The 6th International Barcode of Life Conference was hosted by the University of Guelph. The main conference venues, both scientific and accommodations, were all located within a short walk. Many meals were served to conference delegates on campus, ensuring exceptional networking opportunities. Getting here was straightforward, as Guelph is well served by air, train, or bus.
The university is an important component of the City of Guelph. Delegates had the opportunity to explore the restaurants in the downtown core as well as join in the Special Plenary Session: State of Biodiversity at the River Run Centre. Early risers found excellent walking and jogging in the University of Guelph Arboretum or along the many riverside trails in Guelph.
For those able to stay after the conference, there are diverse activities within Guelph and its surroundings. Its rural character is exemplified by the iconic Saturday morning Farmers’ market in downtown Guelph. Highlights of the surrounding regions include the diverse museums of Toronto, the world-renowned theatre offered by the Stratford Festival, and the spectacular sights of the Niagara Falls region.