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Travel and Accommodation

Before you start checking out the exciting seminars and speakers at the 2014 EAC conference, start with the basics: how are you getting to Toronto and where will you stay?

Getting to Toronto

By air

If you’re travelling by plane, odds are you’ll arrive at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), which has direct flights to more than 20 cities across Canada with Air Canada and WestJet. The airport is about 20 km from downtown Toronto, and there are taxis and public transit to the city.

Alternatively, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) is closer to downtown but has fewer flight options—mostly from eastern Canada—with Porter Airlines and Air Canada.

Air Canada (1-888-247-22621-888-247-2262)
WestJet Airlines (1-888-937-85381-888-937-8538)
Porter Airlines (1-888-619-86221-888-619-8622 or 416-619-8622416-619-8622)

 

WestJet logo

WestJet discount
EAC has arranged a 10% discount for WestJet’s best-available Flex fare at the time of the booking, excluding Econo and Plus fares (i.e., seat sales and web fares). The discount is valid for WestJet flights in to and out of Toronto or Hamilton. The discount code is CC7821. To reserve, call 1-888-493-78531-888-493-7853 between 7 AM and 5 PM MST. The discount code is not available for use online at westjet.com. The discounted rates are available for travel up to seven days prior to and seven days after the conference. For travel outside of these dates, WestJet will offer the best available fare at the time of booking.

 

Porter logo

Porter Airlines discount
EAC has arranged a 15% discount for Porter Airlines base fares (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale). The discounted fares are available for booking from January 21 to June 11, 2014, for travel between anywhere in the Canada or the U.S. and Toronto (arrival dates must be from June 3 to 8, and departures must be from June 6 to 11). Please book online or through your travel agent using promo code EACCTC. The promo code is intended for use by conference attendees and organizers only. Porter’s fare rules and conditions apply. For any questions regarding Porter’s services or any pre-travel concerns, call 1-888-619-86221-888-619-8622.

By train

If you’re travelling by VIA Rail or GO Train, you’ll arrive at Union Station in downtown Toronto, which is two subway stops or a brief walk from the conference venue (see below).

Travel time to Toronto with VIA Rail is about four hours from Ottawa and five to six hours from Montreal, with one-way fares starting from $39.

VIA Rail (1-888-842-72451-888-842-7245)
GO Train (1-888-438-66461-888-438-6646 or 416-869-3200416-869-3200)

By bus

The trusty Greyhound, Coach, and Megabus can also get you to Toronto and may even have Wi-Fi access on board to help you kill the time.

 
 

Accommodation

Getting to the Pantages Hotel

The Pantages Hotel is EAC’s official conference hotel and is directly across from the conference venue, the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. It is an all-suites hotel, so you can expect plenty of space and luxurious amenities.

A room at the Pantages Hotel Martini bar at the Pantages Hotel Front entrance of the Pantages Hotel Spa at the Pantages Hotel Lobby at the Pantages Hotel

To reserve your room, please call the Pantages Hotel by May 6, 2014 at 1-866-852-17771-866-852-1777 or 416-362-1777416-362-1777, and quote room code “Editors’ Association of Canada.”

If you're driving, directions are available here. If you’re flying, taking the train, or riding the coach bus, here’s how to reach the hotel:

From the airport:

  • Public transit: The cheapest option ($3 cash fare). Take the 192 Airport Rocket bus from Pearson’s Terminal 3 to Kipling subway station. (Not arriving at Terminal 3? Take the Terminal Link train to get there from Terminal 1 or 2.) Take the subway eastbound to Yonge-Bloor station, then transfer to the southbound Yonge-University train. Get off at Dundas or Queen station and walk 5 minutes to the Pantages (Victoria and Shuter).
  • Downtown Express bus service: Run by Pacific Western, this service stops at several downtown hotels—not at the Pantages, but it does stop at the Bond Hotel at Dundas and Victoria streets every 40 minutes. From there, it’s a short walk to the Pantages. A round-trip ticket is about $40; a one-way ticket is about $27.
  • Taxis and limos are also available at the airport. Expect to spend about $55 plus tip.

From Union train station:

  • Walk: If you’re feeling up to a 20-minute walk, take this route.
  • Public transit: Union Station is at the bottom of the “U” that forms the Yonge-University-Spadina line; get on the subway heading in the direction of Finch Station (not Downsview). Head north two stops to Queen Station, then walk 5 to 10 minutes to the Pantages.
  • Taxi: Hail one outside the station.

From the Toronto Coach Terminal bus station:

  • Walk: It takes about 10 minutes to follow this route to the Pantages.
  • Taxi: There are usually several cabs lined up outside the terminal.
  • Public transit: Not really a practical option, as the hotel is not far.
 

Other accommodation

The following accommodations are located within 10 to 15 minutes’ walking distance of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. Please contact them directly if you have questions or would like to make a reservation.

Rates are per night, based on double occupancy; some include breakfast. All rates are approximate and do not include taxes and fees, and they will vary depending on the dates, room type, cancellation terms, and special offers at each venue. You may also qualify for individual discounts, e.g., student and senior discounts; CAA/AAA members get 10% off at the Eaton Chelsea.

