Accommodations

1. Hotels

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

***** Online Booking is now closed *****

Chelsea Hotel
Conference rate: $225/night, one king bed or two double beds, free WiFi
next cut-off date: Tuesday, Aug 27, 2019

Online Booking Link (Closed): https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=59052&Chain=10316&start=availresults&arrive=9/18/2019&depart=9/21/2019&adult=1&child=0&group=STM091819

***** Booking by email is still available based on availability of rooms. ***** Guests should email Ms. Yuliya Trybialustava (yuliya.trybialustava@chelseatoronto.com) directly for booking, and guests must also identify themselves as part of the “Zebrafish Conference” to get discounted rate. Toll free number for hotel: 1-800-CHELSEA (243-5732) or 416-595-1975.

Address: 33 Gerrard Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 1Z4

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto – Canada’s Largest Hotel – is located in the heart of downtown Toronto and within walking distance of the city’s hospital community, central business district, and public transportation. The Hotel features two restaurants and lounges, separate adult and family recreation facilities with 2 indoor pools and the 130-foot “Corkscrew”, downtown Toronto’s only indoor waterslide. The Hotel is also minutes from the city’s best shopping districts (including the Toronto Eaton Centre), Yonge-Dundas Square, fantastic live theatre, vibrant nightlife and exciting attractions.

2. Getting in to Toronto from Airport

by taxi ($56 approximately)

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 $3.25. http://www.ttc.ca/Riding_the_TTC/Airport_service.jsp

by Union Pearson Express, trains leave every 15 minutes starting 5:27 in the morning until 0:57 am the next day and takes 25 minutes. It also stops at Weston and Bloor stations. From Union take the subway northbound to Dundas or Queen Station. Adult tickets are $12.35. https://www.upexpress.com/Home/Index

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: $3.25 / Seniors: $2.20 / Children: Free
Tickets and Tokens: $3.10 ea minimum $9.30 for 3 Tickets $2.15 sold in multiples of 5
Day Pass: $13.00
Weekly Pass: Adults: $64.95

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.
http://www.becktaxi.com/index.php
http://www.royaltaxi.ca/
http://crowntaxi.com/

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.
From: http://www.toronto.ca/about_toronto/