Accommodations

All the reserved rooms at the Royal York Hotel are now sold out.

We have arranged for a limited number of rooms to be available at the Strathcona Hotel, just across the street from the Royal York. The cost is $179 per room, and reservations must be made before August 22.  To book a room, please contact the Strathcona Hotel directly at 416-363-3321 or 800-268-8304, and mention "Exploration 07" as the group name to receive the conference rate.

Attractions

Visiting Toronto

 

Located in southern Ontario, Toronto, the 5th largest city in North America, is commonly referred to as the world’s most multicultural city. Natives and visitors alike enjoy the benefits of this rich cultural mosaic with more than 7,000 restaurants. Its skyline includes the CN Tower, a Modern Wonder of the World; beaches; parks and distinct neighbourhoods with inspiring surprises around every corner. Beyond the city limits are fabulous regional attractions such as Niagara Falls, a renowned wine region and many outdoor adventures. Toronto engages your imagination with an experience unlike any the world over.

Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake Wine Country

The Niagara Wine Route is one of the most scenic in the world. Winding through adjacent orchards and vineyards, the route encompasses more than 50 wineries, most featuring world famous Icewine.

Transportation

From the Airport to Downtown Hotels

The Lester B. Pearson International Airport is located 27 km (16 miles) of downtown Toronto. There are many ways to travel from and to the airport.

Shuttle Service – The Airport Express service, which runs from 4:55 a.m. to 12:55 a.m., departs every 20 or 30 minutes via Highway Coach to major centrally-located hotels such as the Fairmont Royal York. The Airport Express service from Terminal 1 to downtown Toronto departs from the Arrivals Level at Terminal 1, Post B3. Approximate travel time is 1 hour to 1.5 hours pending traffic and weather. The one-way fare is CAD 16.95 and the roundtrip fee is CAD 29.25.

Tickets can be purchased from the Airport Express Customer Service Desks, or book online at the Airport Express web site (save 10%):

Taxis – Taxis are readily available outside the terminal. The approximate fare to downtown Toronto, under normal conditions, is CAD 40.00 (inclusive of taxes and tip).

Downtown Public Transportation

Toronto Transit Commission – The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is the quick, convenient and safe way to get around Toronto. The subway system is linked with buses and streetcars to get you around Toronto on one fare, provided it’s a one-way trip with no stopovers. On weekdays and Saturdays, subway trains run every few minutes from about 6:00 a.m. until 1:30 a.m. On Sundays, they run from about 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Taxis – There are a number of different taxi companies in Toronto. Fares are standard, metered and non-negotiable. If your service was acceptable, a 10-15% tip is customary.