2014 Annual Meeting of the
American Scientific Affiliation

at McMaster University (Hamilton ON), July 25-28.


The conference-theme is “from Cosmos to Psyche”.


ASA's Homepage for the 2014 Meeting has links for the
SlideShowRegistration Brochure - Online Registration.
This page has "When you arrive on-campus ..." , and
traveling by City Bus after Car - Plane - Bus - Train.
Also, Lodging + Meals (it's one reason ASA Meetings
are my favorite conferences) and Tourist Information and

contact us (to ask about the conference or this page),
plus old Travel/Tourist pages from 2008-2013.


City of Hamilton (aerial view)

chapel on campus of McMaster University

When you arrive on-campus,

you can go to ASA's Registration Center in the MDCL Building.*   { Later, we'll provide information about "where to park, etc."  Until then you can enter the general address for McMaster — 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8S4L8 — into websites or GPS. }

* MDCL (Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery) is on the east side of campus, #52 on this campus map.


The website of McMaster University (campus about mission history) has a set of link-pages about getting to Mac with directions & campus map & parking info, and more.


for Hamilton and surrounding area, Time Zone is EDT

7-Day Weather Forecast — network  almanac  uground


TRAVELING to McMaster by Car - Plane - Bus - Train

TRAVELING inside Hamilton with Local Bus Service




The local bus service, HSR (Hamilton Street Railway), could be useful if you travel to Hamilton by plane or bus or train.

They also have local/regional train service, GO Transit. (about)





If you're driving, please help others get to the conference (they will appreciate this)* and please use the Ride Board, and do this ASAP.  Why?  Because this might help others make their plans.  For example, if they can ride with you, they may do this instead of buying a ticket for a plane or bus.  But they must know that you're driving before they buy their ticket (and usually the sooner a ticket is purchased the cheaper it is, and more scheduling options are still open) so if you post your "ride offered" information ASAP this might help someone make plans.  Thanks!   :<)

* And it's cheaper for everyone, more planet-friendly (conserve resources, reduce emissions), and you can “start the conference early” (and make it last longer on the way back) with interesting conversations during the trips.

How?  There are two travel-topics in ASA's website forums, for Car Drivers & Riders and from Airport (sharing rides):  click this link and then Sign In,* look for the two forums that begin with "ASA Meeting 2014...", read the first post in each forum, and share your information with others.   /   * For the "Sign In", if necessary you can register (it's free) with a username (email address is default) and password.  If you're an ASA member, use your ASA password. 



For your GPS navigation system (or GoogleMaps - YahooMaps - Mapquest) the general address of McMaster University is 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario  L8S4L8.  Directions to ASA's on-campus Registration Center are above.

McMaster provides driving directions from USA's Midwest (thru Detroit and Brantford, London) and East Coast (thru Buffalo and Niagara);  and in Canada, from Toronto and the airports in Toronto (YYZ) & Hamilton (YHM), plus Kitchener/Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge.



Nearby airports are in Hamilton, Toronto, and Buffalo, plus other airports.  Based on quick/rough price checks the cost is BUF<YYZ<YHM from American cities, and BUF≈YYZ≈YHM from Canada.

Toronto Airport (Lester B. Pearson International Airport) is YYZwebsite - ground transportation - GO Transit (public) with McMaster U saying "GO Transit provides weekday service between Pearson International and campus, with a transfer at the Bramalea GO Station onto the Highway 407 West service." (it doesn't say "how to do it" but I'll try to get this by mid-April, using the website of GO)   Or in the Transit Trip Planner you can enter "Pearson Airport" and "McMaster University" to get this map (with 4 options?) or (by clicking "route options" and train) this or by clicking "more options" this.   /   airport-information from iFly - World Travel Guide - Wikipedia

Buffalo Airport (Buffalo-Niagara International Airport) is BUFwikipedia (re: fares) & website - ground transportation (into Canada)  /  If you can provide useful information about getting from BUF to Hamilton/McMaster — why do we need help? it's explained here — your assistance will be greatly appreciated.  /  airport-information from iFly - World Travel Guide - World Airport Guides

Hamilton Airport (John C. Munro International Airport) is YHM.  It's much smaller than Toronto or Buffalo, with fewer flight-options.  website (>Passenger Services > Transportation) - HSR Bus (public) with McMaster U saying "There is an hourly shuttle bus from John C. Munro International Airport to hotels in downtown Hamilton" and "Hamilton's municipal transit system (HSR) also services the airport. Note this service includes a special taxi connection," but they don't link to a page with more details. (I'll check this by mid-April.)   /   From some cities (in Canada and west-coast USA) you may find good rates through WestJet.   /   airport-information from iFly - World Airport Guides - Wikipedia


• For the return trip, from McMaster to your airport, at the conference there will be an old-fashioned physical Sharing Board where you can write information, offers, and requests.  Or you can reverse your trip using public transit, or with other options.


• by BUS    
Niagara Falls

Greyhound Bus in U.S. and Canada — Usually, rates are much cheaper if you purchase in advance: Deals and Discounts.    Stations in U.S. and Canada:  The GH station in Hamilton is "36 Hunter St. East, Hamilton", which you can enter into a trip planner of the local bus system.   /   example fare: The one-way fare from Chicago was $59 (for Advance Purchase) on April 7.

Megabus (in U.S. and Canada) can be a great deal - very cheap - if you buy early, and if the timings are convenient.  They have buses to/from Toronto (but not Hamilton) at the end of an east-coast run from Washington D.C. through New York City and Buffalo, but... this trip would require buying two tickets, from YourCity to Buffalo (on U.S. Megabus) and Buffalo to Toronto (on Canada Megabus), and then getting from Toronto to Hamilton/McMaster.



• by TRAIN

Amtrak has stations in Ontario — Toronto, Oakville, Aldershot (in Burlington, near Hamilton), Grimsby, St Catharines, Niagara Falls — and many cities (search or look) in the USA, in the Northeast & Midwest and elsewhere.  The station in Aldershot is 1199 Waterdown Road, Aldershot, ON  L7T4A8.   /   example fare: The one-way fare on an overnight train from Chicago was $136 on April 7.

also:  the local/regional train-and-bus system of GO Transit.




Both are available at McMaster University – see Registration Brochure (page 5).

Benefits of On-Campus Lodging & Meals:  ASA's Annual Meetings are my favorite conferences,* and one reason is their meal policy because we all eat together.  This is a great way for everyone to meet and get involved with informal conversations, 3 times each day. (in addition to discussions between talks)   And most people stay on-campus, which also makes meeting-and-talking easier.   {These personal comments are from Craig Rusbult, writer of this travel-page.}




ASA offers Field Trips (page 4)* for Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls Geology, Royal Botanical Gardens, and McMaster Campus Tour.   {Field Trips also are described here on pages 4-5, and 11-14. And later there will be Self-Guided Tours, pages 15-18. }

in HamiltonTourism Hamilton (what to do & more) - WikiTravel - TripAdvisor (to do) - Wikipedia -

in TorontoTourism Toronto - WikiTravel - Tourist Toronto - TripAdvisor (to do) - Wikipedia - Edgewalk (an opportunity missed) -

Niagara Falls - Tourism Niagara - Wikipedia (tourism) - Tourism (about) -



Contact Us if you have questions:
about this page, Craig Rusbult - crusbult@wisc.edu ,
about registration, Marty Herdrich - marty@asa3.org



For travel-and-tourism information about previous meetings:
2013 - Nashville    2012 - San Diego    2011 - Chicago (suburban) 
2010 - Washington D.C.
    2009 - Waco, TX    2008 - Oregon (near Portland)