Travel

As Canada's largest city, Toronto is easy to access by virtually any method of transportation. We've provided this page to help you with planning your travels. Links to other websites are provided for information purposes only.

Crossing The Border?
Driving Directions
Flying To Toronto
Travelling by Bus or Train
Public Transportation in Toronto

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Crossing The Border?

If you are travelling from another country, make sure that you have a valid passport so that you can enter Canada. If you currently don't have a passport, make sure to apply as early as possible.

Depending on your country of origin, you may also require a visa to enter Canada. For more information on entering Canada, including a list of countries with visa requirements, we recommend you visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada's website.

All travelers will be required to proceed through Customs (Canada Border Services Agency) when entering Canada. For more information, visit the CBSA's website.

As of July 2014, a Canadian dollar is worth roughly $0.90-$0.95 USD (click here for up-to-date exchange rates). US currency will generally be accepted at most establishments, as will foreign credit cards. Currency exchange services are available at the airport and elsewhere.

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Driving Directions

If you want to navigate to the convention using your GPS, the Sheraton is located at 801 Dixon Road, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The routes provided below are normally the fastest way to get to the hotel, but any route may be delayed or obstructed by construction, weather, or accidents.

Information on road conditions and incidents is available through the Ontario Ministry of Transportation website or by calling 511 on your cellphone. Check on road conditions before and during your travels, and allow yourself plenty of time to travel.

From eastern Canada (Ottawa, Montreal):

  • From Montreal, travel west on A-20. From Ottawa, travel south on Highway 416.
  • Both roads merge onto Highway 401. Travel west on Highway 401 all the way to Toronto.
  • Exit Highway 401 at exit 354 (Dixon Road / Martin Grove Road). Keep to the left for Dixon Road.
  • Turn left at Skyway Avenue, then turn right into the Sheraton parking lot.

From Niagara Peninsula, eastern US (Hamilton, Niagara Falls, Buffalo):

  • There are three border crossings at Niagara. We recommend the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge, accessed via Interstate 190. (Current cash toll is $3.50 US or $3.75 Canadian).
  • Interstate 190 becomes Highway 405 in Ontario, which merges into the QEW (Queen Elizabeth Way). Continue to follow all signage for "QEW Toronto".
  • Exit onto Highway 427 north at exit 139.
  • Exit onto Highway 27 north.
  • Take the second right exit onto Dixon Road westbound.
  • Turn left at Skyway Avenue, then turn right into the Sheraton parking lot.

From western Ontario, midwest US (London, Windsor, Detroit):

  • There are three border crossings from Michigan. We recommend the Blue Water Bridge crossing between Port Huron and Sarnia, accessed via Interstate 94. (Current cash toll entering Canada is $3.00 US or Canadian).
  • Interstate 94 becomes Highway 402 in Ontario, which merges onto Highway 401 east just before London. Continue to follow highway 401.
  • Exit Highway 401 at exit 354 (Dixon Road / Martin Grove Road). Turn left at the traffic lights at the bottom of the ramp.
  • Turn left at Skyway Avenue, then turn right into the Sheraton parking lot.

From northern Ontario (North Bay, Sudbury):

  • From Sudbury, travel south on Highway 69 (which becomes Highway 400 at Parry Sound). From North Bay, travel south on Highway 11.
  • At Barrie, Highways 11 and 400 merge together. Continue to follow Highway 400 to Toronto.
  • At Toronto, exit onto Highway 401 west.
  • Exit Highway 401 at exit 354 (Dixon Road / Martin Grove Road). Keep to the left for Dixon Road.
  • Turn left at Skyway Avenue, then turn right into the Sheraton parking lot.

Driving Cautions

  • Highway 401 is one of the busiest freeways in North America, especially through Toronto. Avoid travel during rush hour (6 - 10 am, 3 - 7 pm) if at all possible, as you will be significantly slowed down.
  • The Express Toll Route (407 ETR) is a less congested alternative to highway 401. It is a toll road with no booths — if you take the road you will receive a bill in the mail after they photograph your plate. Your GPS will probably direct you to Highway 407 unless you select "Avoid Toll Roads". Watch out for blue "407 ETR" signage and avoid it if you don't want a bill later.

When you arrive, your most convenient option for parking is at the hotel itself. The rate is $7.50 per day — just ask for the rate at the front desk when checking in.

A number of other parking options are available along Dixon Road, but they tend to be more geared for airport travellers who are staying long-term and are also more expensive. We therefore don't recommend them.

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Flying To Toronto

Most domestic and international flights to Toronto arrive at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), which is served by a number of airlines.

Pearson Airport has two terminals: Terminal 1 and Terminal 3, so make sure to check which terminal you're arriving at or departing from. Note that if you are returning through the United States by air through Pearson Airport, you will "preclear" US Customs prior to your departure.

The Sheraton is only a short distance (about 4 km) from the airport, and rental car services are available at each of the terminals. The Sheraton also runs a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport every half hour; when booking your stay, please inquire with them for more details.

Flights are also available to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ), located near downtown on Toronto Island. You will have to catch a ferry across to the mainland and then seek public transportation to get to the hotel (see "Public Transportation" above).

Please check with your airline for checked baggage weight restrictions, as well as making sure you adhere to all security screening regulations. Canadian regulations regarding liquids and gels in carry-on baggage are identical to international standards (3 ounces / 100 mL containers in a 1 quart / 1 litre plastic bag).

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Travelling by Bus or Train

Intercity bus services to Toronto, including Greyhound (Canada / United States) and Coach Canada, arrive at the Toronto Coach Terminal on 610 Bay Street. The terminal is connected by underground tunnel to Dundas Station on the subway (see "Public Transportation" below). For more information, contact the Toronto Coach Terminal at (416) 393-7911.

Intercity train services, including Via Rail and Amtrak arrive at Union Station on 65 Front Street West in downtown Toronto. Union Station is Toronto's most prominent transportation link; from here, you can utilize Toronto's public transit system to get to the Sheraton. Again, refer to "Public Transportation", or contact the Travellers' Aid Society at Union Station at (416) 366-7788.

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Public Transportation in Toronto

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is Toronto's primary public transportation provider, offering a combination of streetcar, bus, and subway services. The current adult cash fare is $3.00, tickets and tokens are $2.70 each (sold in 3 or 7) and transfers are free.

You can reach the hotel from downtown by taking the following route, which takes approximately an hour:

  • Take the Yonge-University-Spadina subway (yellow line) to Lawrence West station.
  • Take the 52 Lawrence West bus (52A or 52B on weekdays, 52A or 52D on weekends).
  • Get off at the Attwell Drive / Skyway Avenue stop immediately in front of the Sheraton.
  • Note: Unlike in prior years, the 58 Malton bus no longer runs.

Simply reverse these steps to return in the other direction.

GO Transit also provides public transportation to the Greater Toronto Area and surrounding suburbs with bus and train service. We suggest you obtain the appropriate GO schedules and route maps online from your location, then travel to Union Station. Follow the signage to the TTC subway, and then follow the directions above.

Taxi service is also readily accessible anywhere in Toronto, especially from the downtown area. You should expect to spend approximately $50-60 Canadian to travel from downtown to the hotel.

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