Wide Field Astronomy in Canada

Conference Date: 
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 (All day) to Friday, October 12, 2018 (All day)
Scientific Areas: 

Canada has great ambitions in the area of wide-field astronomical surveys, and a strong heritage. On the eve of the Canadian Long Range Plan 2020, this workshop brings together the Canadian wide field astronomy community to discuss our strategy, including possible areas of scientific and technical coordination. We will review existing and near-term surveys, on facilities including CFHT, MWA, CHIME, Dragonfly, Gaia, SDSS-V, DESI, Euclid, and LSST, as well as future projects like MSE and SKA1 on the ground and WFIRST and CASTOR in space. Invited talks will highlight areas of rapid expansion, including time domain astrophysics and radio surveys, as well as data archives and computing platforms like CADC, Canfar, and CIRADA that enable the exploitation of wide field and time-domain data by the community. Our activities aim to ensure that wide field and time-domain science emerge with strong support in LRP2020 and are able to attract significant funding.

To register for this event, please click here.

This workshop is being held in partnership with the Dunlap Institute.


  • Roberto Abraham, University of Toronto
  • Jo Bovy, University of Toronto
  • Patrick Cote, National Research Council Canada
  • Ivana Damjanov, Saint Mary's University
  • Maria Drout, University of Toronto
  • Michael Fich, University of Waterloo
  • Bryan Gaensler, University of Toronto
  • Sarah Gallagher, University of Western Ontario
  • Patrick Hall, York University
  • Daryl Haggard, McGill University
  • Renée Hložek, University of Toronto
  • Michael Hudson, University of Waterloo
  • Vicky Kaspi, McGill University
  • JJ Kavelaars, National Research Council Canada
  • Dustin Lang, Perimeter Institute
  • Alan McConnachie, NRC Herzberg
  • Laura Parker, McMaster University
  • Will Percival, Perimeter Institute & University of Waterloo
  • Samar Safi-Harb, University of Manitoba
  • Kendrick Smith, Perimeter Institute
  • Michitoshi Yoshida, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
  • Robert Content, Macquarie University
  • Neal Dalal, Perimeter Institute
  • Simon Foreman, Canadian institute for Theoretical Astrophysics
  • Elizabeth Griffin, National Research Council Canada
  • Martin Houde, University of Western Ontario
  • Matthew Johnson, Perimeter Institute & York University
  • James Taylor, University of Waterloo

If you need transportation while attending the conference, we offer suggestions below. If flying, we suggest that you book your flight to arrive at Toronto International Airport (YYZ) or the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF).

Boulevard Limousine (estimated travel time 1hr) The fare for Boulevard Limousine for one passenger is $127.00 to the Toronto Airport.  The fare for one passenger from the Toronto Airport to Waterloo is $145.00.  To make reservations, please visit their website or call 519-886-8090.

Airways Transit (estimated travel time 1hr) Airways Transit connects Toronto (Pearson), Hamilton (Munro), and Region of Waterloo International Airports with the Kitchener-Waterloo area by providing 24 hour shared ride door-to-door service. To make reservations online please visit their website of contact them by phone 24 hours: 519-886-2121.

0001 Toronto Cabs (estimated travel time 1hr)  Approximately $160.00 rate for one-way: Toronto International Airport to Waterloo. Call 416-809-5656. 
Note: One or more passengers can split this $160.00 rate.

City Cabs (estimated travel time 1hr) $90.00 flat rate for one-way:  Kitchener-Waterloo to Toronto International Airport.  Call 519-747-7777

Car Rentals Upon arrival in any of the terminals at Pearson International Airport there are a number of car rental agencies to choose from. Their booths are located on the arrivals level. The cost of a car rental is dependent upon the type of vehicle you would like and the length of the stay. 

Driving Directions 

  • From the airport, follow signs for Highway 427 South/Highway 401.  
  • Continue to follow signs for Highway 401 West - London.  
  • Proceed West on Highway 401.  
  • Exit Highway 401 at Highway 8 West.  
  • Take exit 278 (Highway 8 West) and follow 8 West for 5 km to Highway 85, towards Highway 7 East. 
  • Proceed on Highway 85 for 5 km to Bridgeport Road exit. Turn right at the off-ramp, traveling west.  
  • Follow Bridgeport Road for 2 km into downtown Waterloo.  
  • Bridgeport is a four-lane one-way road. It becomes Caroline Street at Albert Street. Continue straight ahead.  
  • Travel forward another 200 metres, but ease over into the right-hand lane. As you go down a hill and around a curve, look for the green Perimeter Institute sign on the right hand side. The parking lot entrance is just after the sign (past the historic grist mill that sits on the edge of Silver Lake).  
  • Turn right into the PI parking lot entrance.

    Please note that parking is extremely limited at Perimeter Institute and you must have a parking permit to park in the lot long term.

If you need accommodations while attending the conference, we offer suggestions for lodging below.  When booking your reservation, please indicate that you will be attending a conference at Perimeter in order to receive the best possible rate.

Delta Waterloo 110 Erb Street West Waterloo, ON N2L 0C6
Phone: 1-888-890-3222
Distance from PI: 450 m

Waterloo Hotel 2 King Street North Waterloo, ON N2J 2W7
Phone: 519-885-2626
Distance from PI: 500 m

Comfort Inn 190 Weber Street North Waterloo, ON N2J 3H4
Phone: 519-747-9400
Distance from PI: 2.3 km

Walper Terrace Hotel 1 King Street West Kitchener, ON N2G 1A1
Phone: 519-745-4321
Distance from PI: 3.7 km

Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo 105 King Street East Waterloo, ON N2G 2K8
Phone: 519-744-4141
Distance from PI: 3.8 km

Four Points by Sheraton 547 King Street North Waterloo, ON N2L 5Z7
Phone: 519-884-0100
Distance from PI: 4.3 km

Holiday Inn Express & Suites 14 Benjamin Road Waterloo, ON N2V 2J9
Phone:  519-772-9800
Distance from PI:  5.6 km

Homewood Suites by Hilton 45 Benjamin Road Waterloo, ON N2V 2G8
Phone:  519-514-0088
Distance from PI:  5.6 km

Courtyard by Marriott 50 Benjamin Road East Waterloo, ON N2V 2J9
Phone: 519-884-9295
Distance from PI: 5.6 km

Scientific Organizers:

  • Michael Balogh, University of Waterloo
  • Daryl Haggard, McGill University
  • Renée Hložek, University of Toronto
  • Alan McConnachie, National Research Council Canada Herzberg
  • Will Percival, Perimeter Institute & University of Waterloo