About Toronto

A message from Katerina Pavenski

Chair of the LOC of the 35th International Congress of the ISBT and your local host

"I was not born in Toronto but like so many others, I adopted Toronto as my home city. I came here about 20 years ago to attend medical school and never looked back. Yes, the city is fast-paced, crowded and busy. Some say it feels impersonal but I disagree.

Toronto offers so many different things it is sure to please everyone, just give it a chance. There is great entertainment, food, art and culture, professional sports, shopping... For those of you who prefer nature, the city is scattered with beautiful green oases of parks. The famous Niagara Falls and the stunning Niagara wine region are just a short ride away. However, what makes Toronto truly remarkable is its diversity. Toronto is the most diverse city in the world and walking Toronto neighbourhoods creates and illusion of travelling in the world. 

I hope that you will enjoy my city as much as I do. Bring a pair of good walking shoes and get ready for an adventure!"


  • Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Canadian Opera Company at the Four Seasons Centre
  • Check out Toronto skyline from the CN tower and dare to do the Edge Walk
  • Distillery District
  • Harbour cruises and Toronto Island: bring a picnic lunch and head to the Islands for the afternoon
  • Hockey Hall of Fame: a must for hockey fans!
  • Parks: Evergreen Brickworks, Trinity Bellwoods, Music Garden, High Park, The Beaches
  • Ripley's aquarium (right next to the MTCC)
  • Royal Conservatory of Music
  • Royal Ontorio Museum
  • Steamwhistle brewery
  • St. Lawrence Market: come early on Saturday, grab a breakfast and walk the market
  • Theatre: Ed Mirvish Theatre, Princess of Wales Theatre, Royal Alexandra Theatre
  • Toronto Symphony Orchestra
  • Toronto Zoo


  • Eaton Center
  • Queen Street West/Ossington
  • Kensington Market
  • Bloor Street (Bay and Bloor)

Where to eat

Shouie's list:

  • Pablo, Sweet Jesus (sweets), Byblos (Lybanese), Rodney's Oyster House (seafood), George (French), Miku, Richmond Station

Matt's list:

  • Roselle's (dessert and sweets), Pai (Thai), Golden Turtle (Vietnamese), Yasu (Japanese), Tabule (Lebanese), Borrel (Dutch), Bars Isabel and Raval (Spanish tapas), Seven Lives and La Carnita (Mexiacan, tacos);  Alo, Momofuku's Daisho or Shoto, Actinolite (fine dining);

Go out for drinks

  • Broadview Hotel rooftop, Thomson Hotel rooftop, Bellwoods Brewery, Her Father's Cider Bar, Sip Wine Bar

Special Events

  • May 28 - June 3: Inside Out (LGBT film festival at TIFF)
  • June 1: Start of pride month with a flag raising ceremony at City Hall and related events over that weekend and beyond
  • June 2: Riverside Eats & Beats
  • June 11: Start of African Music Week

Where to eat

  • Montecito, Chase, Sip Wine Bar, Douce France (dessert), Patisserie Sebastien (quiches and desserts)

About Toronto

Toronto is the most populous city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario. The city is known for its many skyscrapers and high-rise buildings, in particular the CN Tower which is 553.3 meters (1815.3 ft) high. The diverse population of Toronto reflects its current and historical role as an important destination for immigrants to Canada. Toronto's population includes more than 80 different ethnic groups; about 100 different languages are spoken in the city. 

As a gateway to a vast region that includes the world-famous Niagara Falls, the lakes and forests of Muskoka and the Kawarthas, and the nation's capital region, Toronto is an ideal base for a day trip or overnight stay and the perfect location for the 35th International congress of the ISBT.

In Toronto, the month of June is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 20ºC to 24ºC over the course of the month. Temperature is rarely exceeding 29ºC or dropping below 15ºC. 

The currency is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). VISA creditcards are generally accepted, but ATMs are located frequently throughout the city. Make sure to bring your pincode. 

Dress code 
Business or business casual.

The electrical supply is 120 Volts and 60 Hertz (cycles per second). Canada's electrical supply and electrical outlets are the same as those found in the United States.

Delegates are recommended to obtain travel insurance (medical, personal accident and luggage) in their home country prior to departure.

Generally, Toronto is a safe city. In case of urgent matters you can call 911 for ambulance service, fire stations, and police.

Toronto has emerged as a major style destination. Stores abound with luxury designer items, unique vintage finds and top home décor, and high fashion can be found around every corner. 

Smoking is not allowed in public indoor areas.

Most people need a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization to travel to Canada. Some people may only need their valid passport. To find out if you need a visa, click here.

Tap water is of a high quality and safe to drink.

Tipping comes as second nature to most folks in Toronto. That famous Canadian politeness means couresy often seems to come naturally when the tab closes or the bill comes around. In restaurants it is customary to tip approximately 15-20% on the total bill before tax. For other service providers suchs as hairdressers and taxi drivers the percentage of tip is up to the individual, but 10% minimum is common. 

The Distillery District neighbourhood is a national historic site and walking District. A favourite destination in Toronto for locals and tourists, famous for its unique restaurants, shopping boutiques, artisan studios, arts, culture and entertainment.

For more information about Toronto tourism click here or click here for Ontario tourism.