Fifth International Symposium on the Environmental Physiology of Ectotherms and Plants
London, Ontario, Canada
August 12-16 2013

Logistics: London, Ontario
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Getting Here

London, Ontario (population ~475,000) is located in Southwestern Ontario, a peninsula of land delineated by Lakes Ontario, Erie and Huron.  London is approximately mid-way between Detroit (USA) and Toronto, about two hours' drive from each.

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Arriving by Air

London International Airport (Airport code: YXU) is served by regular flights to and from Toronto, ON and Ottawa, ON (Air Canada), Calgary, AB and Winnipeg, MB (WestJet) and Chicago, IL (USA; United).  A Taxi to the University from the airport takes approximately 20 minutes and costs ~$20.  

Sometimes it can be more convenient or cheaper to fly to Toronto, ON or Detroit, MI (USA).  From there, it is possible to get a shuttle to London.  The two main shuttle companies are Robert Q and the Aboutown Airbus.

Arriving by Train

Unfortunately, there is no easy rail link from Toronto Pearson International Airport to London, ON.  However, if you are spending some time in Toronto, Ottawa or Kingston (or the nearby cities of Guelph or Windsor) before or after the meeting, the Via Rail train service is an efficient and effective way to get to London.

Driving Directions

Free parking is available for delegates in the Medway parking lot (University Dr, behind Elgin Hall).

Bus Passes

All delegates will be provided with a free bus pass to facilitate their movement around London.


On-campus accommodation will be available at Western Bed & Breakfast.  This is conveniently located in Elgin Hall on University Drive, on the city bus route, and only minutes from downtown London.  Each suite consists of four single, private rooms and two bathrooms, a common area and kitchen.  Free high-speed internet access is provided, and you can choose whether or not to opt-in to breakfast. 

If you prefer to stay in a hotel, there are several options available. 

The Windermere Manor is now fully booked for the conference period. 

The Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre is close by campus.

There are several hotels in Central London, from which campus can be easily reached by bus.  These include:

Hotel Metro


Delta London Amouries

Station Park

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August can be hot and humid in London.  Expect temperatures averaging 20 degrees C, with nighttime lows around 12-15 and daytime highs above 25.  However, it can be hot and humid, and temperatures in excess of 30 degrees C are not uncommon.  While the weather is generally sunny, there are frequent (and sometimes spectacular) thunderstorms, and less frequent frontal weather patterns, so a raincoat or umbrella could be valuable.  You can view Environment Canada's (generally accurate) weather forecasts here.

If you have any more queries about logistics, please contact Dr. Annegret Nicolai.