World Congress of Probability and Statistics
July 11-15, 2016

hosted by the Fields Institute, Toronto



 Traveling to Toronto
 

Getting Here

Located on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario, farther south than Minnesota and much of Michigan, Toronto is one of the most accessible cities in North America by road, air, rail. We are only a one hour drive away for about five million Canadians, and within a 90-minute flight for 60 per cent of the U.S. population.

Entering Canada

As of June 1, 2009, everyone from every country that comes to Canada by
air, land and sea needs a passport or equivalent travel document. Permanent residents (who are not citizens) need their alien-registration card and passport. (Some exceptions apply to children's passport requirements)
http://gocanada.about.com/od/canadatraveloverview/qt/uscitizenborder.htm
Citizens from all countries other than the US must have a valid passport, and in some cases a visitor visa may be required.
Customs Information
Canadian customs regulations apply for all personal and business travel into Canada. For most travelers, they may clear customs with their personal goods and belongings at the airport in Toronto. Please check your local customs regulations if you are planning on taking Canadian purchases home with you.

Arriving by Air

Toronto City Centre Airport
Located on the western tip of a series of islands in Toronto Harbour, the island airport handles scheduled, private and corporate flights. Major airlines operating from the island include Air Ontario, Trans Capital Airlines and Grand Aviation. Call 416-203-6942.
Air Canada and many US and international carriers provide direct flights to Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from major cities in North and South America, Europe, the Orient, and the Pacific Rim. Lester B. Pearson International Airport is located just west of the city, the airport is accessible from highways 401, 427 and 409. You can check the status of your flight schedule here.
Transporation From the Airport
The downtown Toronto hotels are approximately 13 km (8 miles) from Lester B. Pearson International Airport.

Bus service to and from Airport by Public Tansit
The TTC, Toronto's public transit, also provides Airport Service and is the least expensive method of getting to and from downtown Toronto.
Here's bus service from the Airport to TTC Kipling Station take "192 Airport Rocket"
Service all day, every day, between Kipling Station and Pearson Airport.
Provides fully-accessible bus service. Buses stop only at Kipling station, Terminal 3 (Arrivals Level), and Terminal 2 (Arrivals Level). Ask a transportation officer fo rthe location of the bus stop.
Service operates from approximately 5:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., seven days a week. One-way travel time to the subway is approx. 20 minutes.
The closest subway station to Fields is 'Spadina' , at the Spadina Station take the street car South to College Street. Fields is east on College at 222 College Street.
See this link for maps and schedules: http://www.city.toronto.on.ca/ttc/service_to_airport.htm

By Limousine/Taxi: Limousines are marginally cheaper than taxis for the trip downtown. Both the Taxis and the Limousines can be located immediately outside any airport terminal on the Arrivals Level. You can reserve a Limousine by:
Airport Services (1-800-263-6135)
Air Flight Services (1-800-268-6843)
The trip downtown could take from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours
The fixed-rate taxi/limo fares to downtown are about CAD$50 to Fields.

By the Airport Express Bus: The airporter bus travels from the airport to the Delta Chelsea hotel. From there you can transfer to the Mid-Town connector or a taxi which will take you to the University of Toronto campus, Victoria University, Massey College and the Quality Hotel on Bloor. Kiosks are located outside any airport terminal on the Arrivals level. (Terminal #1-Post #7; Terminal #2-Post #7; Terminal #3-Post #29). The tickets cost $12.50 one-way or $21.50 return. These buses will take at least 50 minutes to get downtown, depending on traffic. In order to transfer to the Public Transportation Subway System (locally known as the TTC) you can take the Airport Express to Islington Station.
See: http://www.torontoairportexpress.com/

Arriving by Car

Whether approaching Toronto by car or by bus, the traveller will reach Toronto by one of several major routes paralleling the shore of Lake Ontario. Highways 401 and 2, and the Queen Elizabeth Way, enter Toronto from the west. Highways 401 and 2 also enter Toronto from the east. Hwy 400 runs from the north and connects with Hwy 401. Major bus routes converge in Toronto. Out-of-town buses arrive and depart from the Bus Terminal, located at 610 Bay St. Service to/from points all over Ontario, Canada and the U.S. National and regional bus lines serve the Greater Toronto area. Call (416) 393-7911 for bus company fares and schedules.

Arriving by Rail

Toronto is served by the VIA Rail System, the network that provides all rail service throughout Canada (with connections to the Amtrak system through Niagara Falls, New York). Trains arrive at Union Station in downtown Toronto.Union Station is located on Front Street, between Bay and University (across the street from the Royal York Hotel). The station is right on Toronto's subway line ( locally known as the TTC), and is within walking distance of Rogers Centre,the CN Tower, the financial district and many downtown hotels, shops and restaurants. There are also taxis available outside Union Station

Arriving by Bus:


Buses arrive at the downtown Toronto Bus Terminal at Bay and Dundas. You can connect directly with the Public Transportation Subway System (locally known as the TTC) and travel to your hotel. There are also taxis available outside the Bus Terminal.

Public Transit

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
or call 416-393-INFO

TTC Airport Service

GO Transit
-GO trains are commuter service to towns around the Toronto area.

Currency

Money may be exchanged at a favorable rate at Banks and Hotels.Shops and restaurants will often accept U.S. currency, but at a less favorable exchange rate.

To convert your local currency to our Canadian Dollar,
try the Universal Currency Converter

Sales Taxes and Visitor Tax Refund

Most items in Ontario, except food, are subject to both a 8% Provincial Sales Tax (PST) and a 7% federal Goods and Services Tax (GST). Non-residents of Canada, however, may claim a rebate for the GST paid on accommodation and most consumer goods taken out of the country. The GST Rebate Guide for Visitors, which includes the rebate form, will be supplied in the registration package. Please ensure that you retain all your receipts so that you can claim your rebate at a Duty Free Shop as you leave the country.