1. Hotels

Please try to book your hotel at the conference selected hotels, in which we have negotiated group prices for conference participants. These hotels are within 10-minute walk from the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Calling In: Guests can also call DoubleTree Hotel’s Reservations desk at 1-800-668-6600 and reference group code:MIC

Address: 108 Chestnut Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 1R3


The following hotels are closer but not conference negotiated hotels as the room prices are much more expensive:

Bond Hotel
Located in the heart of downtown Toronto at Yonge/Dundas Square, the Bond Place Hotel Toronto is steps away from attractions such as the Theatre District, Eaton Centre, dining, and other local area attractions. Many downtown corporate and government offices, colleges and universities, are within walking distance.

Address: 65 Dundas Street East, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2G8

Pantages Hotel
Experience the sleeker, sexier side of Toronto from Pantages Hotel Toronto Centre, consistently rated as one of the city’s most desirable places to stay. Located mere steps away from the centre of downtown arts and culture, entertainment, shopping, and business, this chic all-suite boutique hotel and spa embodies the concept of urban luxury in stunning fashion. Discover this veritable architectural jewel, which reflects the energy and brilliance of its vibrant city surroundings, inside and out.

Address: 200 Victoria, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1T8 (directly across from the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, the conference location)

Map of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute and surrounding hotels

View 2013 Zebrafish Conference Hotel Map in a larger map

2. Getting in to Toronto from Airport

by taxi ($56 approximately)

by Airport Express bus to several downtown locations, including Bond Hotel, Cambridge Suites Hotel and Pantages Hotel (across from the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute). The cost is approximately $26.95 one way and $44.95 round trip; prices are cheaper if you book online

by T.T.C. (public transit) take bus #192 (Airport Rocket) to Kipling subway station – take the subway eastbound to St. Yonge Station – take the subway southbound to Dundas or Queen Station. The cost is $3.00.

3. Getting around Toronto

The TTC is the quick, convenient and safe way to get around Toronto. The subway system is linked with buses and streetcars to get you around Toronto on one fare, provided it’s a one-way trip with no stopovers.

Subway/RT: On weekdays and Saturdays, trains run every few minutes from about 6 a.m. until 1:30 a.m. On Sundays, they run from about 9 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Buses and Streetcars: Most buses and streetcars start about 5 a.m. and run to about 1:30 a.m. weekdays, with reduced service on weekends. Buses and streetcars are equipped with route and destination information signs. Schedule information is posted at most major route intersections.
Late-Night Service: There’s a late-night service called the Blue Night Network. Buses and streetcars run on most major routes (transit stops are marked with a reflective blue band) every morning from about 1:30am to 5 a.m. Service is provided every 30 minutes or better.
Streetcar and bus operators do not sell fares or carry change. Transfers are free and must be obtained where you pay your fare. Transfers are only valid at transfer points on day of issue for a one-way continuous trip – or as otherwise noted on the transfer.
Fares: Adults: $3.00 / Seniors: $2.00 / Children: 75¢
5 Tokens: $12.50 / 10 tokens: $25.00
Day Pass: $10.00
Weekly Pass: Adults: $36.00 / Seniors: $28.00

On weekdays, Day Passes are good for one person for unlimited regular route travel from the start of service until 5:30 a.m. the next day.
On Saturday, Sunday and holidays a Day Pass can be used for unlimited regular route travel for two adults (other options available for families with children. Please see TTC site for details). You don’t need to worry about transfers with a day pass, you can hop on and off the TTC as often as you want.
Tickets and tokens are available at all subway collector booths and over 1,200 TTC Authorized Ticket Agents in Toronto, including numerous convenience stores.
Also, there are many taxi companies that operate in Toronto. The most common being Beck, Royal, Crown and Diamond.

4. About Toronto

Toronto’s population is one of the most diverse in the world. Nearly all of the world’s culture groups are represented in Toronto and more than 100 languages and dialects are spoken. It is the hub of the nation’s commercial, financial, industrial, and cultural life, and is the capital of the Province of Ontario. People have lived here since shortly after the last ice age, although the urban community only dates to 1793 when British colonial officials founded the ‘Town of York’ on what then was the Upper Canadian frontier. That backwoods village grew to become the ‘City of Toronto’ in 1834, and through its subsequent evolution and expansion Toronto has emerged as one of the most liveable and multicultural urban places in the world today.