INTERSECTIONS • October 22-25, 2015

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Note that all prices are in Canadian currency. The Canadian dollar is currently worth about 3/4 of the American dollar, meaning that NWAV visitors coming from the U.S. will find their money going a longer way than usual. For an updated and precise figure, please refer to an exchange-rate site such as XE.

Getting to Toronto

By air: Toronto has two major airports (the collective IATA code is YTO):

Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ), on the western outskirts of the city, is served by Air Canada, WestJet, U.S. Airways, American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta, and a variety of intercontinental airlines. Flights to Pearson are available from all over Canada, 43 destinations in the United States, and major cities worldwide. The new Union-Pearson Express train runs to Union Station for $27.50 one-way (or $53.00 round-trip) per adult. A taxi from Pearson to downtown Toronto costs between $50 and $75 and takes between 45 minutes and an hour. Public transportation is also an option: it costs $3 to take the 192 Airport Rocket bus to the Kipling subway station, transfer (for free) onto the Bloor-Danforth subway line, and travel east to downtown. This combined trip typically takes between 50 and 90 minutes, depending primarily on how frequently the buses are running.

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) (also known as the City Centre Airport) is located in downtown Toronto. The airport is served primarily by Porter Airlines, which flies here from a handful of cities across Ontario, Québec, the Atlantic provinces, and the eastern United States. Air Canada also provides a connection to Montréal. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport currently provides free shuttle service to the Royal York Hotel, across the street from Union Station. There are also streetcars ($3 per ride) that travel north (511 Bathurst) and east/west (509 Harbourfront). Taxis are an additional option.

By train: Toronto is well-connected to railway routes. VIA Rail offers direct links to Montréal, Ottawa, Sarnia, Windsor, Niagara Falls, and various points in between. Amtrak's daily Maple Leaf service originates in New York City and travels through upstate New York and around Lake Ontario to Toronto. Union Station is in the centre of the city and contains a subway station. Taxis from Union Station are available along Front Street West.

By bus: Greyhound offers routes leading in every direction, including into the United States. A second service, Megabus, travels to/from Montréal, Kingston, Niagara Falls, Buffalo, and a handful of smaller towns; its fares are cheap for early bookings. The Toronto Coach Terminal is located in the city centre, on Bay Street between two subway stations.

Getting to the University of Toronto

For an overview with maps, check our local orientation guide (PDF).

The downtown (St. George) campus of the U of T is located just north of the downtown core of the city: here is a link to a Google Map centered on Hart House. Located adjacent to Queen's Park, Hart House is accessible by road via Wellesley Street West (to Hart House Circle) or College Street (through King's College Circle to Hart House Circle). Note that parking is difficult to find on campus and thus bringing a car to Hart House is not recommended.

Alternative ways of getting to campus include:

Taxis: Leading taxi companies include: Beck Taxi (416-751-5555, or online), Diamond Taxi (416-366-6868 or online), and Crown Taxi (416-240-0000 or online). An alternative is Uber, which is well-established in the city. Taxis can also be hailed spontaneously on major streets.

Human power: The downtown core of the city is compact enough that visitors physically capable of walking and biking small to medium distances might find these to be perfectly reasonable options. Google Maps and its equivalents can provide estimated walking times. Bike Share Toronto and Ride the City provide information on renting bikes and biking in Toronto.

Public transportation: There are many options, all operated by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), as follows:

Subway: Four subway stations lie on the perimeter of the campus. Hart House is located between the Queen's Park and Museum stations on the western branch of the Yonge-University-Spadina line. The St. George and Spadina stations also adjoin the campus and provide connections to the Bloor-Danforth subway line. If you are starting at Union Station, look for subway trains going Northbound to Downsview. Trains run every 3 to 6 minutes from about 6 AM to about 1:20 AM, except on Sundays when they start around 9 AM. See below for payment details.

At the St. George Station, exit on the west side (St. George St.) if you are going to the Holiday Inn or Sidney Smith Hall. The St. George St. or the Bedford St. (east side) are about the same distance from Hart House.

Streetcars: The 510 Spadina streetcar line runs along Spadina Avenue on the western edge of the campus, with trains arriving every 5 to 10 minutes. The north terminus is inside the Spadina subway station. The 506 Carlton streetcar operates on College Street along the south edge of the campus. The 94 Wellesley bus runs about every 15 minutes between two subway stations on the Bloor-Danforth line and stops inside the campus along Harbord Street/Hoskin Avenue.

Paying TTC fares: Crossing the turnstile in a subway station requires $3 in exact change or a token; tokens can be purchased at the window or from a machine where available. Boarding a bus or a streetcar on the street also costs $3 in exact change or one token. Transferring from one mode of transportation to another within a subway station can be done freely, but doing so out on the street requires a paper transfer pass (picked up where you paid your fare). Day-passes on the TTC system are available for $11.50 each; if a person is making more than three trips on the TTC within a day, buying a day-pass is the cheapest option.

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