Thank you so much for travelling to be with us! We appreciate the time, effort and cost of travelling, especially during the holiday season, and are so grateful for your presence with us. Here you’ll find key information and a number of resources to help you plan your trip. If this is your first visit to Toronto, welcome! (If not, welcome back!) Anne moved to Toronto in the fall of 2005 to go to school, and spent seven years in this wonderful city. Coleman moved to Toronto in December of 2009 and was here for 18 months. Somehow, during that overlap (despite having a number of places in common!) we never met. But we both love the city and are excited to be celebrating our wedding here. We hope you’ll love your visit as much as we loved living here!
Travel to Toronto
Toronto’s primary airport is Pearson International Airport, located in Mississauga. Access to downtown is available by public transit (one bus, then a subway train). There is a shuttle bus that connects several downtown hotels with the airport, including the hotel where we will be staying. Taxis and rental cars are available at the airport as well. Visit Pearson International Airport for additional information. A secondary airport, the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is located on the Toronto Islands, in Lake Ontario, just minutes from downtown Toronto. A short ferry ride and taxis and access to the streetcar are immediately available. One 15 minute streetcar ride will bring you to the subway system. Check out Toronto Island Airport for more.
Toronto is accesible by rail. VIA and Amtrak trains travel in and out of Union Station in downtown, where you can easily connect to the subway and transit system. You can find more at the Union Station, Via Rail, and Amtrak websites.
If you are coming to Toronto by car, there are several main routes into the city. Highway 401 runs (roughly) east-west through the city, passing the airport in the west end. Highway 427 runs north-south and crosses the 401 at the airport. The Queen Elizabeth Way/Gardiner Expressway runs along the lake, at the south end of the city, crossing the 427 in the west and ending at the 404 (north-south) in the east. The hotel and church are in the south-east part of downtown. See the map below:
The Church at Berkeley
Located at 315 Queen Street East, the Church at Berkeley is an event space in downtown Toronto. Originally built as a church in 1871, it’s been a TV studio, an office building and has most recently been partially restored to serve as a space for weddings, art shows, film screenings, music and dance performances and more. The balcony where our ceremony will take place features original and restored stained glass windows. The main floor will host our reception.
The Holiday Inn Express – Downtown Toronto
We’ve arranged for discounted room rates at the Holiday Inn Express, located at 111 Lombard Street (nearest major intersection: Jarvis and Richmond). It’s a ten minute walk east (or two minute drive) to the church where we’ll be having our ceremony and celebration. If you walk ten minutes west you’ll be in the heart of downtown Toronto, at Queen subway station and the Eaton Centre. Room rates are $119 for a Queen or $129 for two Double beds. The Queen room can accommodate a third guest on a pull-out sofa, and the Double rooms can host up to two additional guests for $10 per person per night. There is no additional charge for children under 18 staying in their parents’ rooms. Due to fire code regulations, cots cannot be provided. The room includes wifi, local calling and a hot breakfast. To book, please call the Holiday Inn Express Downtown Toronto at (416) 367 5555. You can also e-mail Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, dates you’ll be staying, type of room and number of occupants. Be sure to let them know that you are with the Hurd-Glenn wedding. In order to guarantee these rates, please be sure to book your room by November 30. If you are unsure about your plans, and decide you’d like a room after that date, please email or call us and we’ll try to get additional rooms at that rate. (Note: If you plan to stay beyond the night of December 30th, room rates for New Year’s Eve jump up to $179 and $189, then come down on January 1 to $109 and $119.)
There are a couple of other hotels in the area near the church: The Grand Hotel, and the Hilton Garden Inn. If you let the Grand Hotel know you are attending a function at the Berkeley, they should give you a discounted rate.