About 75% of our registrants are coming from outside Canada! So naturally they have lots of questions about what to expect.
- program/schedule-related questions are answered in our “A Registrant Asks…” series of blog posts.
- questions on currency, banks, electricity, taxes, postal service, etc is being updated regularly. Feel free to reach out via Twitter, Facebook, or email with any questions!
There are many ways to get to Toronto, the largest city in Canada!
[NOTE: PLEASE REVIEW the travel documents/customs requirements for entering Canada – things may have changed!!]
- Issues around border crossings/customs: our web page, blog post #1, blog post #2
- Inform your credit card company that you will be in Toronto. Some may need that as part of their “anti-fraud” algorithm.
- Check your cell phone plan. If it is not already covered, you can usually buy an “add-on” for international travel.
Our major international airport is Toronto Pearson International Airport and is located about 30 km (20 miles) northwest of the downtown core.
There are several ways to get into the city from the airport:
- the UP (Union-Pearson) Express : $12.35 one way, (plus a 10–15 minute walk to the hotel, or 2 stops away on the subway (see TTC info), or a 5 minute cab ride). Click here for detailed BLOG POST on getting to the hotel using the UP Train.
- Ground transport: Car rentals/taxis/limos : Limousines and taxis are zoned fares and cost approx. C$60
- Public transport: TTC (the name of the Toronto transit system) : we have a plastic card system called “Presto” that you purchase and load with the amount you need; check here for the cash fare value as this will be subject to change.
We also have the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, a regional airport located on the Toronto Island, minutes from the downtown core. There are free shuttles to take you to the corner of York and Front Street.
Our major train hub is the beautiful Beaux-Art style Union Station, the busiest transportation facility in Canada. There are several companies that run trains into Union Station, the primary one being VIA Rail (national) and GO Trains (regional). If you are coming from outside Canada, check with your regional train service for destinations to Toronto.
There are many car rental companies located at the airport. However, once you are in the downtown core (where the Bouchercon hotel is located) you will not need a car as all the Toronto sights and conference events are within easy walking or transit distance. If you want to take a cab, there are plenty parked at the hotel, roaming the streets, and we do have Uber.
Where to Park
If you will be driving, be aware that traffic in downtown Toronto is often congested and parking can be expensive. The closest parking is in the City Hall (Nathan Phillips Square) parking garage (110 Queen Street West) across the street from the Sheraton Hotel. There is also an entrance from the north side of the hotel on Queen Street. It is also attached to the hotel by an underground walkway. The cost is C$21.00 max for 24 hours (and there are no in/out privileges; pay each time you leave).
Valet Parking is available for C$50/day (there are 250 spots)
Parking lots in the city are usually indicated by a big green “P” in a circle (called “Green P parking”). Here is a link to other parking spots nearby: http://parking.greenp.com/find-parking/?a=123+Queen+St.+West