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Getting Downtown

For attendees flying into Pearson Airport, the UP Pearson Express is a quick way to get downtown. In 25 minutes, the train will take you from Pearson to Union Station. The UP Pearson Express station is located in Terminal 1, directly adjacent to the Link Train service that connects Terminal 1 and 3. The adult fare is $12.35 one way.

From Union Station, you can either take the subway (TTC), walk (about 20 minutes to TMU and less to many hotels), or take a taxi to your hotel or TMU. If you take the subway, then board Line 1 (Yonge-University) north to Finch and exit at Dundas. Many hotels are between Union Station and TMU and are closer to the King or Queen exits.

If you choose to walk, then here is route suggested by Google maps. If it is raining, then you can take the underground PATH as far north as TMU (Yonge and Dundas) and to many other places in the downtown core. Here is a map of the PATH.

Transit

TTC trains and streetcars are the primary means of getting around the city. You can pay your fare by tapping your Credit Card or Debit Card. The adult fare is $3.30 and automatically includes a 2-hour transfer period as long as you tap with the same card.

Train stations are indicated by the TTC symbol. The closest train stations to TMU are College Station and Dundas Station. You can find train, bus, and streetcar routes on the TTC Downtown Map. There are additional maps for Bus Routes and Streetcar Routes

Attractions

Art Gallery of Ontario

Cost: $30 Adult Admission, Free 25 and Under Admission, Free 6-9pm on Wednesdays with pre-booked tickets. One of the largest museums in North America, with a collection of more than 120,000 artworks. For a list of current and upcoming exhibitions visit ago.ca/exhibitions.

*Royal Ontario Museum

Cost: $26-$28.50 depending on time of visit The Royal Ontario Museum is Canada’s largest and most comprehensive museum, showcasing art, culture and nature from around the world and across the ages. 

*CN Tower

Cost: Varies depending on purchased experience The CN Tower is a 553.3 m-high concrete communications and observation tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

If you dine at 360 Restaurant, you can enjoy your meal at 351 metres (1,151 feet) above the ground. 360 Restaurant completes one rotation every 72 minutes, giving you an ever-changing, full-circle view of Toronto while you dine. 360 Restaurant guests do not need to purchase a separate admission ticket to the tower, however, they must spend a minimum of $75 on food per person (minimum spend is $40 for children 4 to 12) which includes elevation to the restaurant and access to the CN Tower's Main Observation Level following your meal.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Cost: $44 Adult Admission, $29 Youth Admission, $12.60 Child Admission. Visit Ripley's Aquarium and immerse yourself in a world of 20000 aquatic animals.

St. Lawrence Market

Find over 120 specialty merchants at the St. Lawrence Market.

Kensington Market

Kensington Market is a walkable bohemian neighbourhood that draws artists and tourists to its indie shops, vintage boutiques and arts spaces. 

The Annex, the Distillery District, and West Queen West are all walkable neighbourhoods with many good cafes and restaurants.

Coffee Shops Near Campus

Balzac’s Image Arts (on campus)

Black Wolf Coffee (717 Bay St)

Jimmy’s Coffee (84 Gerrard St)

Hailed Coffee (44 Gerrard St)

Mos Mos Coffee & Cookie Shop (655 Bay St)

Places to Eat Near Campus

Quick Bites

Banh Mi Boys (329 Yonge St)

Dave’s Hot Chicken (328 Yonge St)

Osmow’s Shawarma (372 Yonge St)

Sit-down casual restaurants

Bom Bibimbap (72 Gerrard St)

Fran’s Restaurant and Bar (200 Victoria St)

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka (91 Dundas St)

Salad King Thai Food (340 Yonge St)

Paramount Middle Eastern Kitchen (253 Yonge St)

Anh Dao Restaurant (383 Spadina Ave – a bit of a walk but worth it)

The Rex (194 Queen St W – great live jazz)

Sit-down nicer restaurants

The Queen and Beaver Public House (35 Elm St)

Kinka Izakaya (398 Church St)

Volos Greek Cuisine (133 Richmond St W)

Woods Restaurant (45 Colborne St)

Canoe Restaurant (66 Wellington