Travelling to Toronto
Toronto Pearson International Airport is Canada’s largest, North America’s second-largest, and Toronto’s primary international airport, serving the city’s metropolitan area and surrounding region.
The Union-Pearson (UP) Express connects Toronto Pearson airport to Union Station in downtown Toronto. The UP Express departs every 15 minutes, gets you downtown in under 25 minutes, provides free WiFi, and costs just $12.35 for a ticket to Union.
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (formerly the Toronto City Centre Airport) is Toronto’s downtown airport, located a quick walk, shuttle or ferry ride from from the downtown core.
For full details about air travel to Toronto click here.
Toronto’s Union Station is the city’s primary rail station and transportation hub, connecting VIA Rail and AMTRAK passengers from the surrounding region to Ontario commuter rail service and Toronto’s subway.
Highways 2, 401, 407 and Queen Elizabeth Way are Toronto’s major highways, linking the city to the surrounding region. The nearest Canada-U.S. border crossings are at Niagara Falls, Buffalo-Fort Erie and Detroit-Windsor.
Learn about travel times, routes, and more here.
Border and Entry into Canada
Visitors to Canada must clear Canada Customs border security upon entry.
When you enter Canada, a Canada Border Services Agency officer may ask to see your passport and a valid visa, if one is necessary for your trip. For more information about required documentation and border procedures, visit the Canada Border Services Agency’s website.
As a Health Innovation Week attendee, you may be asked for proof that you are attending a meeting or convention, so have a copy of the meeting agenda and/or registration on hand just in case. (Remember to hold onto these for your return trip as well.)
Health Innovation Week attendees can take advantage of preferred rates for hotels and ground transportation services in the MaRS neighbourhood. Our partner hotels provide accommodations that are comfortable, affordable and located within walking distance of MaRS. Note that at certain times of the year, group rates could be lower or higher than the individually negotiated rates. (Group rates are quoted separately.) Blackout dates may apply. Please contact each hotel for the latest applicable rates.
- Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre: Travellers and travel planners can make bookings at the special MaRS Discovery District rate here, or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by quoting “MaRS Discovery District.”
- Chelsea Hotel Toronto: Rates range from $147 (January to April; November to December) to $159 (May to October) per room, per night. Bookings at the special MaRS Discovery District rate can be made here. Travellers and travel planners can also make reservations by phone (1-800-CHELSEA), email (email@example.com) or fax (416-585-4302) by requesting the special MaRS Discovery District rate.
Getting to MaRS
MaRS Discovery District is the primary location for Health Innovation Week. The MaRS Centre is located in the heart of Toronto’s Discovery District at the intersection of University Avenue and College Street.
MaRS can be accessed via the main entrance at 101 College Street, as well as via the entrance at 661 University Avenue for direct access to the West Tower. The Collaboration Centre (the main conference facility) is located in the South Tower.
101 College Street and 661 University Avenue
Monday to Friday
5 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$4 per 30 min, $20 per day max (expires at 10pm)
5 p.m.- 5 a.m.
$4 per 30 min, $6 per evening max (until 8am)
Getting here by public transit?
MaRS is easily accessible by Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) busses, streetcars and subway.
- Subway: MaRS offers direct underground access to the Queen’s Park subway station, with connecting service to Union Station.
- Streetcar: The College Street streetcar (506) stops at the corner of Elizabeth Street and College Street at the north-east corner of MaRS, and also at the corner of University Avenue and College Street, at the north-west corner of MaRS.