ITE 2016 Annual Meeting and Exhibt - Expanding our Horizons

Everything Toronto

This section includes what you need to know to get to and from Toronto and what to do while you are there, including family activities.

Getting To and From

Public Transportation
The Sheraton City Centre Hotel is located two blocks away from two subway stations: Queen and Osgoode subway stations. Both stops are on the “Yellow” or Yonge-University Line.

Parking
The hotel offers valet parking for CAD$50/day (please note: ITE does not validate parking). There is public parking at City Hall on Queen Street. For driving directions, please click here.

Airports
Toronto Island Airport (YTZ).

  • Approximately 5.0 km/3.11 miles from the hotel
  • Taxi fee: CAD$20

Pearson International Airport (YYZ)

  • Approximately 28.0 km/17.4 miles from the hotel
  • Options for traveling to hotel
    • Union Pearson Express (UP Express): The UP Express provides transportation between Pearson International Airport and Union Station (Downtown Toronto) every 15 minutes and 7 days a week. Travel time from airport to Union Station is 25 minutes. It is approximately a 10 minute walk to the hotel from Union Station or a taxi from Union Station is about CAD$6. Fees: Per person one-way: Adult CAD$12, Senior CAD$6, Family CAD$25, and Children under 12 Free. For more information: www.upexpress.com.
    • Taxi and/or Limo: About 30-60 minutes. Fee: CAD$55-$60+. For more information www.torontopearson.com

What You Need to Know to Travel to Toronto

Letter of Recognition

This letter of recognition indicates to the Border Services Officer in Canada that the attendee is attending a legitimate event and is aware of the conditions under which he/she can bring good into the country. Please note that this letter should not be considered an official invitation to attend. Presenting this letter is not a requirement; however, to facilitate border procedures, it is recommended that any foreign national carry a copy for presentation to the Border Services Officer upon their arrival to Canada.

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Meeting Attendees Traveling with Children to Canada
Entry into Canada: Canadian law requires that all persons entering Canada carry both proof of citizenship and proof of identity. A valid U.S. passport, passport card, or NEXUS card satisfies these requirements for U.S. citizens. Children under 16 need only present proof of U.S. citizenship. Note: ITE still recommends a passport for children under 16, because a passport is required for all those returning to the United States by air (see below).

Entry into the United States: When traveling by air from Canada, U.S. citizens are required by U.S. law to present a U.S. passport book. Note that children are required to present their own passport when traveling by air.

Children Traveling with One Parent into Canada | More info
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) strongly recommends that unless the child is accompanied by both parents, the adult have a note from the child's other parent (or, in the case of a child traveling with grandparents, uncles or aunts, sisters or brothers, friends, or in groups*, a note signed by both parents) stating "I acknowledge that my wife/husband/etc. is traveling out of the country with my son/daughter/group. He/She/They has/have my permission." See our Q&A parental consent.

Adults traveling with children should also be aware that, while the U.S. does not require this documentation, other countries may have a requirement and failure to produce notarized permission letters and/or birth certificates could result in travelers being refused entry (Canada has very strict requirements in this regard).

Criminal Record
Anyone with a criminal record (including misdemeanors or alcohol-related driving offenses) may not be able to enter Canada without first obtaining an approval for rehabilitation well in advance of any planned travel. To determine whether you may be inadmissible and how to overcome this finding, please refer to the CIC website.

 

Meeting Enhancements/Family Activities

There are amazing opportunities to explore Toronto and close-in locales. Below are some options to consider.

Please note that there will be set up on Sunday afternoon, July 30 and Monday morning, 31, for families to gather and share ideas for taking advantage of all that the greater Toronto area has to offer.  Start planning your trip now!

Beaches International Jazz Festival
The Festival began in 1989, when local jazz artists were booked to perform at the Kew Beach Bandshell in the Beach area of Toronto. Now celebrating her 28th anniversary, the Festival has blossomed into a month long mid-summer event that attracts millions of fans and makes a major contribution to promoting Canadian jazz excellence locally and on the world stage.

Canada 150: Discovery Way
By highlighting the curiosity, critical thinking and courage necessary for scientific discovery, Canada 150: Discovery Way encourages you to ask questions, make observations and test ideas of your own. Through amazing artifacts, ranging from the lightbulb to the flight recorder, you’ll gain a better understanding of Canada’s unique scientific achievements – and you may be inspired to be Canada’s next great innovator!

Caribana Toronto
The Toronto Caribbean Carnival, formerly and still commonly called Caribana, is a festival of Caribbean culture and traditions held each summer in Toronto. There are family activities as well as other events.

Haunted Toronto
The Haunted Walk offers guided walking tours year-round, focusing on the city’s ghost stories and darker history. Tours take place in the evening by lantern-light: the perfect atmosphere for a good ghost story. Tour guides at the Haunted Walk are hand-picked from the best of local storytellers, dramatists and amateur historians.

Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays are a Canadian professional baseball team based in Toronto, Ontario. The Blue Jays compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League East division. The team plays its home games at the Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays will be play the Los Angeles Angels (July 28-30 and the Chicago White Sox (July 31-August 2).

Toronto FC
Toronto Football Club, commonly referred to as Toronto FC or simply TFC, is a Canadian professional soccer club based in Toronto, Ontario. The club competes in Major League Soccer as a member of the Eastern Conference. Toronto FC will be playing New York City FC on July 30.

Toronto Summer Music Festival
The Toronto Summer Music Festival is a classical music festival and academy held annually.

Toronto’s Festival of Beer
The festival celebrates Canada’s rich brewing history by featuring more than 120 brands around the world and many Ontario craft brewers. The event has become Canada’s largest beer festival with 30,000 people attending every year.

Yo Toronto
Brought to you by Tourism Toronto, this site is designed to entertain kids with activities, videos and fun facts from Toronto attractions.

Tours to Niagara Falls (day trip)

Winery Tours

Walking and Bus Tours

For more ideas, visit Tourism Toronto.