Hilton Downtown Toronto Hotel
145 Richmond Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2L2
$249 CAD (plus taxes) single/double
Hotel accommodations in Toronto for the month of April are limited, book early to avoid disappointment. Please direct your room requirements to the hotel reservations department, stating: “Update in General Surgery 2019”
Rooms at the conference rate are available until the bedrooms block fills or March 13, 2019, whichever occurs first. Hotel rooms in Toronto are at a premium; please book early to avoid disappointment.
The sale of rooms booked under the group conference rates help to offset conference expenditures. Thank you for reserving with the event group rates.
Further information regarding visiting Toronto can be found at http://www.seetorontonow.com/
There are two official Canadian languages – English and French. In addition to these, the top five languages spoken in Toronto are Chinese, Italian, Tamil, Portuguese and Spanish.
People with disabilities have the same tourism desires as others however, travelling in environments that don’t always consider the unique challenges of those with disabilities can be aggravating and disheartening. Toronto is proud to be an accessible destination, accommodating travellers of varying special needs! Start planning your trip to accessible Toronto with helpful maps, guides and tours from Travel with a Challenge, Accessible Toronto, Beyond Ability and Abilities. Travel with a Challenge lists accessible accommodations, and to savour Toronto’s global cuisine, visit http://www.restotoronto.ca/ and http://www.dine.to/ which highlight accessible restaurants around the city. Looking for Accessible Transportation in Toronto? Dignity Transportation is Ontario’s largest transportation provider for those with special needs. Not all disabilities are obvious, so be sure to advise those accommodating you of your special needs.
Take charge of your travel needs by consulting The Canadian Travel Agencies guide for those with special requirements and for Accessibility standards in Ontario please visit http://www.cwdo.org/ASC_Welcome_page.htm
Currency, Money, Tipping and Taxes
Toronto’s currency is the Canadian dollar.
For denominations under five dollars we use coins – some we’ve even given cute names: 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.
Travelers 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.
If you’re 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.
Tips are also expected for services such as haircuts, shoe shines and taxi rides. 15-20% is standard in these situations as well.
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. The HST consists of a 5% federal portion and an 8% retail sales tax portion.
Getting to Toronto
Toronto is served by two airports. Toronto Pearson International Airport, managed by the Greater Toronto Airport Authority is Canada’s principal airport with travel connections to every continent and ranks among the top 30 world airports in terms of passenger traffic and aircraft movements. There are over 76 scheduled and charter airlines currently serving Toronto Pearson International Airport. Air carriers provide non-stop service to 26 Canadian and 42 United States (transborder) destinations and same-plane service to 56 other International cities.
Air Canada, Canada’s flagship carrier and a founding member of the Star Alliance, relies on Pearson International Airport as its major Canadian hub with a wide variety of domestic, US and international connections. Visit http://www.torontoescapes.com/ for special offers and last-minute deals to Toronto.
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (formerly Toronto City Centre Airport) is one of the most convenient urban airports in the world. It is located on Toronto Island, minutes from the downtown core with links to the city by a short ferry ride and shuttle, and is served by both Porter Airlines and Air Canada. Porter provides a unique and personal flying experience with air connections to regional Canadian and U.S. destinations, including Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax, New York City (Newark) and Chicago. Air Canada offers air access every business day, between Montreal and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (in addition to its connections between Montreal and Toronto Pearson International airport).
Visit http://www.flyporter.com/ for current flight schedules and additional information on Porter.
Visit http://www.aircanada.com/ to search flights and for additional information on Air Canada.
Flight Times from Major Cities to Toronto:
- Atlanta, GA: 2hrs, 20 min
- Boston, MA: 1 hr, 30 min
- Buffalo, NY: 55 min
- Calgary, AB: 4 hrs
- Chicago, IL: 1 hr, 30 min
- Cleveland, OH: 1 hr, 10 min
- Dallas, TX: 3 hrs, 25 min
- Detroit, MI: 40 min
- Halifax, NS: 2 hrs
- Los Angeles, CA: 5 hrs, 20 min
- Miami, FL: 3 hrs
- Minneapolis, MN: 2 hrs, 10 min
- Montreal, QC: 1 hr, 10 min
- New York, NY: 1 hr, 30 min
- Ottawa, ON: 1 hr
- Philadelphia, PA: 1 hr, 30 min
- Pittsburgh, PA: 1 hr
- San Francisco, CA: 5 hrs, 20 min
- Vancouver, BC: 5 hrs, 10 min
- Washington, DC: 1 hr, 30 min
- Winnipeg, MB: 2 hrs, 30 min
- Frankfurt, Germany: 7 hrs, 25 min
- Hong Kong, China: 16 hrs, 30 min
- London, England: 7 hrs
- Osaka, Japan: 13 hrs, 10 min
- Paris, France: 7 hrs, 25 min
VIA Rail and AMTRAK bring visitors into the heart of the city each day. Toronto’s Union Station is centrally located downtown and connects to the subway by underground tunnel.
GO Transit also services Union Station, for more information and schedules, visit www.gotransit.com. UP Express offers a 25-minute train ride between Pearson Airport and Union Station. For more information, visit www.upexpress.com.
Several highways, including Highways 2, 401, 407 (electronic toll highway) and the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW), link surrounding cities to Toronto. Nearest Canada-U.S. border crossings are at Niagara Falls, Fort Erie and Windsor.
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Borders & Customs
Canada has one of the most advanced customs organizations in the world, and our borders and the processes we have in place to manage them are critical to our ability to provide Canadians and visitors to Canada with the security and opportunity they expect. Visitors entering Canada must clear Canada Customs border security upon entry into Canada.
American visitors travelling by air require a valid passport to re-enter the United States.
For more information on travel security and border procedures, visit the U.S. Department of State.
Bringing children into Canada
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.
Returning to the United States
Every 30 days, returning U.S. citizens are allowed to bring back $800 (retail value) in merchandise duty-free, provided they have been out of the U.S. for over 48 hours. This amount can include:
- One carton of cigarettes
- 100 cigars (not Cuban)
- Two kilograms of smoking tobacco
- One litre of liquor, provided the buyer is 21 years of age
If the length of the stay is less than 48 hours, $200 in merchandise may be taken back to the U.S. duty-free (including up to five ounces of alcohol and 50 cigarettes). The following items are not permitted into the U.S.:
- Cuban or Iranian products
- fruits and vegetables
- uncooked grains
Goods bought in Canada but manufactured in the U.S. are duty-free and not included in the basic exemption. Original handmade crafts and works of art are also exempt; however, a receipt of purchase may be required.
For further information on U.S. customs regulations, please visit http://www.cbp.gov/