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The Seventeenth International Conference on
Toronto's Official Website.
Orientation: The city is located on the north-western shore of
Public Transit: Getting around the city is very easy by public transit (called the TTC). There are subways, buses and streetcars. When entering the TTC you pay a fare and can obtain a slip of paper called a transfer (either from the bus or streetcar driver or from a red machine in subway station entrances). A transfer allows you to transfer from one TTC vehicle to another any number of times and is valid as long as you are making one continuous journey, in one direction, without stopovers. If you pay cash (with exact change), a trip fare is $2.75. At the entrance to any subway station, you can buy 5 tokens for $11.25 ($2.25 per ride), or a weekly pass (valid for unlimited use from Monday to Sunday) for $32.25. TTC also offers one day passes for $9. A day pass allows for unlimited one-day travel on all regular TTC services. On Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays, one day pass can be used for 2 adults and up to 4 children/youths 19 age or younger.
Weather: The average daily maximum temperature in October
is 14C and the average daily minimum is 7C. For more information about
Telephones: To call direct to international locations, dial
011 followed by the country code. (To dial within
Currency: The currency is the Canadian dollar (currency conversions). ATMs are available everywhere, and Mastercard, Visa and American Express credit cards are accepted in most shops and restaurants. It's customary to tip waiters (about 15%) and cab drivers. In shops and restaurants, advertised prices do not include provincial sales tax (8%) and the goods and services tax (5%), which apply to almost all items (but not all).
The free weekly Now magazine includes extensive listings and reviews of events going on in town. Get it from the green newspaper boxes on streets. Eye magazine (yellow newspaper boxes) is another free weekly paper that also has listings.
Tourism site has lots of information about
· Queen Street West: Restaurants, cafes, bars and shops make Queen St a major tourist attraction.
The Distillery District:
Galleries, restaurants, craft stores, etc. all located in the beautiful brick
lined streets of the largest collection of 19th century industrial
Kensington Market: Funky shops.
South of College St., west of
· Greektown: Greek restaurants, etc. Along the Danforth near Pape subway station.
The Annex: Tree-lined
streets with Victorian homes, nice restaurants along
Expensive shops and art galleries. Just north of
West: lots of small art galleries, etc. Along
Victorian houses. It's centered around
Bloor West Village: Nice little
shops and restaurants. Centre of Ukrainian community. Along
Boardwalk along the shore, parks, small shops. Along
The centre of
· Royal Ontario Museum: general collection (history and life sciences), including newly opened wing designed by Daniel Liebeskind. At Museum subway station.
· Across the street is the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art.
· Unfortunately, the Art Gallery of Ontario is currently closed for renovations. The gallery opens November 14th, 2008.
· But the McMichael Canadian Art Collection is open. It's the best collection of Group of Seven paintings, as well as other Canadian art, in a lovely setting just outside of the city.
· Bata Shoe Museum: Where else can you find a museum devoted entirely to shoes? Located at St George subway station.
There are lots
of cinemas, including a couple of repertory cinemas, in downtown
· The CN Tower (visible from most places downtown) provides a fantastic view of the city. The main event of the conference will take place at the Horizons Cafe located in the CN Tower.
· Harbourfront: arts, music, theatre by the lake. Walk southwest from Union Station.
· The Ontario Science Centre: A science museum, good for kids.
· The Hockey Hall of Fame: Shrine to the national sport. Near King subway station.
Casa Loma: a hundred-year-old,
hundred-room castle in downtown
· The Design Exchange: a small but nice design museum. Near King subway station.
· Fort York: a 200-year-old fort near the lake, west of Bathurst St.
High Park is one of the
nicest parks in
· Toronto Zoo is also worth a visit.
See neighbourhood listings above, but also:
Eaton Centre: glass-enclosed
shopping centre with all the usual stores. Stretches between
West: the stretch of
· Yorkdale Mall: very large mall with all the usual stores. Yorkdale subway station.
You can travel
to nearby major cities by train:
The Ontario Tourism site has information about the whole province.
(*) Most of the information presented here
was recycled from the websites of previous conferences held in