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HTCMC 9 – GFMAT 2016 Hotel and Travel Information

WARNING – If you are contacted by any company by email or phone asking you to make a hotel reservation through them, please do not respond.  These companies may falsely represent that they are affiliated with the hotel, ACerS or the meeting.  These companies are not reputable.  Do not provide any personal information to them.  To make a hotel reservation, please call the hotel reservation phone number below or go online.


Contact Greg Phelps at gphelps@ceramics.org (614-794-5831) if you have any questions.


Hotel Reservations

Hotel PicToronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel

525 Bay Street 

Toronto, Ontario  M5G 2L2, Canada



Group Rate – $199.99 CAD  per night


Reservations available on or before June 3, 2016, or until the block sells out. Mention the American Ceramic Society.




Toronto Pearson International Airport – YYZ

Once you’ve arrived, there are lots of options to get downtown. Hop in a taxi, or arrange for a limo or take the light rail – they’re all conveniently waiting to take you where you want to go.


NEW!  Union Pearson Express speeds you from the airport to downtown Toronto in just 25 minutes, with trains departing every 15 minutes, 19 ½ hours a day.  UP Express is North America’s first dedicated air-rail link, offering travellers a comfortable and reliable way to get in and out of the city without risking the uncertainties of city traffic. But, it also offers amenities that make the journey easier, like airline check-in kiosks, power outlets, luggage racks, onboard Wi-Fi, and up-to-the-minute flight information.  




If you are a non Canadian resident planning to attend this meeting, please note that the process of obtaining a visa to enter Canada may take several months.  Please refer to the Canadian government website for official guidelines to obtain entry to Canada. 


To facilitate border procedures it is recommended that any foreign national who will attend HTCMC-GFMAT should present a copy of the attached letter to the Border Services Officer upon their arrival to Canada.    


Starting March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and foreign nationals with a valid visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, are not eligible to apply for an eTA and are strongly encouraged to travel with a valid Canadian passport.  All travelers must present acceptable travel documents, and identification must be presented at the border.


Area Information

Tourism Toronto 

A guide to what’s happening in the city, including events, festivals, sports, theatre and seasonal activities.  


Friday, July 1 is Canada Day, the birthday of Canada.  Celebrations, fireworks, parades and more will be hosted across the country and Toronto is no exception.  Aside from the Canada Day events, Toronto has plenty to offer the international visitor. Visit Tourism Toronto, Toronto’s convention and visitor’s bureau.   


ACerS Concierge: Have questions about the meeting location? Contact Greg Phelps for assistance.

Greg’s Top 10 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – 2016

  • The Gardiner Museum – The Gardiner Museum is Canada’s national ceramics museum, and one of the world’s great specialty museums, an inviting destination that inspires and connects people, art and ideas through clay, one of the world’s oldest art forms. The Museum mounts special exhibitions, events, lectures and clay classes to complement its permanent collection. They are committed to making a contribution to the medium we celebrate, as well as the community we serve.  
  • The Aga Khan Museum – The Aga Khan Museum offers visitors a window into worlds unknown or unfamiliar: the artistic, intellectual, and scientific heritage of Muslim civilizations across the centuries from the Iberian Peninsula to China. As a vibrant educational institution, the Museum encourages the full spectrum of public engagement with its diverse permanent collection of more than 1,000 objects and its ever-changing roster of exhibitions and innovative programs – including music and dance performances, theatre, lectures, workshops, and film screenings.
  • Art Gallery of Ontario – With a collection of more than 90,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. From the vast body of Group of Seven and signature Canadian works to the African art gallery, from cutting-edge contemporary art to Peter Paul Rubens’ masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, the AGO offers an incredible art experience with each visit. 
  • CN Tower – Begin your visit with an overview (literally!) of Toronto at the top of CN Tower. Do you have what it takes to walk the world’s highest full circle hands-free walk on a 5 ft (1.5 m) wide ledge encircling the top of the Tower’s main pod, 356m/1168ft (116 stories) above the ground. Visitors walk in groups of six, while attached to an overhead safety rail via a trolley and harness system. Trained EdgeWalk guides will encourage participants to push their personal limits, allowing them to lean back over Toronto with nothing but air and breathtaking views of Lake Ontario beneath them.   (GET A DISCOUNT Toronto City Pass)
  • Walking Tours by Tour Guys – Kensington Market & Chinatown  – A Toronto Urban Adventure that explores the 20th century immigrant experience in Toronto’s most eclectic neighborhoods
  • Tour Guys also hosts When Pigs Fry, A Toronto Urban Adventure that delves into “Hogtown” history and all things pig-related, while indulging in bacon, pork and sausage  (Please note: This tour is not suitable for vegetarians or people with dietary restrictions that exclude pork. No food substitutions can be made)  
  • Casa Loma – Visit Canada’s Majestic Castle, Casa Loma and step back in time to a period of European elegance and splendor. The former home of Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellatt, Canada’s foremost castle is complete with decorated suites, secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel, towers, stables, and beautiful 5-acre estate gardens. Self-guided multimedia tours are available in English, French, Japanese, German, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin, Korean and American Sign Language.  (GET A DISCOUNT Toronto City Pass)
  • Hockey Hall of Fame – Home of the Stanley Cup and the best of hockey, you can DO IT ALL…AT THE HALL. Guests can go one-on-one against life-size, animated versions of today’s greatest goalies and shooters, including Carey Price and Sidney Crosby; call the play-by-play of some of hockey’s greatest goals; view hockey flicks in one of our two theatres; get up close and personal with the Stanley Cup; explore the largest collection of hockey memorabilia in the world. 
  • Tall Ship Kajama – Enjoy the spectacular views from aboard a traditional Tall Ship Kajama. This is your chance to get on board one of Toronto’s best attractions and sail the Kajama, a traditional 165 foot three masted Schooner boat cruise Toronto’s only Tall Ship boat cruise attraction sailing daily from downtown Toronto. Sit back and relax with a cold drink from our fully licensed bar, as you set sail on Toronto Harbour and beautiful Lake Ontario. 
  • The Toronto Botanical Garden – An array of 17 award-winning themed gardens spanning nearly four acres, The Toronto Botanical Garden is designed to educate and inspire. You’ll also find a complete range of innovative indoor and outdoor learning experiences for all ages including programs, garden tours, nature day camps, field trips and an extensive horticultural library; LEED Silver Certified Building with an energy-efficient sloping green roof and award-winning ecologically conscious design; garden shop and seasonal café. 
  • One of the premiere arts and cultural events in Canada, and the largest pride celebration in North America, Pride Toronto’s 10-day festival takes place each year during the end of June. Highlighting Canada’s continued progress in human rights and Toronto’s diversity and dynamism, Pride Toronto showcases performances and extensive cultural events to create social, cultural and political impact. Pride Toronto returns for a full month of Pride in June 2016, and its 36th celebration Friday, June 24 – Sunday, July 3, 2016. For more information and programming announcements, click here.

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