Attractions & Activities

General Tourism Sites

Tap Into Toronto
Free visits to Toronto’s vibrant neighbourhoods and themed districts so you can discover the real Toronto
www.toronto.ca/tapto/about.htm

Art Gallery of Ontario
www.ago.net

Casa Loma
www.casaloma.org

CN Tower
www.cntower.ca

Dining / Restaurants
www.torontolife.com

Distillery District
thedistillerydistrict.com

Gardiner Museum
www.gardinermuseum.on.ca

Historic Fort York
www.toronto.ca/culture/
fort_york.htm

Hockey Hall of Fame
www.hhof.com

Mackenzie House & Recreated Print Shop
www.toronto.ca/culture/
mackenzie_house.htm

Musical Theatre (purchase tickets online)
www.ticketking.com

Niagara Falls
www.tourismniagara.com

Ontario Place
www.ontarioplace.com

Ontario Science Centre
www.ontariosciencecentre.ca

Professional Sports: Major League Baseball (purchase tickets online)
bluejays.mlb.com

Royal Ontario Museum
www.rom.on.ca

Toronto Island Park
www.toronto.ca
Ferry Schedule
www.city.toronto.on.ca

Toronto Symphony
www.tso.ca

Toronto Zoo
www.torontozoo.com

University of Toronto Tours
www.utoronto.ca

Useful Info For Your Stay

CLIMATE
Long, bright, sunny days are expected at this time of year in Toronto. Average daytime high temperatures are in the low 20°s C (low 70°’s F), while evening temperatures can be as low as 10° C (50° F). A sports jacket or light coat is recommended. The meeting facilities and guest rooms are equipped with air conditioning. For more information on Toronto weather, please go to Environment Canada.

CREDIT CARDS
Most American credit cards are honored in Canada. Most US ATM (banking machine) cards can be used in Canada. Money will be disbursed in Canadian funds and converted to US dollars on your bank statement.

CURRENCY
Canadian currency is in dollars and cents. Please check the current exchange rate before travelling. Banks are generally closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Several options are available for currency exchange and bank machines are available at Lester B. Pearson Airport and at the hotel. US currency is widely accepted. See www.bankofcanada.ca for current rates of exchange.

DRIVER’S LICENCES
American State driver’s licences are valid in Canada for varying periods of time, as legislated by individual provinces and territories. The 1949 International Driving Permit is also valid but it must be accompanied at all times by the visitor’s State or National driver’s licence.

ELECTRICAL CURRENT
110 Volts, 60 cycles AC (same as the U.S.).

INSURANCE
Participants are strongly urged to take out personal, medical and travel insurance prior to travelling.

LANGUAGE
English is the dominant language used in Toronto.

OFFICIAL LETTERS OF INVITATION
Official letters of invitation to help overcome administrative difficulties in some countries can be sent by the Conference Secretariat upon written request. These letters do not commit the Organizing Committee to any financial obligation. Contact: jessica.black@utoronto.ca

SMOKING POLICY
Smoking is prohibited in all conference meeting rooms.

TIME ZONES
Toronto is on Eastern Time (5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time).

Canada has six time zones:
1. Newfoundland (3.5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time)
2. Atlantic (4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time)
3. Eastern (5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time)
4. Central (6 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time)
5. Mountain (7 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time)
6. Pacific (8 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time)

TIPPING
Tips or service charges are not usually added to a bill in Canada. In general, a tip of up to 15% of the sub-total (before taxes) is given. This applies to waiters, waitresses, barbers, hairdressers, taxi drivers, etc.

TORONTO AIRPORT
www.gtaa.com
Lester B. Pearson International Airport (LBPIA) is located 27 km (16 miles) northwest of downtown Toronto.

  • Airport Express (bus service from Airport to Toronto Hotels)
    www.torontoairportexpress.com

    VISAS
    Visitors require a valid passport, and many require a visitor’s visa. For information on visa requirements and exemptions please check with the nearest Canadian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate.

    For further information please go to:www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.html and click on the section “To Visit” from the menu on the left. While attendees from the USA do not require a passport in order to travel to Canada, it is strongly recommended, as photo identification is required. Proof of citizenship must be provided.