Q: What is the International Symposium on Destination Stewardship?
A: The Symposium is a three-day event, bringing together global thought leaders, stakeholders, partners, and knowledge holders from diverse sectors for a unique discussion on redefining tourism and destination stewardship.

Q: What is the dress code for the International Symposium on Destination Stewardship?
A: There is no official dress code for the International Symposium on Destination Stewardship.  We would ask that you wear what you are comfortable in.

Q: What is the weather like in Ottawa in November?
A: The average temperatures in Ottawa in November are a daytime high of 5°C and a nighttime low of -2°.  The average precipitation is approximately 64mm, mixed between rain and snow. 

Q: Where will I be staying during the International Symposium on Destination Stewardship?
A: Please see the
Accommodations page for a list of hotels with group rates for the Symposium.

Q: How do I get to the Canadian Museum of History?
A: The Canadian Museum of History is accessible via various methods:

  • If you would prefer to make your way via bicycle or by foot , the Museum is located right on the scenic Voyageurs Pathway. Bike racks are available on the Plaza and close to the Panorama Café terrace.

If you are arriving by car, parking is available, and the cost is $13.00 per day.  The Museum address is: 100 Laurier St, Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M8 . Please note The Alexandra Bridge between Ottawa and Gatineau is close to all vehicular traffic, however 1 lane will remain accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. As previously announced, the boardwalk and articulation joints will undergo repairs that will address the safety of the bridge. Please see the map here.

Q: Can I expect communications from the International Symposium on Destination Stewardship prior to the event?
A: Absolutely! We will be sending all registered attendees updates via email leading up to the event to keep you informed. Additionally, there will be daily newsletters sent during the event. Keep an eye out for more information from our event email: info@destinationstewardship.ca    

Q: Is there a way to join the event virtually?
A: The Symposium is an in-person event only to facilitate connection amongst attendees. We will be releasing a variety of content following the event that will be available through our channels so stay tuned for more on that if you are unable to attend the event in person.

Q: Will the event be bilingual?
Simultaneous translation services will be available for the full Symposium. Whilst most of the sessions will be in English, there will be French sessions as well. The headsets will be available upon arrival.
All materials provided during the show will be available in both English and French. 

Q: Will food be provided during the Symposium? 
A: Yes food is provided during the event. The welcome reception will offer reception food and beverages. For the meeting, a light breakfast is available, along with breaks and lunch. To encourage sustainability, guests will be given a cutlery pack on the first day and encouraged to wash and reuse their cutlery for all meals during the event.

Q: What are some of the sustainability initiatives taking place during the Symposium?
A: For a full list of initiatives being implemented at the Symposium, visit the Sustainability page.
Destination Canada is proud to lead events with sustainability at the forefront. Here are some of the actions being implemented at the Symposium:

  • Prioritizing vendors implementing sustainable practices like serving local and sustainably-sourced menus and products
  • Worked with vendors to eliminate their use of single-use plastics and to create an event using sustainable materials
  • Confirming the exact number of meals required in advance to reduce food waste
  • Providing a reusable cutlery set for attendees to use during the Symposium and beyond
  • Using digital over hard copy communications wherever possible
  • Working with vendors to track the emissions produced from hosting the Symposium (using the innovative TRACE platform), and offsetting those emissions through investment in reputable, certified projects
  • Sharing our alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with attendees to encourage education and additional action toward sustainable development
  • Increasing attendee awareness around the sustainability initiatives we are taking to reduce the emissions from this event, and what they can do to further

Q: How can I help make the Symposium more sustainable?

Destination Canada is taking several steps to make the Symposium a sustainable event. Here are some ways you can increase our collective impact:

  • Pack light and reusable (remember to bring your reusable water bottle!)
  • Book travel with minimal transfers and carpool when possible
  • Take sustainable modes of transportation to the airport, venue and locally when possible
  • Offset the emissions from your travel by purchasing from reputable, certified offset programs
  • Bring your reusable cutlery set daily for use throughout the Symposium (and beyond!)
  • Choose vegetarian options for meals outside of the Symposium
  • Return your lanyard after the Symposium for use at other events
  • Keep communications digital and avoid printing email or app notifications
  • Turn off lights and unplug electronics when not in use
  • Decline housekeeping if your room can go without
  • Choose souvenirs made by local artisans and vendors while exploring the region
  • Leverage your new connections to develop and strengthen lasting domestic and cross-border relationships with other changemakers
  • Take some time to learn about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and how you may be able to contribute