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While a PRESTO Card is the most convenient payment options for most transit agencies in the GTA, if you are staying in Toronto for only a short duration and are planning to travel mostly within the city, then buying tickets as you go may be the best option for you. Public transit in the City of Toronto is largely operated by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). You can find fare information under “Fares & passes”.
The UP Express is the most convenient way to get to and from the Pearson International Airport (YYZ). Once you arrive at Union Station, take Line 1 along the University line. The closet subway station to TULCON16 is Queen’s Park. Other stations include Museum, St. George, and Spadina. With the exception of Museum, all stations are accessible. (Note: Spadina Station is accessible on Line 2 only; the Line 1 platform is very far from streetcar platform.)
The two streetcar routes closest to campus are 506 Carlton (on College Street) and Spadina. All streetcars are accessible.
If you haven’t already, check out the Transit app! It provides an at-a-glance view of the transit stops/stations around you and real-time scheduling information.
Most food service providers on campus are closed during weekends. However, there are abundant places to eat around campus. Quick grab-and-go places include Tim Hortons, Starbucks, and Second Cup. If you fancy a more satisfying, sit-down meal, there are many restaurants on Harbord Street, Bloor Street, and Spadina Avenue. See this list for food places I recommend!
Places to see
If you have time outside of the conference, here are some places to visit on and near campus!
- Art Museum at University College (free; open 12-5pm Saturday, closed Sunday)
- ROM – Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6 (open 10-5:30pm)
- AGO – Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4 (open 10:30-9pm on Friday, -5:30pm Saturday and Sunday)
- Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1W7 (10-5pm Friday and Saturday, 12-5pm Sunday)
Toronto weather: it can get quite cold downtown! Here are some tips:
- Dress in layers! While it may be cold outside, the weather can change quickly, and heating can be uneven indoors.
- A hat, scarf, and gloves help against the wind.
- If it’s snowy, waterproof shoes are the best choice