Pre-Conference Information

VENUE INFORMATION AND CAMPUS MAP

Online registration will open on 12 January 2018 for the New Chaucer Society Congress 2018 (#NCS18). The Congress will take place at Victoria University in the University of Toronto.

Sessions will take place in the Victoria College building and Northrop Frye Hall. The plenaries, members Parliament, and the Friday evening performance of Wahala Dey Oh! will take place in Victoria University’s Isabel Bader Theatre.

A Google map of the conference locations, hotels, local restaurants, and other attractions can be found here. Maps of the campus and floor plans for the venues can be found on our maps page.

ONSITE REGISTRATION

Early registration will be open from 1-5pm on Tuesday 10 July, in the foyer of the Victoria College building. Registration will then be open from Wednesday 11 July - Friday 13 July, also in the foyer of Victoria College.

POWERPOINT AND INTERNET ACCESS

You will be provided with instructions for how to access University of Toronto WiFi in your conference materials.

TRANSPORTATION

Please note that you will need a valid passport to enter Canada, whether you travel by air or by land. Canada has introduced a new entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for certain international travellers who fly to Canada. Read about the changes and how they may affect you.

Toronto is serviced by two airports: Lester B. Pearson Airport and Billy Bishop Airport. While most flights pass through Pearson International Airport (located approximately 40 minutes outside downtown Toronto), regional flights via Porter Airlines come into Billy Bishop Island Airport, just south of downtown Toronto.

Travel from Pearson Airport:

Taxis and Airport Limos: Taxis and airport limousines are readily available at designated areas outside the terminals at Pearson Airport. The most cost effective option of these is (counter-intuitively) the flat-rate limousine services: so we recommend you head to the LIMO stand. The flat rate to your hotel should be between $60 and $70 CAD and take approximately 40 minutes to reach downtown. Airport limos can be booked in advance at (416) 304-1010.

Taxis will cost between $65 and $75 CAD and take approximately 40 minutes to reach downtown.

You are advised not to hire drivers soliciting inside the terminals or asking guests to follow them to the parking garage or any other location due to safety reasons.

Union Pearson Express: The Union Pearson Express runs every fifteen minutes from Terminal 1 and takes approximately 30 minutes to reach Union Station in downtown Toronto. The UP Terminal is directly adjacent to the Link Train service linking Terminals 1 and 3. The one way fare to Union Station is $12.35 CAD ($24.70 return). Tickets can be purchased at the UP service counter in the International Arrivals hall of Terminal 1 or online.

For the Park Hyatt and the Intercontinental, travel north from Union Station on the University-Spadina Line to St. George Station. For the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville, travel north on the University-Spadina Line to Bloor Station. For the Holiday Inn Downtown and the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Toronto travel north on the Yonge Line to College Station. The Adult TTC Fare is $3.25 CAD (one way).

Public Transit (TTC): The “Airport Rocket” (Bus #192) provides all-day, regular accessible express bus service between Pearson International Airport and Kipling Subway Station on the Bloor-Danforth Subway Line (Line 2). The Adult TTC Fare is $3.25 CAD (one way). Take Bus #192 from Terminal 1: Ground Level – Second Curb, Column R4 or Terminal 3: Arrivals Level – Third Curb, Column C12 to Kipling Subway Station.

For the Park Hyatt and The Intercontinental, travel east from Kipling Station on the Bloor-Danforth Subway Line to St. George Station. For the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville travel east on the Bloor-Danforth Subway Line to Yonge Station. For the Holiday Inn Downtown and the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Toronto travel east on the Bloor-Danforth Subway Line to Yonge Station, then south on the Yonge Line to College Station.

Travel from Billy Bishop Airport:

Taxis: There is a taxi rank immediately upon exiting the airport. Standard city rates will apply.

Airport Shuttle: Billy Bishop Airport offers a complimentary Express Shuttle Bus between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Union Station in downtown Toronto. The shuttle runs approximately every 15 minutes and is open to anyone going to the airport, whether or not they are traveling.

Public Transit (TTC): For The Park Hyatt and The Intercontinental, travel north from Union Station on the University-Spadina Line to St. George Station. For the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville, travel north on the University-Spadina Line to Bloor Station. For the Holiday Inn Downtown and the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Toronto travel north on the Yonge Line to College Station. The Adult TTC Fare is $3.25 CAD (one way).

For planning your travel around Toronto we recommend using the TTC Trip Planner (http://www.ttc.ca/Trip_planner/index.jsp) or the Google Maps app. Fares on buses, streetcars, and subways are paid either by a Presto card or with a token. Tokens can be purchased from machines at the airport and from booth collectors in every subway station.

Travel to/from the venue

The nearest subway stop for the conference venue is Museum (Line 1/Yonge-University). Exiting from the east side of the station will bring you out on Charles St. W, a few minutes walk away from the conference venue. Information about the nearest accessible TTC station can be found on our accessibility page.

Taxis in Toronto may be hailed from the street, or pre-arranged by telephone. They are recognizable by their light on the roof of their car, and are legally required to carry their badge and registration in the interior of the cab. If you plan to travel via taxi we recommend using Beck Taxi or Dignity Transportation Inc. Please note that taxi companies are not permitted to charge extra for wheelchairs or service dogs.

ELECTRONIC TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION

Many international visitors require an Electronic Travel Authorization to travel to Canada. It is relatively quick and painless, costs $7 CAD, and is all done online:
https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/eta.html?utm_source=slash-eta_ave&utm_medium=short-url-en&utm_campaign=eta
 

FAMILY ROOM & LACTATION ROOM

The Northrop Frye Centre in Victoria College will be available to attendees as a family room. There are no special facilities like sinks or plumbing but it will have tables and chairs as well as WiFi. Attendees can use it as a rendezvous room for partners and kids, or a place to relax with a tired child. As with the previous conference, the room is intended as a place where you can feel more comfortable; especially too, where partners or baby-sitters can wait without feeling out-of place at the conference. There will be a Facebook group to share advice and babysitting - please contact Alexandra Gillespie directly for more information. Room 206 in Victoria College will be available as a lactation room.

QUIET ROOM

Room 211 in Victoria College will be available for attendees to use as a quiet space throughout the conference. 

TOURIST INFORMATION

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FOOD AND DRINK

There are many options for dining in and around the University of Toronto campus:

For breakfast, brunch, lunch, or a snack, L’Espresso Bar Mercurio (321 Bloor Street West) is about a ten minute walk from Victoria University.  The Exchange, five minutes from the Bloor/St. George intersection in the Rotman School of Business (105 St. George St), which has all day breakfast and good coffee and is much cheaper! For light, fresh, vegetarian food, we recommend Fresh on Bloor (326 Bloor Street West, on the corner of Bloor and Spadina). There are also two middle of the road food-serving pubs nearby: Duke of York (39 Prince Arthur Ave, one block north of Bloor and one block east of St. George St.) and Bedford Academy (36 Prince Arthur Ave).

Chinatown and Kensington Market are a short walk south of College Street on Spadina Avenue and they have a large number of inexpensive and interesting restaurants to choose from. You can read about some of them here and here.

There are several higher end venues on Harbord Street, which is on the way to Chinatown. See here for details.

There are also many restaurants to choose from further west on Bloor including Japanese, Indian, Korean, Thai, Middle Eastern, Mexican, and Hungarian restaurants.

ACCOMMODATION

Detailed information on accommodation can be found on our accommodations page.

CLIMATE AND CLOTHING

Summer in Toronto is traditionally hot and humid. Temperatures can range from 22C to 30C / 70F to 90F - it’s a good idea to carry a water bottle with you around the city. Be prepared for sun or showers.

CREDIT CARDS

Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Toronto. The major cards in Canada are MASTERCARD and VISA, and AMERICAN EXPRESS is also widely accepted. Cash can be obtained at every bank branch as well as in all ATMs throughout the city. There are several ATMs at and around the University of Toronto campus, a map of which can be found here.

CURRENCY EXCHANGE

The Canadian dollar is at a low against the US dollar, the British pound and the Euro, but rates do fluctuate. You can change currency at the airport and at banks, although it is now usually cheaper to withdraw cash from an ATM.

SHOPPING

Toronto is a great city for shopping, with both mainstream retailers and small independent shops throughout the city. The mainstream shopping area of the city is at Yonge and Queen Street (Queen or Dundas station); this includes large fashion retailers, the Eaton Centre Mall, the Hudson’s Bay Company, and the new Sak’s 5th Avenue department store. Other areas for fun shopping include Queen West (Osgoode station or the 501 Queen streetcar) for smaller stylish clothing boutiques; the St. Lawrence Market (King station), named National Geographic’s top food market in the world; the Distillery District (King station and 514 Cherry streetcar) for hipster crafts, dining, clothes, and design. Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is not included in pricing and will be added at the cash register at the rate of 13%.

ELECTRICAL CURRENT

Remember, if you are coming from outside of North America you’ll need to bring adaptors for your electrical goods: every socket uses a two- or three-pin plug, 120 voltage.

PHARMACIES, EMERGENCY AND MEDICAL HELP:

Pharmacy

Nearby pharmacies include two Shoppers Drug Mart locations on Bloor St. (236 Bloor St W) and Charles St. (718 Yonge St).

Emergencies

The emergency number (when there is a risk to life, or if a crime is being committed) for the Emergency Services (Fire, Police, Ambulance) is 911. The non-emergency number for police is (416) 808-2222. The nearest emergency room is at Sunnybrook Hospital (43 Wellesley St E,) just east of Yonge St.

TELEPHONE AND MOBILE PHONES

The code for Canada from overseas is +1. Direct non-US long-distance calls can be made to Europe by dialing 011 plus the country code, and the number you wish to reach. Toronto sits within two area codes, 416 and 647. In order to reach a local number, you will need to add one of these three-digit area codes before the seven digit local number, e.g. 416-978-2011. Many American phone plans like Verizon and T-Mobile offer North American-wide add-ons which allow you to use your phone in Canada just as you would at home.

TIPPING AND TAX

Most purchases made in Ontario are subject to Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), which is added to the stated price of the purchase at the point of sale at a rate of 13%. Certain goods, including books, newspapers, certain food and beverages, childrens’ clothing, and feminine hygiene products, are exempt from HST.

Tipping, although nominally expected with quality service, is expected in cabs, restaurants, bars, and with home delivery services at a minimum rate of 15%, or 20% if service is exceptional.