Located near the downtown core of Guelph, our new Performing Arts Centre has three halls for various events, including the du Maurier Theatre which seats 800. The Cooperators Hall will house the exhibits of bows, instruments, music and recordings. The Canada Company Hall is at the front of the complex and will host lectures and demonstrations. All events save the Primrose Competition and the Banquet will be in this facility.


The Banquet will be held at the Cutten Club which is a prestigious local golf club overlooking the greens and the downtown core. It is located between the University campus and the River Run Centre. The banquet will be buffet style with various salads, two hot dishes seasonal vegetables and dessert. Those observing a vegetarian lifestyle should find plenty of food among the selections available to satisfy them.


If you stay on campus, breakfast is included. Other meals are readily available in the area of the Centre, well within walking distance and at reasonable cost. Dormitory rooms cost $45/single, $38/shared and $32/student. (A Cdn $5.00 per night late fee will apply after April 10th.)

Camping is available in two locations but you will need to travel 10 to 15 minutes by car. Child care will also be available (information upon request) for those bringing children and who wish to spend daytime at the Congress.

We have reserved space at the Best Western Emerald Inn, Guelph which is a short two-block walk from the River Run Centre. You can reserve a room by phone at 1-800-528-1234 or fax at 1-519-836-9627. Please quote Account No 28637. Room rates range from $81/single to $117 for an executive suite plus applicable taxes. The number of rooms is limited.

We have also reserved 40 rooms at the College Inn Hotel. They are priced at $83 per room, single or double occupancy. It is a 25 minute walk to the downtown core (there is bus service). You can reserve a room by calling 519-836-1240 and quoting Reservation No 18389 and telling them you are with the Canadian Viola Society. It’s on a first come, first served basis.


Our official airline is Air Canada. When making reservations please quote #CV991236 and you will receive all the discounts that apply. For those traveling from further afield than Canada, you should know that Air Canada is affiliated with United Airlines. Air Canada also has a plan with Hertz Rental Car. The plan number will be in your information package.

If you are arriving by Air, make your destination the Pearson International Airport in Toronto. Further information on traveling from Pearson International Airport to Guelph will be available on request.

For Transportation between Toronto's Pearson International Airport and Guelph

1. Red Car - see flyer and make arrangements by phone, fax or e-mail.

2. Bus - less than $8 each way, but involves a change and takes about 2 hours total. Details will be included in your registration package or available from the business manager upon request.

3. Car rental - the Congress, in conjunction with Air Canada, has a special arrangement with Hertz car rental.

We are meeting # 013J0001
Reservations may be placed through the Hertz Meeting Sales Desk
From Canada call - 800-263-0600 From the USA, call 800-654-2240
From Toronto, call 416-620-9629

When making bookings it is important to identify the meeting # and/ or the name of the meeting - XXVII International Viola Congress.


Information upon request


There are some fine local micro breweries and a trip is being planned for those interested in a tour. You might like to visit Toronto, Stratford’s Shakespeare Festival, the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg, or even Niagara Falls which are up to an hour and a half travel away. For more information see: [Other Links]