|Unlike many modern
cities, the airport is within the major metropolitan area and easily accessible
(subject to some awesome traffic delays at rush hour of course). Pearson
International is Canada's main hub and easy connections are available for
almost anywhere in the world (yes, you can get there from here).
From Toronto you can
get regional bus service into Central Ontario North or you can even take
the commuter GO service (a combination of train and bus which will take
you all the way to Barrie) but the easiest way to get there is by car.
The major highway through the region is the 400 which heads north from
the 401 in the north western sector of the city a short distance from
the airport. The 400 whisks you north to the Blue Mountains, Georgian
Bay, the Muskokas and Algonquin Provincial Park.If your heading towards
Owen Sound and the Bruce Peninsula a quicker route is available via the
10 from the 401. If your driving, the closest access from the U.S. is
through the Buffalo-Niagara corridor in the southwest or further west
the Windsor-Detroit area. From the east your best bet is to take the bridge
just to the east of Kingston from upper New York State. From the eastern
provinces the 401 will take you directly into the heart of Toronto.
If you're down coming
from the northwest take Highway 69 south from Sudbury which turns into
the 400 south of Parry Sound. From the North Bay region take the 11 south
into Muskoka. The 11 merges with the 400 just north of Barry.
Taxies to Pearson
International airport from Toronto proper cost north of $35C. With the
airport in the city it makes sense to pick up an airport shuttle at
one of the downtown hotels. There is also an express bus which is significantly
less expensive. Inquire at 800-387-6787. Limousines are often a good
option but be sure to make reservations in advance. Rush hour has a
very definite impact on the time it will take to reach the airport.
The closer you get to those magic numbers, "9" and "5"
the longer it will take to get to the airport, allow progressively longer
time to compensate. Finally, for those easy going travelers who like
to travel light, you can always take the public transit system to and
from the airport.
- Regional National and International
The main Canadian
carrier into Toronto is Air Canada. There are a large number of international
carriers which also service the region.
Flying Times (Direct) to Toronto
Boston 1.5 hrs
Los Angeles 5hrs
Montreal - 1hr
New York 2hrs
San Francisco 4.5hrs
Vancouver - 4.5hrs
A valid drivers
license from you country of residence is valid for up to three months
in Ontario.Seat belts must be worn, by law, for adults and children
over 40lb (18kg). The speed limits are as posted, with freeways generally
allowing speeds up to 100km/h (62.5 mph), other highways 70 to 90 and
side roads generally allowing 50km/h.You are permitted to turn right
on red lights, once you've come to a full stop and ascertained the way
is clear, unless otherwise indicated. Ontario has radar, so keep a light
right foot. Ontario is particularly stringent about drinking and driving
- don't! Snow can fly early in the year, particularly in the north,
so check road conditions and closures before setting out.
- Barrie - Wasaga
Beach - 30km
- Buffalo - Blue
Mountain Resort - 273km
- North Bay - Blue
Mountain Resort - 314km
- Sudbury - Gravenhurst
- Toronto - Barrie
- Toronto - Blue
Mountain Resort - 168km
- Toronto - Hanover
- Toronto - Wasaga
Beach - 120km
Cams & Reports
- covers the northern section of Highway 400
- Covers southern section of Highway 400
Both Owen Sound
and Barrie have regular transit service. From Toronto you can reach
Barrie by taking the GO Train commuter rail service to Brandford then
the GO Bus to for the last leg.
Train - North South to Toronto - Go
System Map (160k)
transit system is excellent. Buses, streetcars, subways and the Go
Trains can get you almost anywhere, not only in the city but also
into the surrounding regions. The lower reaches of Central Ontario
North is accessible via the GO Train.
Maps and Guides
For maps of the
Toronto subway system, the bus system and the GO Train network see the
While bridges are
the common method to traverse waterways in Canada, ferries play a greater
or lesser role depending on the province or territory of travel. Ferries
are found throughout Ontario to facilitate river or lake crossings and
shorten routes that would other wise involve large detours. They are
also in service in the great lakes to reach off shore islands and to
connect the Bruce Peninsula to the northern reaches of Lake Huron at
Manitoulin Island. In the lower Georgian Bay area there is also a toll
ferry (passenger service only) from Cedar Point (northwest of Penetanguishene)
to Christian Island.
If you planning
to sail or cruise to the region by boat hydrographic or nautical charts
are essential. The maps can be obtained from the Canadian Hydrographic
Service in Ottawa.
Weather For casts
Ontario as with
all Canadian provinces has an excellent medicare systems for all of
its citizens. Visitors from the other provinces and territories are
cover when traveling in Ontario. For those of you who are visiting from
outside the country make a point of securing travel health insurance
before you set out.
Via Rail provides
passenger service for major centers in the east including those in Ontario
and Quebec. Arrivals and departures are from from the main terminus
in Ontario, at Union Station
in Toronto's downtown core. The Go Train is an excellent medium to short
distance commuter system servicing Toronto and the vicinity.
Rail service within
Canada is declining dramatically and many destinations will require
the use of both buses and the train to reach. Inquire about your planned
route before you set out to determine the mode(s) of transportation
Ontario's main terminal
is located in Toronto's downtown core a short distance from Union Station.
Several lines provide connectivity to other Canadian towns and cities
and into the U.S. You'll find most of the areas in the North Central
region can be reach easily by bus.