Hotels

Guesthouses and hostels

Billeting

Hotels

Least expensive

Bond Place Hotel
65 Dundas Street East
Rates: From $150
Features: 100% smoke-free hotel, complimentary Wi-Fi access, fitness centre
1-800-268-93901-800-268-9390 or 416-362-6061416-362-6061

Hotel Victoria
56 Yonge Street
Rates: From $130
Features: Complimentary Wi-Fi access
1-800-363-82281-800-363-8228 or 416-363-1666416-363-1666

Holiday Inn Express Toronto Downtown
111 Lombard Street
Rates: From $136
Features: Complimentary Wi-Fi access, fitness centre off-site (extra charge)
1-877-660-85501-877-660-8550

Best Western Primrose
111 Carlton Street
Rates: From $149
Features: Complimentary Wi-Fi access, outdoor pool and saunas, fitness centre
www.torontoprimrosehotel.com
1-800-268-80821-800-268-8082 or 416-977-8000416-977-8000

Moderate

Eaton Chelsea – the conference’s banquet venue
33 Gerrard Street West
Rates: From $199
Features: Complimentary Wi-Fi access, pool, fitness centre, spa
1-800-CHELSEA1-800-CHELSEA (243-5732) or 416-595-1975416-595-1975

The Grand Hotel & Suites
225 Jarvis Street
Rates: From $219
Features: Pool, fitness club, spa, rooftop whirlpools and garden
1-877-32-GRAND1-877-32-GRAND (47263) or 416-863-9000416-863-9000

Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Centre
200 Dundas Street East
Rates: From $180
Features: Complimentary Wi-Fi access, pool, whirlpool, 24-hour fitness centre
416-362-7700416-362-7700

Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel
525 Bay Street
Rates: From $209
Features: Fitness centre, pool, whirlpool
1-800-228-92901-800-228-9290 or 416-597-9200416-597-9200

Cambridge Suites Hotel
15 Richmond Street East
Rates: From $232
Features: Complimentary Wi-Fi access, fitness studio
1-800-463-19901-800-463-1990 or 416-368-1990416-368-1990

One King West Hotel
1 King Street West
Rates: From $229
Features: Fitness centre with hot tub, direct access to PATH and King subway station
1-866-470-54641-866-470-5464

Ramada Plaza Toronto Downtown
300 Jarvis Street
Rates: From $156
Features: Complimentary Wi-Fi access, fitness centre, indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, sundeck
416-977-4823416-977-4823

Cosmopolitan Hotel Toronto
8 Colborne Street
Rates: From $230
Features: Spa
1-855-958-34881-855-958-3488

Luxury

The Omni King Edward Hotel
37 King Street East
Rates: From $259
Features: 24-hour fitness centre, spa, complimentary Wi-Fi access in lobby
416-863-9700416-863-9700

Guesthouses and hostels

Prices are for private rooms with double occupancy except where noted.

International Living & Learning Centre, Ryerson University
240 Jarvis Street (additional entrance on Mutual Street)
Rates: From $90
Features: Complimentary Wi-Fi access in lobby
1-866-592-88821-866-592-8882 or 416-979-5296416-979-5296

Comfy Guest House Toronto
250 Gerrard Street East
Rates: From $53
Features: Shared kitchen, $60 airport shuttle
416-822-5590416-822-5590

Downtown Home Inn B&B
2 Monteith Street
Rates: From $96
Features: Complimentary Wi-Fi access
1-877-271-01821-877-271-0182 or 647-342-1010647-342-1010

Amsterdam Guesthouse
209 Carlton Street
Rates: From $205
Features: Complimentary Wi-Fi access
416-921-9797416-921-9797

HI-Youth Hostel Toronto
76 Church Street
Rates: From $109; if you don’t mind a dorm-style setting, prices are as low as $27 for shared accommodations
Features: Complimentary Wi-Fi access, shared kitchen, bike rental, ticket desk for attractions
1-877-848-87371-877-848-8737 or 416-971-4440416-971-4440

Neill-Wycik Backpackers Hotel
96 Gerrard Street East
Rates: From $53 for a single; if you don’t mind a dorm-style setting, prices are as low as $30 per person for a quad share; 10% discount for students and seniors
Features: Complimentary Wi-Fi access in lounge, roof deck, barbecues, shared kitchen
1-800-268-43581-800-268-4358 or 416-977-2320416-977-2320

Billeting

Are you attending the conference and looking for a place to stay? Do you live in Toronto and want to open your home to a fellow EAC member? Be part of Beds for Eds!

EAC is offering a home-stay program, and are looking for both billeting hosts and guests who would like to participate.

Thinking about being a host or a guest?

  • If you enjoy meeting new people, this is an excellent networking opportunity! Spend time with like-minded individuals, share stories, and create lasting friendships with fellow editors.
  • It’s a great way to save! Instead of spending on a hotel, put away your money for a rainy day or get out there and see what this multicultural hub of Canada is all about. To find some great suggestions, take a look at .
  • If you love Toronto, be an ambassador for your city! If you’re a wealth of local information, hosting is the perfect way to showcase your home base and all your favourite places. 
  • If you want to experience home away from home, this is a great alternative to a standard hotel! As a guest, you’ll be welcomed and treated to a more personable experience. And as a host, you’ll be bringing your hospitality and generosity to our visiting members.

If you’d like to be part of Beds for Eds or have any questions about the program, contact billeting coordinator, Heather Catuiza. A questionnaire will then be sent to you about your preferences and will be used to match you with a host or guest.

Happy travels and see you in June!