The MORSE User Consultation Workshop will be held on November 12-13, 2008, at the Institute of Ocean Technology in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Transportation in St. John's

Metro Bus will pick up MORSE registrants at Fairmont Newfoundland Hotel

Wednesday, November 12
Depart 07:45 Fairmont – IOT
Depart 17:00 IOT – Fairmont
Depart 18:30 Fairmont – Atlantica Restaurant
Depart 23:00 Atlantica Restaurant – Fairmont

Thursday, November 13th
Depart 07:45 Fairmont – IOT
Depart 17:00 IOT – Fairmont

Parking is available in Area 27 (west side of IOT) Park, Pay and Display area 0.25/hour, or in Area 61 (underneath Earth Science Bldg.) $2 entry fee.

About NRC's Institute of Ocean Technology

The Institute of Ocean Technology (IOT) was established in 1985 to provide technical expertise in support of Canada's ocean technology industries. IOT conducts ocean engineering research through modeling of ocean environments, predicting and improving the performance of marine systems, and developing innovative technologies that bring benefits to the Canadian marine industry. IOT has established a world-wide reputation for the excellence of its work, building an impressive record of collaborative and contractual research and a history of solid scientific achievement. It has helped to commercialize vessel prototypes, offshore technologies, underwater systems and more.

About St. John's

St. John's is the provincial capital and largest city of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the oldest city in Canada. It is a city rich with history, starting with its dicovery by explorer John Cabot in 1497. St. John's is home to North America's oldest continuously held annual sporting event, the Royal St. John's Regatta. It is here that Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless message in 1901, and it was from here that the first nonstop transatlantic flight was made in 1919 by Alcock and Brown. Today St. John's is a thriving city that hasn't forgotten its roots. Brightly painted houses line steep downtown streets, as colourful and friendly as Newfoundlanders themselves. Local restaurants serve up fresh local seafood alongside international cuisine. George Street is lined with traditional Irish pubs along with blues and dance bars. There is something for every taste, be it hiking up Signal Hill or along the East Coast Trail, shopping at boutiques and craft stores on Water Street, learning of our history and heritage at St. John's newest landmark, The Rooms, or just sitting back and watching the people go by.

Newfoundland is the most easternly province in Canada - indeed, Cape Spear, just 20 minutes from St. John's, is the most easternly point in North America. We have our own time zone (1.5 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, 3.5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time), our own distinct accent that comes from our predominately Irish and English ancestors, and many unique sights and experiences. See icebergs and humpback whales on a boat tour from Bay Bulls (just 45 minutes from St. John's up the scenic Irish Loop). Visit the seabird colony on the cliffs at Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve (less than an hour's drive from St. John's). View the archaological dig at Cupids, Newfoundland's first chartered settlement and only an hour away from St. John's. Spend a week driving around the province and see the viking settlements of Lanse-aux-Meadows, the fjords of Gros Morne National Park, the quaint fishing villages along our island's South Coast. It's all here for you to see and do.

As Newfoundland is an island, the most convenient way to travel here is by air. Daily non-stop flights are available from various cities in Canada by a number of airlines. Continental Airlines offers direct service between St. John's and New York/Newark. There is no bus/train service from St. John's airport to the rest of the city. There are several car rental agencies located at the airport for those wishing to rent a car. Taxi service from St. John's airport to downtown will cost about $20.00.

For more information about the St. John's, please see the following links: