XIVth International Symposium
on Retinal Degeneration

July 13-17, 2010

Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada


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Travel Tips

Visa Information


Attendees from most countries will not need a Visa. It is important, however, to check with the Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Web site to determine if you need a Visa, Temporary Resident Visa or Letter of Invitation. If a Letter of Invitation is needed, please request one from Holly Whiteside.

From the web site (for most Visiting Canada):

To visit Canada, you must:
    - Have a valid travel document, such as a passport.
    - Be in good health.
    - Satisfy an immigration officer that you have ties, such as a job, home and family, that will take you back to your country of origin.
    - Satisfy an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit, and
    - Have enough money for your stay. The amount of money you will need can vary with the circumstances of the visit, how long you will stay and whether you will stay in a hotel or with friends or relatives. For more information, ask the Canadian Visa office in your country or region.
You may also need:
    - A temporary Resident Visa, depending on your citizenship (see Visas and Exemptions on the web site).
    - A medical examination, and
    - A letter of invitation from someone who lives in Canada.

Travel to and from Mont-Tremblant

RD2010 busses

Round trip transportation between the Pierre Trudeau Airport in Montreal and the meeting site (~1.5 hr driving time) will be provided as part of the meeting registration fee. Scheduled departure times for busses leaving the Airport on Tuesday, July 13, 2009 will be determined based on delegate travel plans; however, the last bus will probably leave the Airport no later than 3:00 PM (15:00 hrs). If you cannot arrive at the Pierre Trudeau Airport in Montreal in time to catch the last bus, it will be necessary to arrive a day earlier or provide your own transportation (e.g., taxi) to the meeting site. Please check back for additional updates.

For the return to Montreal on Saturday, July 17, 2009, bus transportation will be provided to both the Airport and the headquarters hotel for the ICER Meeting.

Car Rental

The Fairmont Tremblant hotel in Mont-Tremblant is located approximately 127 km (~1.5 hr driving time) northwest of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Directions from the Pierre Trudeau Airport in Montreal and the Ottowa Airport can be found at www.fairmont.com/tremblant/MapAndDirections.htm. If you choose to drive to the meeting site, your parking at the hotel will be covered as part of your registration fee (in lieu of bus transportation).



Meeting Hotel Information

See the section Mont-Tremblant Info.


Attire and Weather Information

Weather

For up-to-date weather and weather forecasts for Mont-Tremblant, go to: http://www.weather.com. As an approximation, the temperatures for Mont-Tremblant for July in 2009 ranged from lows of 41-61F (5-16C) to highs of 60-78F (16-26C), with 30% probability of showers for most days. So it will be important to bring a sweater/jacket for early mornings and evenings, particularly for the Gala at the "Top of the Mountains" on Friday night, where it could be as much as 8F (5C) colder than at the hotel.

Attire

Casual throughout the meeting. Please bring APPROPRIATE CLOTHING for the climate, particularly for the Friday night "Gala."


Other Useful Information

Currency

For updated information about currency exchange rates click here. Hotel and local costs are in Canadian Dollars (CAD) and the Meeting Registration Fee is in United States Dollars (USD).


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