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IDEA 2009

Getting to the Conference

Toronto Pushpin Map

Don’t Forget Your Passport!

International visitors please note: As of June 1, 2009, visitors to Canada by air, land and sea need a passport or equivalent travel document. (Some exceptions apply to children's passport requirements). US visitors may use an equivalent document to enter Canada, but need a valid US passport to re-enter the US. For more information on Canadian entry requirements, please visit the Canadian Border Services Agency's Website ( or the US State Department's Travel in Canada page (

The MaRS Centre

Getting to the MaRS Centre is convenient anyway you decide to travel. The Collaboration Centre (where IDEA2009 will take place) is located in the South Tower of the facility.

The MaRS Centre
101 College Street
Toronto, Ontario
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Coming from the Airport?

You can take a limo from Pearson to downtown Toronto for a flat rate of $54 CDN. Taxis cost a flat rate of $49 CDN.

The Toronto Airport Express is a shuttle that runs from the airport to the hotel in a loop with vans about every 20 minutes. Fares are $19.95 CDN one-way or $32.95 round-trip. You can purchase tickets for the shuttle online at

Mass Transit

Transit in Toronto is operated by the Toronto Transit Commission ( and Go Transit (, Toronto’s inter-regional public transit system.


MaRS is located just steps east of the Queen's Park subway station at the corner of College and University Avenue with connecting service to Go Trains at Union Station.

Street Car

The College Street streetcar stops at the corner of Elizabeth St & College Street at the north-east corner of the MaRS Centre.

By Car

From Lester B. Pearson International Airport

  1. Start going toward the AIRPORT EXIT on TERMINAL ACCESS ROAD - go 0.3 km
  2. Continue on AEROQUAY CRES - go 0.3 km
  3. Take left ramp onto ON-409 - go 5.8 km
  4. ON-409 becomes MACDONALD-CARTIER FWY - go 0.3 km
  5. MACDONALD-CARTIER FWY becomes ON-401 - go 8.5 km
  6. Take ramp onto WILLIAM R ALLEN RD - go 4.0 km
  7. Take left ramp toward EGLINTON AVE W - go < 0.1 km
  8. Turn left on EGLINTON AVE W - go 1.0 km
  9. Turn right on BATHURST ST - go 5.1 km
  10. Turn left on COLLEGE ST - go 1.6 km
  11. Arrive at 101 COLLEGE ST, TORONTO

From Union Station, Toronto

  1. Start on UNIVERSITY AVE (at FRONT ST W & UNIVERSITY AVE in TORONTO) going toward HEENAN PL (northward) - go 1.1 mi
  2. Turn right on COLLEGE ST - go 0.1 mi
  3. Arrive at 101 COLLEGE ST, TORONTO


  • Monday to Friday
    $4 per 30 mins
    $15 daily max (to 5:00am)

    $4 per 30 mins
    $8 evening max

  • Saturday, Sunday, Holidays
    $4 per 30 mins
    $8 daily max (to 5:00am)

    $4 per 30 mins
    $8 evening max

Credits: MaRS (venue images), David Armano (social influence circles). | © 2009 The Information Architecture Institute