Pathfinding Outfitters Retreat

Pathfinding Outfitters Retreat

April 16-17, 2020

Our retreat location:
Friends Meeting House
60 Lowther Street
Toronto, ON M5R 1C7
Telephone (416) 921-0368
Fax (416) 920-5214

Travel and Accommodation Information

ACCOMMODATIONS in the area of the Friends Meeting House…

We’ve listed a few of the closest accommodation as well as a link for bed and breakfasts in Toronto.

This link is a resource to B&B’s in the city.

The neighborhoods closest to the course venue is The Annex and Yorkville.  Public transit makes any affordable accommodation reachable by the TTC.  

It is our strong recommendation that folks find accommodation at a Bed and Breakfast or Hotel.  Toronto has recently passed licensing requirements that will impact Airbnb and short-stay accommodations, effective Spring 2020.:

1. Madison Manor
20 Madison Avenue 
CHECK- IN at Front Desk: 16 Madison Avenue
Front desk telephone: (416) 922–5579  
Toll Free (Canada/US): 1-877-561-7048   

We have arranged with the Madison Manor Boutique Hotel a call-in group Code to a discounted booking rate. Please use the group Booking code name “Inclusion” when you contact the Madison. Guests are able to book via email at or you can call directly at 416-922-5579.

The discounted rates are available for 4 diffenent types of rooms:

Standard Twin Rooms – $129 a night plus applicable taxes
Standard King or Queen Rooms – $129 a night plus applicable taxes
Deluxe King Rooms – $159 a night plus applicable taxes
Fireplace Suites – $169 a night plus applicable taxes

European-style continental breakfast from 7:30 am.  The Madison is one block from Spadina Subway station on the Bloor-Danforth line of the TTC.

For those at the Madison Manor Boutique Hotel, there is a metered parking lot behind the hotel, reached off Spadina (just North of Bloor) with a full day rate and an evening/ overnight flat rate.

2.  Kimpton St George Hotel Annex
280 Bloor Street       Front desk telephone: (416) 968-0010
Reservations (800) 546- 7866

Other details:  in-hotel restaurant.  Internet.  Adjacent to St George Subway station (one stop from Spadina station) Please verify parking rates and arrangements with the hotel. 

3The Admiral St George Bed and Breakfast
305 Saint George Street         (416) 921-1899
This B& B is only a few blocks away and has good reviews from folks who have stayed there.

4. The InterContintental Hotel Toronto Yorkville
220 Bloor StreetToronto      416-960-5200

Other bed and breakfast accommodations, and hotels, are searchable for the Annex and Yorkville neighborhoods through  

Transportation and parking at the Friends Meeting House:

By subway:
St George subway stop on the TTC (Toronto Transit).  You can take the stairs or elevator up to the street level, following the Bedford Street exit out of the station. Walk North 2 blocks on Bedford Street to Lowther.  60 Lowther is one house west from the corner of Lowther and Bedford Streets.

There is only reserved parking at the Friends Meeting House.   

The nearest parking for folks attending the course is at the garage on Bedford Street at Bloor. Daily rate is approx. $12.  (On street parking near the venue is metered and for 3 hours maximum.)  From the garage (across from the TTC subway station) you walk following Bedford Street North 2 blocks to Lowther. 60 Lowther is one house west from the corner of Lowther and Bedford street.

From the Kimpton St George and Inter-continental Hotels:
Walking route: East on Bloor toward St George Street. Left (north) on St George Street. Right on Lowther.  Destination on left at 60 Lowther.  About 10  minutes walk.

From Madison Manor:
Walking route: Head North on Madison Avenue. Turn right (East) 4 blocks to 60 Lowther.  Destination on the left (north) side of the street, across from a small park. ( About 5 blocks, 10 minutes.) 

From Madison Manor by Subway to the Friends Meeting House:
There is a pathway between the buildings of the hotel that runs from Madison Avenue to Spadina Street.  It leads through a parking lot behind the hotel to Spadina Street. Head South on Spadina and the station is less than 1 block on the east side of the street.  Tokens can be purchased ($3.25) at this entrance of the Spadina station.  Take subway train on the Bloor-Danforth line East one stop to St George station.

You can take the stairs or elevator up to the street level, following the Bedford Street exit out of the station. Walk North 2 blocks on Bedford Street to Lowther.  60 Lowther is one house west from the corner of Lowther and Bedford street.

TO REACH THE Friends Meeting House and NEARBY HOTELS:

We leave you to map your routes via Google and such. Please map your routes via Google or apps such as WAZE.  Due to construction in the city, checking your route on a ‘live feed’ is recommended.  

Air travel into Toronto
There are two Toronto Airports: Billy Bishop (YTZ) and Pearson (YYZ).

Billy Bishop Airport – the downtown, city airport – 

Porter and Air Canada airlines flies into this harbour front airport in the center of the city of Toronto.  We suggest you check: and compare rates and flight schedules to those in and out of Pearson International.  Often the flights are very competitively priced. If your hotel is near the Friends Meeting House venue, your best bet is a taxi, Lyft or Uber from Billy Bishop to your hotel.  The Friends Meeting House is in midcity Toronto.

There is Free shuttle bus outside the Billy Bishop Terminal, to downtown Union station. Taxis are available outside of Union Station to reach your accommodation, if your accommodation is closer to downtown.

Toronto Pearson International Airport:   

Options for travel into the city from Pearson Airport:

This is a new express train service (25 minutes) from Pearson Airport to the Union Station.  ($12.35 one way).  Very comfy – likely the best new way into the city. For more information about how to find the train from the airport to the city, check out:  Tickets can also be purchased ahead on line or at a kiosk/machine on the train platform.

Bloor Station is the second stop on the UP Express, and is the station before Union terminal.  You can exit Bloor UP station and walk to the Dundas West TTC station to get to the Friends meeting House and nearby mid-city hotels (Annex and Yorkville neighboourhoods are nearby to Friends Meeting Hoise).  These hotels are listed below.

  • Taxis: Taxis to hotels in Toronto cost between Cdn $45 – $65.00, plus tip, and take about 35 – 45 minutes.

Taxis and limousines are available outside of every terminal at designated stands. The cost is comparable between the taxis and limousines.   Estimate for this trip: @$65 CAD for the ride and takes about 45 minutes. Limousines: Limousines are comfortable sedans, typically black, that operate similarly to taxis, but offer a higher standard of service and newer vehicles. Limousines are available outside of every terminal.

  • Uber or Lyft– You can now use Uber or Lyft from Billy Bishop or Pearson International Airport.  For information for use from Pearson follow this link:

You should be able to use your Uber or Lyft accounts for this purpose.

  • TTC (bus and subway via Pearson airport):  Ground transportation at the airport curb by bus to the Kipling TTC station (look for signs or ask information about the bus to connect with the TTC subway at the Kipling Station). Cost of $3.25 Cdn and you need to have the correct cash or a token to board the bus.  Connecting transit is available then to mid city (the Spadina or the St George station) on the Bloor-Danforth subway line.  TTC Fares, Passes, Ticket Information: