Travel Stuff

About 75% of our registrants are coming from outside Canada! So naturally they have lots of questions about what to expect.

Getting Here

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. 

Airports

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:

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.

Trains

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.

Car Rentals

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

Regional Buses

There are several intercity coach bus services (e.g., Greyhound, Megabus) that have a terminal in downtown Toronto (Bay and Dundas Street, a 10 minute walk to the Bouchercon hotel).