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From the Airport…

There are tons of ways to get to the convention hotel! 

Then what?

If you are arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport and traveling to Sheraton Centre Toronto, you have several ground transportation options:

**All prices are in Canadian dollars. 

Taxis from the airport charge a fixed zonal fee. Uber fares are estimates; actual cost will depend on traffic, which is likely to be bad. One of the major arteries into Toronto is shut down for construction.

  1. Taxi: see Taxi fare estimatorTaxi fare estimate from YYJ to SheratonEstimate of Uber ride from YYZ to Sheraton
  2. Uber: see Uber fare estimator 
  3. Union Pearson Express (UP) Train to Union Station: $12.35 one-way, $24.70 round-trip (you pay by credit card at a kiosk or to the conductor on the train). Then either a 10 minute walk or a 5 minute cab ride.

If you use the UP (pronounced “yew-pea”) Train, you have three options to get to the hotel once you arrive at Union Station:

          1. Walk 0.6 mile (10 min)
            • Debark train and turn right. Walk down ramp toward “Union Station”
            • Enter the Great Hall – a beautiful Beaux-Art building.
            • Turn left to exit the building.
            • Turn right and walk East to Bay Street (gold glass office tower is on the North West corner)
            • Walk north along Bay Street to Queen Street. (You will pass the Ben McNally bookstore on the West side of the street!)
            • Bay Street bends left right at our Old City Hall Building at Queen Street.
            • Turn left (West) on Queen Street to the hotel’s entrance, which is just past the Tim Horton’s coffee shop.


          2. Take a subway ($3.25) – cash or Presto card
              • Union is a terminus station, so all subways go North
              • You can board either train: “University” line or the “Yonge” (pronounced “Young”) line

                map showing walk from Osgoode to Sheraton

                Osgoode station to Sheraton Hotel

              • If you board the University line, get off at “Osgoode” (2 stops, about 4 min). Take the escalator or the elevator to concourse/street level. When you get on the street walk East on Queen St. (2 min) to the hotel’s entrance. (The Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre is on the South East corner of University and Queen.)
              • map showing walk from Queen St station to Sheraton Hotel

                Queen station to Sheraton Hotel

                If you board the Yonge line, get off at “Queen” (2 stops, about 4 min) and when you get on the street, walk West on Queen St. (6 min) to the hotel’s entrance. (Saks Fifth Avenue is on the South West side of Yonge and Queen.)


    1. Take a taxi: $6-16 (depending on traffic)

A Registrant Asks…

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

Will there be a shipping service located in the book room?

Not in the book room, but in the hallway next to the hotel there will be an agent who is an authorized FedEx person. They are preparing for us!! 

EDIT: On Sunday, the FedEx office will be open until at least 5:00 p.m. They are located in the EAST hallway just off the main hotel reception area.  Walk past the Links Cafe, and down that hall, past the International News souvenir shop. They are on the right-hand side before you exit the doors.



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.