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CONGRESS 2004
An international congress
linking CME and CPD to health outcomes

May 16-19, 2004 - Toronto
The Fairmont Royal York Hotel
     

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The following sites provide information about various attractions, restaurants, & activities in Toronto. Since this list is not comprehensive, please use the General Tourism Sites to search for specific interests.
General Tourism Sites
www.torontotourism.com
www.toronto.com
www.toronto.hm


Art Gallery of Ontario
www.ago.net

Casa Loma
www.casaloma.org

CN Tower
www.cntower.ca

Dining/Restaurants
www.tordine.com
www.torontolife.com


Historic Fort York
www.city.toronto.on.ca/
culture/fort_york.htm


Hockey Hall of Fame
www.hhof.com

Mackenzie House & Recreated Print Shop
www.city.toronto.on.ca/
culture/mackenzie_house.htm


Musical Theatre
(purchase tickets online)

www.onstagenow.com


Niagara Falls
www.tourismniagara.com


Ontario Place
www.ontarioplace.com


Ontario Science Centre
www.ontariosciencecentre.ca


Professional Sports
Major League Baseball
(purchase tickets online)
bluejays.mlb.com

Royal Ontario Museum
www.rom.on.ca


Toronto Island Park
www.city.toronto.on.ca/
parks/to_islands/island_index.htm

Ferry Schedule
www.city.toronto.on.ca/
parks/to_islands/ferry.htm


Toronto Symphony Orchestra
www.tso.on.ca

Toronto Zoo
www.torontozoo.com

University of Toronto Tours
www.utoronto.ca/prospect/visitors
CLIMATE
Long, bright, sunny days are expected at this time of year in Toronto. Average daytime high temperatures are in the low 20°s C, while evening temperatures can be as low as 10° C. A sports jacket or light coat is recommended. The meeting facilities and guest rooms are equipped with air conditioning. For more information on Toronto weather, please go to
http://weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca .

CREDIT CARDS
Most American credit cards are honored in Canada. Most U.S. ATM (banking machine) cards can be used in Canada. Money will be disbursed in Canadian funds and converted to U.S. dollars on bank statement.

CURRENCY
Canadian currency is in dollars and cents. Please check the current exchange rate before travelling. Banks are generally closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Several options are available for currency exchange and bank machines are available at Lester B. Pearson Airport and at the hotel. U.S. currency is widely accepted. See
http://www.travelex.com for current rates of exchange.

DRIVER'S LICENCES
American State driver's licences are valid in Canada for varying periods of time, as legislated by individual provinces and territories. The 1949 International Driving Permit is also valid but it must be accompanied at all times by the visitor's State or National driver's licence.

ELECTRICAL CURRENT
110 Volts, 60 cycles AC (same as the U.S.).


GOODS AND SERVICES TAX VISITOR REBATE
The goods and services tax (GST) is a 7% tax charged for most goods and services sold or provided in Canada. As a visitor to Canada, you will pay the tax on most of your purchases. Under the visitor rebate program, you may get a refund of the tax paid on goods and accommodations in Canada, provided it is less than one month per lodging establishment.

You qualify for a tax refund if:
  • You are not a resident of Canada.
  • The total of your purchase amounts (before taxes) for eligible goods and accommodation must be at least $200.00 CAN
  • Each individual receipt for eligible goods shows a minimum total purchase amount (before taxes) of $50.00 CAN
  • You have your original receipts.
  • You apply for the refund within one year of purchasing the qualifying goods and accommodations.
  • Full conditions are outlined in the website http://www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca
For more information: Rebate Program Mailing Address:
Summerside Tax Centre
275 Pope Road
Summerside, PE
C1N 6N6

INSURANCE
Participants are strongly urged to take out personal, medical and travel insurance prior to travelling.

LANGUAGE
English is the dominant language used in Toronto. There will be no simultaneous translation.

OFFICIAL LETTERS OF INVITATION
Official letters of invitation to help overcome administrative difficulties in some countries can be sent by the Conference Secretariat upon written request. These letters do not commit the Organizing Committee to any financial obligation.

SMOKING POLICY
Smoking is prohibited in all conference meeting rooms.

TIME ZONES
Canada has six time zones: Newfoundland (3.5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time), Atlantic (4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time), Eastern (5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time), Central (6 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time), Mountain (7 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time) and Pacific (8 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time).

Toronto is on Eastern Time (5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time).

TIPPING
Tips or service charges are not usually added to a bill in Canada. In general, a tip of up to 15% of the sub-total (before taxes) is given. This applies to waiters, waitresses, barbers and hairdressers, taxi drivers, etc.

TORONTO AIRPORT
http://www.torontoairport.ca
Lester B. Pearson International Airport (LBPIA) is located 27 km (16 miles) northwest of downtown Toronto.
  • Airport Express (bus service from Airport to Toronto Hotels)
        http://www.torontoairportexpress.com

    VISAS
    Visitors require a valid passport, and many require a visitor's visa. For information on visa requirements and exemptions please check with the nearest Canadian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. For further information please go to
    http://www.cic.gc.ca and click on the section on "Visitors". While attendees from the USA do not require a passport in order to travel to Canada, it is strongly recommended, as photo identification is required. Proof of citizenship must be provided.

    WATER
    Canadian tap water is among the cleanest in the world and is very safe to drink.



    CONFERENCE SECRETARIAT
    Office of Continuing Education
    Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
    500 University Avenue, Suite 650
    Toronto, Ontario  M5G 1V7
    PH: 416.978.2719   Fax: 416.971.2200
    Toll-Free: 1.888.512.8173 (North America only)

    [email protected]