This year’s DementiaHack hackathon will be held at the MaRS Discovery District located at 101 College Street, Toronto, Ontario. Here's some info that might be helpful if you're coming in from out of town.
Here are a selection of hotels that are conveniently located within walking distance from the hackathon venue. Approximate prices as of January 2017 are indicated in parenthesis. There are others as well, easily found using AirBnb.com, hotels.com, or other aggregator sites.
Courtyard Toronto Downtown (~$179)
475 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 1X7
The Saint James (~$166)
26 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, ON M5B 1G3
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Toronto Downtown (~$165)
108 Chestnut Street, Toronto, ON M5G 1R3
Pantages Hotel Toronto (~$131)
200 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1V8
Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre (~$125)
30 Carlton Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2E9
Chelsea Hotel (~$119)
33 Gerrard Street West, Toronto, ON M5G 1Z4
Sharing & Alternative Accommodations
Aggregation sites like AirBnB are gaining popularity, and hostel directories like HostelWorld, Hostelbookers, and Hostelling International provide many options.
Two airports are used to get to and from Toronto and are easily accessible by public transport, car, ride sharing programs, or taxi and shuttles.
VIA Rail and AMTRAK are the primary services that bring visitors into the city, mostly arriving at Union Station, conveniently located in downtown Toronto. Union Station is a stop on the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) subway system, which offers public transit service throughout the city.
You may travel to the city using Greyhound, Boltbus, Megabus, and others.
A number of highways link the surrounding cities to Toronto. The closest borders to the United States are Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, and Windsor from West, and Kingston in the East. If you are inclined to drive to Toronto, there are toll and non-toll highways that take you right into the heart of the city. Remember to read up on driving rules in Canada to stay on the right side of the law! Remember to include parking costs (Parkopedia and Green P are good places to start) in budgeting for travel. The MaRS building has underground pay parking with weekend rates.
Hired Ground Transportation
As with most major cities, Toronto has a few large taxi companies as well as car services. From the airport, it is about 35 minutes to downtown Toronto. Here are a couple of commonly used taxi companies:
The TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) is the backbone of public transportation in Toronto. Please check them out to get around downtown, especially during peak hours on weekdays and throughout the weekend. There are many festivals and activities running right through fall into winter in Toronto that can cause delays and congestion. TTC maps are available at most subway stations in paper copy, or posted to entrances and bus and streetcar stops downtown.
What to do in Toronto
Here are some helpful links if you’re looking for things to do in Toronto.