Useful Visitor Information
The information provided on this site is to be used at your discretion. LSBFON cannot vouch for products and services.
University of Toronto House Services may be helpful. There is a tab on the following website specifically for faculty http://www.housing.utoronto.ca/.
Some residences and accommodations provided by the U of T may also be applicable to you. Please check your eligibility – some conditions apply only to students regularly registered. More information can be found at:
We also suggest that you take a look at these places:
The Palmerston Inn, 322 Palmerston Blvd. Toronto, ON. M6G 2N6, Tel: 1-800-950-1363
The Chestnut Residence, 80 Chestnut Street, Toronto, ON. M5G 1R1, Tel: (416) 978- 8863
The Baldwin Village Inn (very close), 9 Baldwin Street, Toronto, ON. M5T 1L1. Tel: (416) 591- 5359
The University Women’s Club of Toronto, 162 St. George Street, Toronto, ON. M5S 2E9, Tel: (416) 979- 2000/ Fax: (416) 979- 3266
Massey College, 4 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON. M5S 2E1, Tel: (416) 946- 7843/ Fax: (416) 961- 9322
Lowther House, 72 Lowther Avenue, Toronto, ON. M5R 1C8, Tel: (416) 323- 1589/ Fax: (416) 961- 9322
If you’d like to stay in a hotel, here are some hotels that our Faculty uses:
InterContinental Toronto Yorkville, 220 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON. M5S 1T8, Tel: (416) 960- 5200/ Fax: (416) 960- 8269
Holiday Inn, 280 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON. M5S 1V8, Hotel Front Desk: (416) 968-0010 | Hotel Fax: (416) 968-7765
For more options, you can check tourism websites and other commercial websites that offer search engines on accommodations/hotels in Toronto.
Long-distance buses are cheaper than trains, but not as fast or comfortable. Bus lines covering Ontario, the rest of Canada and US destinations lurch out of the Metro Toronto Coach Terminal (416-393-7911; fax 416-979-8772; Dundas Square, 610 Bay St; Dundas; 5:30am-midnight), which has coin lockers and a Travelers’ Aid Society (416-596-8647; 9:30am-5:30pm) help desk, providing accommodation bookings, maps and brochures.
Greyhound (800-661-8747) covers much of southwestern Ontario, including the Niagara region and Stratford. Discounts on standard one-way adult fares are given to ISIC cardholders, seniors, children and pairs traveling together. Walk-up rates are the most expensive; purchase tickets at least a week in advance for better fares (advance tickets don’t guarantee a seat – you still have to line up!). When making reservations, always ask for the direct or express bus.
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC; 416-393-4636; ) operates an efficient subway, streetcar and bus system throughout the city. A helpful TTC Ride Guide is available from subway station attendants. More detailed (and very complicated) route maps are posted at streetcar shelters, major bus stops and inside subway cars.
Subway lines operate from approximately 6am (9am on Sunday) until 1:30am daily, with trains every five minutes. The main lines are the crosstown Bloor-Danforth line, and the U-shaped Yonge- University-Spadina line which bends through Union Station. Stations have Designated Waiting Areas (DWAs) monitored by security cameras and equipped with a bench, pay phone and intercom link to the station manager. They’re located where the subway guard’s car stops along the platform.
Streetcars are slower than the subway, but you’ll see more and they stop every block or two. Streetcars operate from 5am until 1:30am on weekdays with reduced weekend services. Route numbers and destinations are displayed on both front and rear cars. The main east-west routes are along St Clair Ave (512), College St (506), Dundas St (505), Queen St (501 and 502), and King St (503 and 504). North-south streetcars grind along Bathurst St (511) and Spadina Ave (510). The 511 turns west at the lakefront towards the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) grounds; the 510 turns east towards Union Station. The 509 Harbourfront streetcar trundles west from Union Station along Lake Shore Blvd.
Women traveling alone between 9pm and 5am can request stops anywhere along regular bus routes; notify the driver in advance and exit via the front doors. Bus stops with blue-banded poles are part of the limited Blue Night Network which operates basic city routes between 1:30am and 5am daily, running every 30 minutes.
For more far-flung travel, the TTC system connects with GO Transit’s GO Bus (416-869-3200, 888-438-6646) routes in surrounding suburbs like Richmond Hill, Brampton and Hamilton.
Metered fares start at $3; plus $1.50 for each additional kilometre, depending on traffic. Taxi drivers will usually take you where you want to go without ripping you off – hail one on the street and watch them brake, U-turn or swerve majestically across several lanes to pick you up. Taxi stands reside outside of hotels, museums, shopping malls and entertainment venues.
Taxi companies include the following:
Crown Taxi (416-292-1212, 877-750-7878)
Diamond Taxicab (416-366-6868)
Royal Taxi (416-777-9222). Has wheelchair-accessible taxis.
From April to September, Toronto Islands Ferries (416-392-8193) run every 15 to 30 minutes from 8am to 11pm, taking about 15 minutes to cross Toronto Inner Harbour. A return ticket costs adult/child/concession $6/2.50/3.50. Queues can be ridiculously long on weekends and holidays, so show up early. From October to March, ferry services are slashed to a minimum (roughly hourly), only servicing Ward’s Island, plus a couple per day to Hanlan’s Point if you’re lucky. The Toronto Islands Ferry Terminal is at the foot of Bay St, off Queens Quay, just west of the Westin Harbour Castle.
