Location & Travel

Local Transportation and Sightseeing

Toronto is located in Southern Ontario on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario on a broad sloping plateau interspersed with rivers, deep ravines, and urban forest. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and is a dynamic cosmopolitan metropolis with a core of soaring skyscrapers, all dwarfed by the iconic, free-standing CN Tower. Toronto also has many green spaces, from the orderly oval of Queen’s Park to 400-acre High Park and its trails, sports facilities and zoo.

Getting to Downtown Toronto

Arriving from the airport

If you are arriving by plane, you can take a car, a taxi, a train, or public transit from Pearson International Airport or the Toronto Island Airport.

The UP Express travels between Union Station downtown and Toronto Pearson International Airport every 15 minutes. The  journey takes about 25 minutes and costs about $12CAD. If you purchase a re-loadable Presto Card, you can pay for both UP express and the TTC subway/streetcar with that card.

Public transit is cheaper but takes longer. If you are taking public transit from Pearson International Airport, you have a choice of four TTC bus routes:

If you are arriving very late at night or very early in the morning, public transit may be limited. To get to downtown Toronto late at night, take the 300A Bloor-Danforth bus from the airport to Bloor and Yonge (which is minutes away from campus) and catching a taxi from there to your final destination.

Taxis are typically $70CAD to downtown.

If you are flying Porter Airlines and decide to take public transit from the Toronto Island Airport :

  • The Porter shuttle bus stops at the north-east corner of Front Street and York Street.
  • Cross to the south side of Front Street and enter Union subway station.
  • Take the University-Spadina line subway northbound to St. George subway station.

Arriving from the Coach Terminal bus station

When arriving by bus, you can either walk (19 minutes) or take a taxi (5 minutes) from the Toronto Coach Terminal.

Arriving from Union Station

All Toronto-bound trains (Via Rail and GO Transit) arrive at Union Station located at the foot of the city. You can either take a taxi to our downtown campus or travel by subway:

  • Enter Union TTC subway station.
  • Catch the University-Spadina line 1 subway northbound to Queen’s Park station.
Sightseeing in/near Toronto

While the conference organizers are not coordinating any guided sightseeing options, below is a list of a few recommended options for you to look into for self-directed exploration.

  • CN Tower – tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, and an interesting engineering marvel
  • Niagara Falls (90 minute drive/train from Toronto)
  • Toronto Islands (by ferry)
  • Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Museums: Art Gallery of Ontario; Royal Ontario Museum; Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
  • Fort York: See where the invading American army was repelled in the War of 1812
  • Major League Baseball: Toronto Blue Jays versus Detroit Tigers
  • Dinner/beer in the Distillery District
  • Kensington Market: A lively bohemian neighborhood of interesting shops, restaurants, and people-watching near campus