Category Archives: Toronto

Information about the City of Toronto: attractions, restaurants, things to do

A Registrant Asks…

Entry in our occasional series, as Registrants ask us questions we think all attendees might benefit from knowing.

What is the food situation at Bouchercon?

We are extremely blessed in Toronto with a wide variety of food choices from all ethnicities! Pick a country, there is likely a restaurant serving authentic cuisine!

  • The Sheraton hotel has three restaurants and two coffee bars that also sell light snacks.
  • Immediately connected to the hotel in the lower concourse are two food courts with a wide variety of fast food choices.
  • Parked outside the Sheraton hotel (across the street) is the iconic City Hall. There are always several food trucks parked there.
  • Within an easy walk of the hotel there are hundreds of restaurant choices, ranging from Tim Hortons and Starbucks a few steps away to 5-star eateries. The massive Eaton Centre shopping complex is a 3-minute walk away and has two large food courts.

Pretty much no matter what your cuisine preference, from street food, to Italian, Chinese, Thai, Korean, Middle Eastern, Ethiopian… You can sample the globe’s food by taking a quick walk!

If you are a foodie and want to explore Toronto’s restaurant scene, you can explore the website BlogTO. There you can search for “the best …” and fill in what you are looking for (food/clothes/decor/salons/spas…etc etc).

Of course, if you have bought tickets, there is the Nero Wolfe Banquet, the Sisters in Crime Breakfast, and the Anthony Awards Brunch.

Have questions? We’d love to hear them! Chances are another registrant was wondering the same thing!

Use our contact form on this website to email us, or reach out through other our other media channels.

We’re here to help!



Pop Sherlock! Exhibit at TPL

The Toronto Reference Library (TRL) has one of the world’s foremost collections of library materials devoted to the life and work of Arthur Conan Doyle. In addition to the ticketed tour events through Bouchercon on October 11th, there will be a broader exhibit running from August 19-October 21.

Pop Sherlock! follows Sherlock Holmes as he ventures out of the classic fiction realm of this creator Arthur Conan Doyle and into the extraordinary places that his admirers have taken him. This icon of popular culture moves freely between the worlds of stage, screen, the comic arts, and much more.

This exhibit features items from the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, including books, manuscripts, music, graphic arts, TV, movie, and theatre memorabilia, advertising ephemera, and games.

Alternate Hotels

The rumours are true! There has been such a great response to Bouchercon 2017 that we will shortly run out of hotel rooms in the convention hotel.

However, until September 12th cancellations will revert to us! So, do check availability. Plus, there are still club rooms at $269 a night.

We don’t have specific alternate hotels. But don’t worry. The convention hotel is in the heart of downtown Toronto and there are dozens of hotels within easy (and flat!) walking distance [PDF]. For some, you don’t even have to walk outside!

We’ve made a list of about 40 hotels (and you can be sure we’ll have missed some) within a 20 minute walk. We excluded one star hotels, B&Bs and hostels. And if the walk was more than 20 minutes by even one minute we didn’t include it in our list. We did include a wide range of hotels, from two star to five star, and the hotels have a range of prices, too. The list is sorted by how close the hotels are to the convention hotel. At least four of the first six on the list are within eyesight of the convention hotel.

You can download our list of alternate hotels here [PDF].

Each listed hotel has the hotel name, the number of stars, the time to walk to the convention hotel, the address, nearest major intersection and web address.

But if you have any questions, or need help finding a roommate, drop our housing coordinator a line.

Crossing the border to Canada

We have a lot of people coming to Bouchercon from literally around the world!!

That means there will be a lot of people interfacing with customs/border officials. They have very stringent requirements regarding what they accept as valid travel documents and identification.

We have posted a bunch of helpful reference links under Travel/Border Crossing. Please take a few minutes to verify that you will be in compliance with the latest rules and regulations. We want you to have a hassle-free journey to our convention!!

PS – Our hotel and Bouchercon 2017 have a strict no guns policy. If we find you have one with you, both the hotel and Bouchercon 2017 will require you to leave.