Banking & Money
Toronto has 6 major recognized banks (nearest branch location to the faculty):
Royal Bank of Canada, 101 College St. Suite 130, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7
Bank of Montreal, 700 University Avenue, Toronto, ON, M5G1X7
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), 460 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5G1V1
TD Canada Trust, 465 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5G 1W8, Branch # 1832
Scotiabank, 522 University Avenue, Toronto, ON, M5G1W7
HSBC, HSBC has many branches around the world. They may be able to provide more services to international visitors: email@example.com, 1-888-280-HSBC (4722) (Toll Free North America) 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Or 604-419-4169 (Dialing from outside North America. Long distance charges apply). Nearest branch location to the faculty: 222 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON M5T 3A2
Most Canadians don’t carry large amounts of cash for everyday use, relying on their credit cards, ATMs and direct debit cards. Personal checks are rarely accepted.Credit Cards
Visa, MasterCard, American Express and JCB cards are widely accepted in Canada. Credit cards can get you cash advances at bank ATMs, generally for a 3% surcharge.Changing Money
Always change your money at a recognized bank or financial institution. Some hotels, souvenir shops and tourist offices exchange money, but their rates won’t put a smile on your dial.
Food & Shopping
Please check out the following website for restaurants:
Grocery Stores (closest to the faculty)
There are numerous grocery stores found across the city. Some are small and independent while others are large chains. Here are a few:
Lablaws – 60 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5B 2H4
Metro – 444 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 2H4
No Frills – 449 Parliament St, Toronto, Ontario
Sobey’s – 509 Bloor St W, Toronto, Ontario
Kensington is located just to the west of downtown Toronto, bordered by Spadina Avenue, Dundas Street, Bathurst Street and College Street.
The Market is many things to many people; a unique shopping experience, a community worth living in, an artistic haven. Ask one hundred people what is great about the Market, and you will get more than a hundred answers.
St. Lawrence Market – 92 Front Street East
Over 120 specialty merchants and vendors await you at Toronto’s premier market at Front and Jarvis Streets. In the centre of the historic Old Town Toronto, close to the hub of today’s downtown, sit three buildings that have served as Toronto’s social centre, City Hall and market place throughout the City’s history.
There are numerous pharmacies found across the city. Some have extended hours and are open 24 hours. These are some of the most popular chains:
Before leaving your home country, you must purchase medical travel insurance.
If you are going to be a student at UofT or a visiting scholar, you will register for UHIP which is the University Health Insurance Plan when you arrive to Toronto:
There is a fee which may change year to year. The administrative assistant at the International Office will set up an appointment for you to meet with a UHIP representative.
Walk in Clinics
There are several walk in clinics that you can use if you are not feeling well and need to see a doctor. You will need to show your medical insurance or UHIP card.
Albany Medical Clinic, 807 Broadview Avenue, Toronto, ON, 416-461-9471, Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 8:30 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Sunday and Holidays 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
College & Ossington Family practice and Walk in Clinic, 815 College St., Toronto, ON, 416-533-1145, Monday – Friday 9-4, Saturday 9-1, Sunday 9-12
Patient Networks- Family Medicine and Walk in Clinic, 157 Yonge St., Toronto, ON, 416-362-8822, Monday – Friday 8-4, Saturday and Sunday closed
For 24 hour emergency medical attention, you may go to any emergency room in the various hospitals located across the city:
Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5G 1X8
Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5G 1X5
Toronto East General Hospital, 825 Coxwell Ave, Toronto, ON M4C 3E7
Toronto Western Hospital, 399 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5T 2S8
Women’s College Hospital, 76 Grenville St, Toronto, ON M5S 1B2
St. Michael’s Hospital, 30 Bond Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1W8
Access to the Building
Upon your arrival at the LSBFON, you’ll receive two keys from Nefeteria Wickham (Room 222). Access to the building is open from 8a.m. to 5p.m. Before you leave, you should return the keys to Nefeteria.
Mailing Room and Printing Resources
The mailing room is located on room 265, and it is where you can find the fax machine and the photocopy/printer machine. You’ll need a code to make photocopies. Ask Lourdes Calderon (room 336) about it. If you are expecting fax transmissions and snail mail, please ask Nefeteria Wickham to assign a mailbox for you. Mailboxes are arranged alphabetically, by last name.
Office supplies (paper, pencils/pens, files folders, etc.) are available at Reception (room 130). If you need anything else that is not available, please ask Carmen Cutajar (reception) and she’ll be able to order it for you.
Staplers, pencil sharpeners, Faculty stationery (envelopes etc.) are available in room 265. If you need anything else please contact Lourdes Calderon (room 336).
Computer and Internet Access
You’ll need a user name and password to log on to the computers at LSBFON. Please contact IT at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
You can use telephones at the Faculty to make unlimited local calls.
To make long-distance or international calls, please use calling cards or Skype. Contact Lourdes Calderon (room 336) for more information.
In Case of Emergency
Urgent 416 978 2222 (Campus Police)
Please let your supervisor/liaison at the Faculty of Nursing know your contact information in case of emergencies.
Faculty Weekly Tea
Faculty Tea is a weekly get-together that happens every Friday at 11a.m. at the Staff Lounge (2nd Floor).
This is a great opportunity to meet faculty, researchers and administrative staff in a casual way. You are more than welcome to join us!