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2016 CSBE Road Trip to Halifax and CSBE Student Council

The 2016 CSBE Road Trip was driven with the desire to unite the U of M CSBE student group with other Biosystems Engineering student groups across eastern Canada.

What is include for undergraduate student:

  • Bus travel from Winnipeg to Montreal to Quebec City to Halifax - June 30 to July 8
  • Tree planting project in New Brunswick
  • Includes entry to the CSBE Award Banquet, BBQ, and Award lunch
  • Includes a technical tour
  • Accommodation during conference

What is include for graduate student:

  • Bus travel from Winnipeg to Montreal to Quebec City to Halifax - June 30 to July 8

Cost: ONLY 205$

How to register:

To ensure a place in the bus, you must register before early bird deadline (June 3rd).

If your are interested in the 2016 CSBE Road Trip to Halifax, select the option of the same name in the Conference registration (https://www.conftool.com/csbe-scgab2016) or contact Jamie Cheung at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please confirm your interest before May 20, 2016.


Halifax, the capital region of Nova Scotia, is a lively and colourful combination of urban and rural living at its best. Canada's first permanent British town was established here in 1749, on the scenic shores of the world's second largest natural harbour. Today, Halifax is Atlantic Canada’s largest city, with historic sites, museums, art galleries, churches and shopping areas located within the downtown center and by the waterfront.  CSBE2016 will be held in the Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre that is in the downtown and linked to a number of hotels by the Downtown Halifax Link pedway for easy access.

We recommend that you take the opportunity for a family vacation in Nova Scotia while you are here.  For nature lovers, the surrounding areas of Nova Scotia are wonderful to explore with many beautiful parks, beaches and hiking trails.  Nova Scotia is encircled by eleven touring routes, with each having unique cultural, historical and natural features.  One of these is the Cabot Trail, which is one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the world.  This magnificent highway is carved into the sides of mountains that rise high above the shimmering waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.  Lookoffs offer unforgettable vistas of Cape Breton’s rugged coastline, where pods of whales can often be seen just offshore and bald eagles soar aloft on the ocean breezes.  There are numerous fishing villages around Nova Scotia as well - the town of Lunenburg is a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its architecture, culture, and working waterfront.  For something a little different, Prince Edward Island (of “Anne of Green Gables” fame) is only a 4 hour drive away.

There are many events and festivals held in Halifax during the summer.  One example is the Halifax Jazz Festival, which is from July 13th to 17th, 2016.  Also, the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo , is held during June 30th to July 7th, 2016, with daily evening or matinee performances (2.5 hours) right in the heart of Downtown Halifax. Over 2,000 performers from many countries take part including, massed pipes and drums, highland dancers, military and civilian bands, comedic acts, gymnastics, and more! During Tattoo week, enjoy free festival events around Halifax and watch the Sobeys Tattoo Canada Day Parade on July 1st – the largest Canada Day Parade east of Ottawa.    

We encourage you to explore vacation options by exploring the websites below:


Getting There

Whether you want to take your time getting here or arrive with speed and style, Halifax is easily reached by air, car, and rail.

By Air:  The Halifax Stanfield International Airport is the Atlantic Canadian centre for domestic, regional and international flight service. With over 600 flights a week, you can travel by air to Halifax on direct flights from many Canadian and U.S. destinations. 

Once you arrive at our airport, located 30-45 minutes from downtown Halifax.  There are a range of transportation options available such as limousine and taxi services, car rental companies, bus and shuttle bus.  A one-way trip to Halifax city centre is ~$63.00 by taxi or limousine.

Starting May 1 to October 31, the Halifax Airport Shuttle offers a full service between the airport and the major downtown hotels in Halifax as well as St Mary’s University and Dalhousie University – this service (and full list of stops) will be available for booking online or by phone from May 1st.  Tickets must be pre-purchased prior to travel either: book and purchase online or at the Ground Transportation Booth at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. The price is $22 one way or $40 return). You can use this promo code to get a 15% discount: CSBE-SCGAB16

By Car: 

From New Brunswick to Halifax city:

  • Follow the Trans-Canada (NS Highway 104) from New Brunswick.
  • Take Exit #15 to get on Highway 102 south (careful, this is the only exit to Halifax).
  • Halifax is a pleasant drive away, 100 kilometres (about one hour). 
  • Follow directions as described below to get from Highway 102 into the city.

