Travel

For your convenience in travelling to Toronto we have obtained convention codes from the following travel providers to help lesson some of the travel costs.

Air Canada

AIR CANADA (www.aircanada.com)

The convention code is: C4E7TNY1.

To book a flight with this promotion code, access aircanada.com and enter this promotion code in the search panel. You will benefit from an instant online registration and enjoy a ten percent discount on eligible fares.
* The booking is to be made to the following city: Toronto, YYZ (ON)
* The travel period begins Wednesday, November 23, 2016 and ends Friday, December 09, 2016.
* Travel is valid Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
* No discount will apply to Tango bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S.

Union Pearson Express

UP - Union Pearson Express (www.upexpress.com)

UP Express departs from both Union Station and Toronto Pearson International Airport every 15 minutes. Your journey takes just 25 minutes; it's the swiftest and most reliable way to travel.
Adult Ages 20-64 $12 for an Adult 1 stop one-way fare
Senior Ages 65+ $6 for a Senior 1 stop one-way fare
Student Ages 13-19 $12 for a Student 1 stop one-way fare

PORTER AIRLINES

PORTER AIRLINES (flyporter.com)

The Convention code is: GCA016.
Please book online at https://flyporter.com/Flight?culture=en-CA&promocode=GCA016 or through your travel agent using this promo code.
You will benefit from a 15% discount on available base fares (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale).
http://www.viarail.ca/service for carry-on and access to the Porter Lounge in Toronto and Ottawa, where free Wi-Fi and comfortable, leather seating is available.

VIA RAIL

VIA RAIL (www.viarail.ca/)

The Convention code is: 13264.
Please book online at http://www.viarail.ca/
You will benefit from a 10% off the best available fare in Economy, Economy Plus, Business, Business Plus, Sleeper, or Sleeper Plus class. "Subject to the conditions and restrictions of the fare plan to which the additional discount is being applied."
* The booking is to be made to the following city: Toronto, YYZ (ON)
* The travel period begins November 28, 2016 and ends Friday, December 4, 2016.
Online booking tips >> You have to log in to your profile, or create one prior to booking. On the Passenger information screen, select "Convention fare" from the “Discount Type” drop-down menu, and enter the discount code for your convention or event in the “Discount code” field. This code has been given to you by the conference organizer. The conference fare will be shown on the next page.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Entry into Canada
When you enter Canada, a Canadian Border Services Agency officer will ask to see your passport (and a valid visa, if one is necessary).

You may be asked for proof that you are attending a meeting or convention and it may be useful to have a copy of the meeting agenda and/or registration on hand. This may also be useful when returning to the U.S. should a similar question be asked.

As of March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa.

All participants require a valid passport and may require other documentation such as a visa and/or biometrics to enter Canada. For detailed information about entry visas you can visit the Citizenship and Immigration website.

We encourage you to confirm if you need an eTA or visa. Travel documents and identification must be presented at the border upon entry into Canada.

Weather
Cold, wet weather is the norm in Toronto during November and December with an average daily temperature between -6°C and 3°C. (21 / 37ºF) Visitors can expect rain or snow 10 out of 30 days. For up-to-date weather information in Toronto, see Environment Canada at: http://weatheroffice.gc.ca/city/pages/on-143_metric_e.html

Drinking Water
Ordinary tap water is safe to drink in Canada.

Voltage
Electric current in Canada is 110 volts, 60 cycle AC. An adaptor must be used with appliances from Europe or elsewhere that operate on a different voltage.

Local time
Eastern Standard Time Ontario: GMT - 5

Currency
Canada’s currency is the Canadian dollar. For denominations under five dollars coins are used. Popular nicknames for these coins include the “loonie” ($1), and “toonie” ($2). U.S. dollars are accepted in most Toronto establishments, although you'll receive change in Canadian funds and exchange rates will differ from merchant to merchant. You’ll find cash machines/ATMs in most banks, hotels and shopping centres. Travellers’ cheques and credit cards are accepted at most (but not all) major retailers. Currency exchange is available at banks and kiosks throughout the city and at the airport. (An online daily exchange converter is available here.) Most major credit cards are accepted throughout Toronto.

Tipping
If you are happy with the service you receive, a 15-20% tip on the pre-tax bill is a standard expression of appreciation when dining out in the city. Note that some restaurants automatically add this gratuity when serving large groups, so be sure to check your bill.

In bars and clubs, a $1 tip is expected per drink. In hotels, a tip from $2 to $5 per day or per service is appreciated for the housekeeper and the bellman.

Tips are also expected for services such as haircuts, shoe shines and taxi rides. 15-20% is standard in these situations as well.

Taxes
The Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is a 13% tax that is applied to most purchases of taxable supplies of goods and services in the Province of Ontario.

Smoking
Smoking is not allowed in a workplace, restaurant, on school property, within nine meters of a hospital entrance, and other prohibited places. Ashtrays or other smoking paraphernalia are not permitted in these places.

Taxis
There are a number of different taxi companies in Toronto—each has a distinct look. Fares are standard, metered and non-negotiable. The driver should start the meter at the beginning of your ride and stop it when you reach your destination. Refuse to ride in a taxi without an operational meter. If your service was acceptable, a 10-15% tip is customary

Driving Around Town
Toronto’s streets follow a basic grid pattern and are easy to navigate. Speed limit signs are posted on each Street. The city’s "rush hour" is more than an hour long—count on heavy traffic from 7:00-9:00 a.m. and again from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Parking on most downtown streets is limited to specific times of day, and often requires you to purchase and display a ticket from one of the parking machines located along the street. Be sure to check and obey the signs posted along the street to make sure your vehicle doesn’t get ticketed or, worse, towed away.

Public Transit (www.ttc.ca)
Toronto has one of North America’s finest transportation systems, the TTC. With easy-to-navigate subways, buses and streetcars, getting around the city is easy. When using the TTC a single fare will take you anywhere in the city on a one way trip. You can freely transfer between subway, streetcar and bus, but make sure you obtain a transfer when and where you pay your fare. On buses and streetcars, exact change is required.

Underground City
The Underground City PATH is downtown Toronto's underground walkway linking 27 kms (16 miles) of subterranean shopping, services and entertainment. Follow the brightly coloured PATH signs and you'll reach your downtown destination easily in weatherproof comfort.

Further Visitor Information
An INFOTOGO Desk (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) is located within the Ontario Travel Information Centre at 20 Dundas Street West (between Yonge and Bay Streets, in the Atrium on Bay), just a few feet away from the Toronto Eaton Centre and Yonge-Dundas Square. If you're calling from outside of the Greater Toronto Area, contact Tourism Toronto at 1-800-499-2514.

Useful Links
Toronto Tourism http://www.seetorontonow.com/

Toronto Travel Guide https://www.virtualtourist.com/

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