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Destination Information

Toronto, Canada

Toronto, the capital of the province of Ontario, is a major Canadian city along Lake Ontario’s northwestern shore. It’s a dynamic 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. 

Visa Requirements

For the most up-to-date information on visa exemptions, application requirements andprocessing times, please visit the website of the Government of Canada:
https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada.html

Children 15 years of age and under are now required to show proof of citizenship (a certified copy of their birth certificate is acceptable). They are not required to show photo ID. If you are travelling with children, you should carry identification for each child. Divorced parents who share custody of their children should carry copies of the legal custody documents. Adults who are not parents or guardians should have written permission from the parents or guardians to supervise the children. When travelling with a group of vehicles, parents or guardians should travel in the same vehicle as the children when arriving at the border. Customs officers are looking for missing children and may ask questions about the children who are travelling with you.

Congress Venue

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

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123 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5H 2M9 Canada

Centrally located across from City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel is surrounded by Toronto’s top attractions and dining venues. Whether rain or shine, you can get to where you need to be in minutes – our hotel is directly connected to the PATH, a 15-mile underground network of shops, restaurants and services. Spend an afternoon shopping at CF Toronto Eaton Centre, a 5-minute walk from our hotel. Throughout the year, sports fans can enjoy access to major stadiums and arenas, including Scotiabank Arena, Rogers Centre and BMO Field. Arts and entertainment enthusiasts can check out the Ed Mirvish Theatre or the iconic Art Gallery of Ontario. More information: https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/yyztc-sheraton-centre-toronto-hotel/overview/

Rooms have been secured at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel a discounted group rate. The booking link can be accessed after completing the congress registration.

Tourism Toronto

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Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

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MASSEY HALL

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CN Tower

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Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

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Destination Toronto

Travel Guide

Getting There

Toronto is an international destination of choice, easily accessed by land, water and air (downtown is a mere 25 minutes from the Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ).

By Plane
Toronto is accessible via two airports, the Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ)

Air Canada is your best choice to Toronto with the most non-stop flights and access from over 190 cities worldwide.

Air Canada is offering ISDE delegates discount toward the airfare for travel to Toronto for the 19th ISDE World Congress for Esophageal Diseases. Use the following promotional code when searching for flights on aircanada.com: MB8HP9T1

The promo code offers 10% off Standard fare and 15% off fares Flex and above. The code is valid for flights at Toronto YYZ airport that take place 7 days pre and post ISDE.

By Car
Compared to other popular cities around the world, where a car is not recommended for getting around, using a car to get around Toronto is an acceptable option. Toronto’s streets are well-laid-out, so it is relatively simple to navigate Toronto’s streets and highways. However, it is still not recommended to get around downtown Toronto by car if you are a tourist.

In Toronto, pedestrians always have the right of way. You must stop for pedestrians. Yellow–orange overhead bars marked with black X’s indicate and often school zone. You should also look out for signs that take effect at specific times, often during rush hour where parking is prohibited and turns as well as lanes are reserved for buses and taxis. These areas are usually marked with white diamond shapes.

Learn more at https://gotourismguides.com/toronto/getting-around-toronto-by-car/

By Train
The VIA Rail network connects many major cities to Toronto, and it is by far the easiest way to access downtown. You can bring your bike on certain VIA Rail trains too.

Learn more at https://www.viarail.ca/en/explore-our-destinations/stations/ontario/toronto/station

By Public Transport
Toronto’s public bus system is run primarily by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), which is responsible for Toronto’s public transportation system. The system is available 24 hours a day, and during nights, limited routes are operated with different routes. With over 140 routes in operation, Toronto’s bus system attracts over 400 million riders each year. The Sheraton Hotel is located near the Queen and Osgoode Stations.

Learn more at https://www.gotransit.com/en/stations-stops-parking/union-station-bus-terminal

UP Express
Upon arrival at Pearson International Airport, you can take the UP Express to Union Station in downtown Toronto. Trains run between 5:00 am and 11:00 pm every 30 minutes (every 15 minutes during rush hours). Tickets are CAD 13.00 per person one-way.

Learn more at https://www.upexpress.com/

Ride Sharing Services
Uber and Lyft operate in the city of Toronto and are readily available

Taxis
Taxis are readily available at the front of the hotel.

Limousine
Please contact Bloomingdale to book private transportation.

 

Language
In Toronto, the official Canadian languages – English and French – are spoken.
Weather

The fall shoulder season (September–November) is best for taking in spectacular colors. With pleasant weather, rich autumn colors and fewer crowds at major sites, fall is one of the best times to visit Toronto. In September, daily high temperatures are typically between 54°F and 81°F (12°C-27°C). Daily low temperatures remain between 40°F and 68°F (4°C-20°C).

The biggest part of Canada has a continental climate, although average winter and summer high temperatures across Canada vary according to the location. Winters can be harsh in many regions of the country, particularly in the interior and Prairie provinces, which experience a continental climate. In these areas the daily average temperatures can be near 5°F (-15°C) but can even drop below -40°C (-40°F) with severe wind chills. In noncoastal regions, snow can cover the ground almost six months of the year.

Currency
The Canadian dollar is the currency of Canada. It is abbreviated with the dollar sign $, CAD or Can$. It is divided into 100 cents. Many restaurants and shops accept payment in US.
Tipping
For most places in Canada, standard tipping at places that provide services will run you about 15 to 20 per cent. In Quebec (the province Montreal is located), tipping culture is slightly different, with tipping standards nearing 25 per cent to show appreciation for good service and food.
For travel information for other parts of Canada, please visit Destination Canada.