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The Canadian dollar is used in Canada.  Most places take credit cards but it's a good idea to have some on hand for small purchases.
 
The Canadian dollar is used in Canada.  Most places take credit cards but it's a good idea to have some on hand for small purchases.

Revision as of 17:11, 20 April 2017

Before you leave home

Canadian Currency

The Canadian dollar is used in Canada. Most places take credit cards but it's a good idea to have some on hand for small purchases.

Toronto Weather

The days will see the temperature about 15°C (50’s in F) and evenings will drop to the low single digits (30’s in F). Be sure to bring a jacket for evenings. A bit of rain is likely.

After you arrive

Travel between the airport and the hotel

Best option: Union Pearson Express The hotel is a 5 minute indoor walk from where the UP train drops you off at Union Station. You can buy a ticket beforehand online or at the station before you board. This is the fastest and most cost efficient route (just $12 CAD). You can board at Pearson in Terminal 1.

Other option: Taxi or limo service Like most international airports, there will be plenty of taxi and limos that can take you into the city. The cost is about $50 CAD each way and most cars are equipped with credit card machines but it’s a good idea to double check when you get in if you don’t have Canadian currency.

Transit

The TTC is the local transit system, and can get you pretty much anywhere in the city through a combination of buses, streetcars and subways. Drivers are helpful, and be sure to get a transfer when you board if you're paying with cash or tokens. You may also choose to purchase a presto card at Union station if you think you'll be taking multiple rides.

SIM Cards & Cellphones

If you haven't added any international roaming to your phone, you might want to pick up a temporary sim card.

7-11 has a good program: http://www.speakout7eleven.ca/ Most of the other service providers will be able to issue you one but it will be more expensive and you may need to jump through a hoop or two to get it. More info here: http://prepaid-data-sim-card.wikia.com/wiki/Canada and here: http://www.blogto.com/tech/2015/07/prepaid_mobile_phone_plans_in_toronto/

Summit Venue

Delta Toronto
75 Lower Simcoe Street,
Toronto ON M5J 3A6

CC Staff, scholarship recipients, and some others are also staying overnight at the same hotel.

Web Information

Program: https://creativecommonsglobalsummit2017t.sched.com/

Twitter: @ccglobalsummit

Hashtag: #ccsummit

Printing Services

There will be no printing available at the event. If you require any printed materials, you might try The Printing House nearby or another print shop.

Tourism

Food

Toronto is an amazing food city, imagine a cuisine you'd like to try and you'll find multiple options, but you don't have to take my word for it: https://www.foodism.to/guest-column-david-mcmillan-love-letter-toronto/

Some higher end restaurants require reservations, most of which you can make online.

Some food guides: http://toronto.eater.com/ http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/

Sport

See a Toronto Marlies (AHL) game

See a Toronto Raptors (NBA) game

Stand outside a Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) game

See a Toronto Blue Jays (MLB) game

Music & Culture

Thanks to Allana Mayer for putting together this list of live music over the weekend of the summit!

Visit The Royal Ontario Museum

Vist the Art Gallery of Ontario

Visit the Ontario Science Centre

Visit the Distillery District

Nature

Walk though High Park

Hiking on the Leslie Spit

Head out to the Scarborough Bluffs

Take a boat tour of Toronto Island from the harbor at Queen Quay

Other

Visit the CN Tower

Go to Ripley's Aquarium

Hit some hip bars and shops along Queen West

Join our #toronto-tips slack channel for more!

Credits

Parts of this guide were borrowed from our friends the Nightingales and Mozilla (Toronto). Many many thanks to them!