Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Public transit to the hotel

Our hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn Toronto/Oakville, is accessible by public transit.

The 21 Oakville bus runs from Clarkson GO Station to Winterborne Drive, which is just 400 metres (a seven-minute walk) south of the hotel. Please click here for walking directions to the hotel from the Winterborne Drive bus stop. The hotel is actually mislabelled on this map, the hotel is the building with the greenish grey roof to the north. It appears that the 21 Oakville does not run on Sundays.

The 29B Mississauga bus runs on Sundays along Winston Churchill Boulevard to Clarkson GO StationPlease click here for walking directions from the hotel to the Truscott Drive/Winston Churchill Boulevard bus stop. It runs every 40 minutes, so you should plan your trip before leaving for the bus. 

From Lester B. Pearson Airport, there is no direct public transit to the hotel. If you are very keen to take public transit from the airport, take the TTC to Kipling Station, then to the Long Branch transfer node, transfer to Long Branch GO Station, which is on the same line as Clarkson GO Station, from there take Oakville Transit to the hotel. Here is a link showing public transport from Pearson Airport to Clarkson, which involves different transit companies and multiple fares. I don't recommend this. 

Billy Bishop Airport, in downtown Toronto, is close to Union Station, which is on the same line as Clarkson GO Station. Billy Bishop Airport, named after the Canadian First World War flying ace, is actually on the Toronto Islands and is accessible from downtown Toronto by a free shuttle bus just outside Union Station.

From Clarkson GO Station, it's only an eight-minute drive to the hotel, so hailing a taxi might be easier. There is a taxi stand at Clarkson.

The hotel does have a local shuttle that goes to Clarkson GO Station, but you have to book it in advance and, to be honest, it was 20 minutes late when I was picked up to to do my first hotel site visit and the shuttle wasn't around when I needed to go back and I missed my train. Could have been worse!

Please double check all transit information closer to the date of the Joint AGM as public transit schedules do change. If it has, please let me know and I will update the post.

(Posting by Victoria)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Dates for the 2012 AGM

It would appear that I forgot to share the most basic of information about the AGM -- its dates! 

So, without further ado...

The Richard III Society of Canada is delighted to extend a warm welcome to the American Branch of the Richard III Society in the common cause of the rehabilitation of Richard III's character and legacy upon the occasion of our joint AGM this coming Friday, September 28th to Sunday, September 30th. 

May our merrie making, fellowship, and goodwill make this joint AGM as memorable as the one in 2004 when we were last honoured with the presence of so many Ricardians from across the US and Canada.


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Silent auction XIV

More goodies to add to the growing silent auction pile!

Arthur: King of the Middle March (Kevin Crossley-Holland, hardcover)
Caesar (Adrian Goldsworthy, paperback)
The Definitive Wit of Winston Churchill (edited by Richard M. Langworth, hardcover)
eyond Black (Hilary Mantel, paperback)
The Saint John's Fern (Kate Sedley, hardcover)

A handmade book by the ever reluctant Ricardian, James Pratt.
The pages are made of laid paper and are blank. The covers
feature five debossed five-petalled roses. The book measures
15cm high by 12cm wide by 4cm deep (5" x 6" x 1.5").
(Please note that there will be a reserve price on this item.)

A handsome metal mediaeval bookmark, a charming pink
pig (about the size of an adult's fingernail) and a sexy boar
brooch. These three items will be auctioned separately. 

(Posting by Victoria)