Subject: Re: Travel to Toronto
Alex, I support Linda's idea of flying directly to Toronto. The time and hassle of multiple travel modes isn't worth it. There are a number of ways to get from Pearson Airport to downtown Toronto. The cheapest and slowest way is with the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) which offers a bus service from the airport to a subway station (York Mills or Yorkdale - either one will put you on the north/south line that will take you downtown). A second choice is the Airport Express service, which is quicker. It leaves the airport every 20 minutes and arrives at the Royal York Hotel (in deepest downtown Toronto). It will cost you $15.00 pp. Total $45.00. Finally, there is always the taxi/limousine service which will cost about $50.00 for all of you. Your choice will depend on where you are staying and how much time you want to spend commuting from and back to the airport.

From your message, it seems as though you are also looking for accommodation ideas. Not knowing where your conference is to be held, I'll offer a few suggestions in the central area with reasonable rates.

Hotel Victoria is in the heart of downtown Toronto on Yonge Street. It's a small boutique hotel with reasonable rates. It is within walking distance of everything you are likely to want to visit and abounds in restaurants. http://www.hotelvictoria-toronto.com/

The Delta Chelsea Hotel is a bit further up Yonge street but still within walking distance of most sites and one block from the subway. http://www.deltahotels.com/hotels/hotels.do?hotelId=10

Another choice is the Cambridge Suites, slso downtown. The hotel has two-bedroom suites equipped with "small" kitchens, which may be a more economical alternative. http://www.cambridgesuitestoronto.com/

If you're at all interested, you may want to check out the University of Toronto for availability of its residences that often rent out rooms after the end of the academic year. I did a quick check of New College, but not knowing your stay dates, couldn't find out if there are rooms available. Lucy, Toronto