Travel & Accommodation

The Conference Venue is the University of Toronto Chestnut Conference Centre, View Google Map

Here's how to get to our conference venue, the University of Toronto Chestnut Conference Centre, from Toronto's major points of ingress.

Arriving by air

Toronto Pearson International Airport

As Toronto’s major airport, Toronto Pearson Airport offers numerous options for getting to downtown Toronto, detailed at The most direct would be by airport express bus service that travels to several downtown hotels including the Conference site 

( for under $30 one-way or $45 round-trip or by airport limousine for approximately C$50 one way (excluding tip). Local transit fare from the airport is $3 one-way and takes about an hour.

Toronto Centre Island Airport

Every 15 minutes, a free brief ferry ride travels between the island and the downtown harbour. Once at the downtown harbour, you can use their free shuttle service to get to the TTC subway, get on a TTC streetcar, or grab a cab.

Hamilton Airport

Conference delegates can reach Toronto from the Hamilton Airport via shuttle service, rental car service, or GO Transit, the regional public transit service.

Although this is an American airport, Buffalo International Airport offers buses, shuttles, taxis and limousines which serve Canadian destinations in addition to providing rental car services.

Arriving by train

Union Station is the major intercity train and bus station providing service to Via Rail, Amtrak, Ontario Northland, and GO Transit. From Union Station, walk to the adjoining TTC station to take the Yonge/University/Spadina subway to Dundas Station.

Arriving by coach

Toronto Coach Terminal

Bus terminal for private intercity bus companies that operate services to Toronto, including Greyhound, Coach Canada/Trentway-Wager, and Ontario Northlands Transportation Commission. From the bus terminal, just walk south along Bay Street to the conference hotel.

Getting around the city

•    The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is the municipal public transit system that will take you to many of the city's major attractions. Visit the TTC website for up-to-date subway, bus, and streetcar route maps, fare schedules, and an online trip planner.

•    The Path is an underground walkway connecting you to 28 km of shops and entertainment in the downtown core--a great indoor option away from ice and snow.


Accommodation Update! 

The popularity of iPRES2012 has resulted in the discounted hotel room bookings we had negotiated at the Metropolitan Hotel being oversubscribed.   There may be some of you still looking for hotel rooms.  Could we recommend that you try the following:

 1.  The Holiday Inn at Bloor St. and St. George St. is on the subway line to the conference site.  We have an agreement with them.  If you choose to stay with them, please contact the hotel directly and say you would like the discounted rate for visitors to the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto.  Website:

 2.  The Intercontinental, also on Bloor – ask for the U of T rate after contacting them directly.  More expensive, and nicer, than option 1.

 3.  Closer to the conference centre:  the Delta Chelsea Hotel.  A large hotel with reasonable rates:

 4.  Sheraton Downtown.  Expensive, but very close.

 5.  Marriott Eaton Centre: also expensive but close.


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