Welcome to Toronto – the largest city in Canada, on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario! Canada is constitutionally multicultural and the City of Toronto is cosmopolitan and international. The City’s motto is “Diversity Our Strength.” Fifty percent of the population was born outside of Canada and thirty percent speak a language other than English or French at home. Toronto’s 140 communities and more than 12,000 restaurants present a variety of cultures and culinary styles that is virtually inexhaustible.
There are over 150 pieces of public art in Toronto, including Douglas Coupland’s provocative monument to the War of 1812, located near the lake and the Powerplant Contemporary Art Gallery. Queen Street West, one of Toronto’s many gallery districts, has 300 eclectic galleries, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, and a Graffiti alley. A bit further south on King West is Art Metropole, an artist-run contemporary art center founded by AA Bronson and General Idea.
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) are amongst the largest museums in North America. There are over 120 other museums including the Bata Shoe Museum, the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts, and the Textile Museum of Canada. Four universities in the city offer degrees in art history, and the visual arts in many media. They also operate art galleries of varying size and complexity, of which the University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC) includes a permanent collection.
Toronto is recognized as the third largest theatre centre in the English-speaking world, after New York and London, with over 90 venues, including 50 ballet and dance companies, six opera companies, and two symphony orchestras.
For restaurants, shopping, and sites, See the Top of Toronto List.
For performances and exhibitions, see the Toronto Events List.
You can also visit us at the hospitality desk for directions or advice on selecting activities!
Pearson International Airport – direct flights from most US cities.
- Express bus ($23.95 one way/$39.95 return, Sheraton Centre Hotel is stop #5): http://www.torontoairportexpress.com/
- Taxi ($50–60 each way + tip, available at stands near airport terminal entrances): http://www.torontopearson.com/en/toandfrom/taxilimo/
- Public Transit ($3.00 or more depending on route) http://www3.ttc.ca/Riding_the_TTC/Airport_service.jsp
The Toronto Island Billy Bishop Airport – direct flights from Boston, Chicago Midway and Newark. This airport is closest to the conference hotel and is accessed by a short ferry ride across the lake (free).
- Taxi ($20.00–$25.00 each way, available at ferry terminal entrance).
- Airport Shuttle (free, pick up/drop off at the NE corner of Front St. and York St., a 15 minute walk from the hotel) http://www.torontoport.com/Airport/Getting-To.aspx
- Public Transit: ($3.00, from Airport take 509 Harbourfront Streetcar to Union Station for Subway Line connections; hotel is close to both Queen Subway station on the Yonge Line, or Osgoode Subway station on the University Line) http://www.torontoport.com/Airport/Getting-To.aspx
Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Buffalo, NY
It may be less costly for American members to fly to Buffalo, NY, and then take ground transportation to Toronto.
Consider signing up for the preconference tour, Buffalo: Architectural Treasures and Contemporary Art. Meet the group in Buffalo and take the tour bus to Toronto. Bus far is included in the cost of the tour; price for the tour is the same whether you take the full round trip from Toronto, or pick up the tour in Buffalo and return with it to Toronto.
• Visit http://www.buffaloairport.com/Carriers/asp for a listing of airlines flying into Buffalo Airport
• Visit http://www.buffaloairport.com/GroundTransportation.asp for a list of buses, shuttles and taxis offering service to Canada
• Buffalo Airport has 6 rental car companies on-site
• Buffalo Airport is about 2 hours from downtown Toronto by car
• By bus the trip takes between 2.5-3.25 hours