From the Airport to Halifax city

  • Follow the signs at the airport which direct you to Highway 102 South (Exit 6) and Halifax. It’s about 40 kilometres from the airport to Halifax (about 30-45 minutes).

By Rail

VIA Rail Canada offers trans-continental connection with Western Canadian cities, and some US destinations. The Ocean links Montreal and Halifax by night. The Ocean leaves Montreal in the evening, and travels along the south shore of the St. Lawrence River through the Matapedia valley. Continuing southwards across New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, the train reaches Halifax in mid-afternoon. In the other direction, the Ocean leaves Halifax in the afternoon, and arrives in Montreal the next morning. An Economy return trip will be around $450 (inclusive of tax). http://www.viarail.ca/ 


Summer time is a busy time in Halifax.  So please book early to secure your accommodation and avoid disappointment!


There are a number of hotels that are connected to the World Trade Convention Centre, where the CSBE conference is held, by the Downtown Halifax Ped-way Link.

Prince George Hotel

A block of deluxe guestrooms has been reserved at the Prince George Hotel, 1725 Market Street, Halifax  Nova Scotia B3J 3N9 Canada at a discounted rate of $165 (plus taxes) for single or double occupancy, where each additional adult in the same room is an extra $20. This offer expires on June 2, 2016, after which the rooms will be released for general sale and subject to the hotel’s availability.

Booking can be made by phone (1-800-565-1567) or online.  Please reference the Group as the “Canadian Society for Bioengineering” and Booking ID: 070216CSB

Delta Halifax (Barrington)

A special discounted conference rate for CSBE conference delegates has been secured at the Delta Halifax, 1990 Barrington Street, Halifax  Nova Scotia  B3J 1P2  Canada.  The room rates are between $159-$209 (plus taxes).  Note that this is subject to the hotels’ availability.  This offer expires on June 2, 2016, after which regular rates will apply.

Here is the reservation link that can be used to make online reservations:

Book your group rate for Canadian Society for Bioengineering

Reservations can also be made at 1-800-268-1133. When booking, please reference the “Delta Halifax” and “Canadian Society for Bioengineering”.



Dalhousie University - Halifax

Dalhousie University has a range of student accommodations within walking distance of the World Trade Convention Centre.  More information can be found on the Dalhousie Summer Accommodations website. The following types of accommodation have been reserved until May 18, 2016, after which they will be released for general sale.  Please reserve your accommodations early, as reservations will be reviewed by Dalhousie prior to this date, and if “the pickup is substantially below the original room block”, then the block of reserved accommodations may be reduced. Link to reserve: http://stay.dal.ca/KxBnB_Live/CSB16.bnb

Howe Hall, 6230 Coburg Road, Halifax, NS  B3H 4R2
Approximately 25 minutes to walk to the World Trade Convention Centre.
Single bedrooms (40 reserved) – student rate ($32.65/night, tax incl.); conference rate ($49.50/night, tax incl.)

LeMarchant Place, 1246 LeMarchant Street, Halifax, NS  B3H 4R2
Approximately 30 minutes to walk to the World Trade Convention Centre.
4 Bedroom Suites (2 reserved) - $240/suite per night
3 Bedroom Suites (2 reserved) - $180/suite per night
2 Bedroom Suites (2 reserved)- $120/suite per night
A minimum two night stay is required in the suites.

Room reservations can be made online or by fax (902)494-1219, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone (902)494-8840 or toll free: 1-888-271-9222.  Please identify the group name “CSB16” when making reservations. 

St Mary’s University - Halifax

Saint Mary’s University welcomes the opportunity to host delegate accommodations when attending the Canadian Society for Bioengineering (CSBE) Annual Meeting in Halifax in early July.

They offer a wide variety of room types from private travel suites, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments plus the traditional single & double residence rooms (shared bathrooms).  Their 2016 rates range from $55.95 - $137.95/night and include:

  • Hot buffet breakfast each morning served in the Dockside Cafeteria (7:30-9:00am each morning)
  • All taxes (2% mktg. levy, 15% HST)
  • Parking
  • Wifi
  • Access to the Fitness Centre (must be 16 yrs. of age)

To book your accommodations:
Call:  1-888-347-5555
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Book online:  www.smu.ca/conferences

Rooms are based on availability.

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