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GFMAT-2/Bio 4 Hotel and Travel

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 click the booking link.

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

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Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre Hotel
525 Bay StreetToronto, Ontario  M5G 2L2, Canada
Phone: +1-416-597-9200


Group Rate – $229.00 CAD  per night plus tax (currently 16%)

Rooms are still available in the conference block for July 21-26.  Book now!

Reserve Your Room

Canada Border Services Agency

Click here to download the official letters of recognition of the GFMAT/BIO event from the Canada Border Services Agency to make your passage into Canada an easier process.  All attendees should carry these letters during travel to the conference.

Visa 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.

If you require an invitation letter in order to apply for a visa, please send an email with name of the meeting you plan to attend, your full name, mailing address, telephone number, date of birth, place of birth, passport number, passport issue date and passport expiration date to to obtain an official invitation from The American Ceramic Society.

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.  For all travelers acceptable travel documents, and identification must be presented at the border.


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.

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 travelers 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.  Get a discount on your travel with UP Express, details below.

Visit before July 21, 2019 and use promo code ACERS2019  to get your 25% discount on adult return tickets (round-trip) from Pearson Station to Union Station (regular price $24.70* CAD).  Tickets are valid for 1 year.

  • select “From Pearson To Union,”
  • select an adult return ticket for your round-trip
  • Add to order then click the ‘Buy Now’ button and then Checkout to pay for ticket
  • At checkout apply the promo code ACERS2019 during purchase
Area Information

Toronto has plenty to offer the international visitor.  Visit Tourism Toronto, Toronto’s convention and visitor’s bureau for an up-to-date calendar of events, sample itineraries and more ,

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

things to do in toronto
  • 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, theater, 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 )
  • To download the complete list, click here.