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DocEng 2007 will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The city of Winnipeg is situated near the longitudinal centre of Canada, and ever since its early days as a centre for the fur trade, the city has enjoyed excellent communications with the rest of the country and also with the USA. One may reach the city by a wide variety of means, and we describe these in decreasing order of their degree of adventure and pioneering spirit.

The most adventurous

Hiking (walking). The truly adventurous may wish to exercise their pioneer sprit to the fullest and follow the Trans-Canada hiking trail, described here
Canoe. Some historic canoe routes across the country are discussed here
Cycle. It is not unknown for people to cycle across Canada. For information you are referred to here or here

By any of these three methods, the trip from Toronto to Winnipeg can probably be achieved quite comfortably within a month or so.

Slightly less adventurous.

Bus. It is possible to travel to Winnipeg by Bus (North American for what the British call coach). You can find all you could ever need to know here
Train. There are still trains serving Winnipeg as many as nine (9) per week. Look here .

These two approaches would require no more than 36 hours to travel from Toronto to Winnipeg. Actually, the train trip can be very enjoyable if one has the time and money to use the Via Rail Silver and Blue Class on the Canadian, from either Toronto or Vancouver to Winnipeg.

Downright dull and sedentary.

If none of the above possibilities appeal to you, you can always fly into Winnipeg international airport which is well very served by flights from across North America.

Canada. There are two major airlines in the country, both serving most major Canadian centres, and usually engaged in fierce competition and name-calling, Air Canada and Westjet .

U.S.A. Winnipeg has direct flights from the following US cities:

  • Chicago (United, Air Canada) 3-4 per day
  • Denver (United, Air Canada) 2 per day
  • Salt Lake City (Delta) a recent addition. 2 per day
  • Minneapolis (Northwest, KLM) 6 per day

From other US centres, connections can either be made through these US cities, or through such Canadian gateways as Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary etc.

Overseas. Most overseas destinations will require a connection at either a Canadian gateway city (usually Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, or Calgary) or at one of the US cities mentioned above.
Note that Air Canada is a member of Star Alliance, and thus its flights are often codeshared with other airlines (such as United and Lufthansa). Likewise, Northwest codeshares with KLM.
Zoom airlines is a low cost carrier, which has (infrequent) direct flights from London (Gatwick) to Winnipeg.

Passports and Visas

Please check carefully the visa and passport requirements applicable to your nationality and country of origin. US citizens should note recent changes in their passport requirements for travel to/from Canada