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Hamilton has access to four airports that enable easy air travel from any direction.

Toronto Pearson International Airport - 45-60 minutes away depending on traffic, with a direct public express bus line running twice-hourly during peak hours from Pearson to downtown Hamilton. You can use GoTransit to trave from the airport to Hamilton. Timetables.

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport - Located on Lake Ontario and a short shuttle ride from Union Station, Bishop is served by both Air Canada and Porter. Union Station has numerous train and bus options to Hamilton for ~$10 one-way.

John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport - Hamilton’s Airport is served by Westjet , Air Canada, and Newleaf airlines.

Buffalo Niagara International Airport - Buffalo’s airport can be reached by car in about 1:15 and does offer various shuttle options. It is frequently used by travelers to and from the Toronto and Niagara regions and is an option for those coming from the U.S.

Airport Shuttle

Airways Transit is proud to offer Islandoracon 2017 delegates the preferred shared ride fares of $48.67(plus HST) for one way transportation between Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and downtown Hamilton and $42.48 (plus HST) between Hamilton International Airport (YHM) and downtown Hamilton.

If two or more persons are travelling together on the same reservation, group fares will be applied and noted on your confirmation. Advanced reservations and prepayment are required for preferred fare eligibility.

To book your round trip or one way transportation, please call 905-689- 4460 and reference Conference Code ISLD2017 or book online by clicking here.


VIA Rail ( has a stop in Aldershot, a short and uncomplicated bus ride from Hamilton.


Hamilton’s location provides easy access to major highways (Queen Elizabeth Highway/QEW, 401, 403 and 407). Hamilton is just an hour drive to the US border and downtown Toronto.

If you are going to have a car and don't mind giving some fellow attendees a ride to and from events in town, please consider putting your name down on our Ride Share Sign Up Sheet.

Trip Planning

Triplinx is the official transit trip planner for the Greater Toronto & Hamilton area. It makes it very easy to plan a trip, see an example at

Local transit

Hamilton has an excellent bus system ( ), as well as an extensive and easy-to-use bike share program ( ). Visitors can set up a pay-as-you-go account for a $3 fee.

This station is a short walk from the conference venue.

Islandoracon will facilitate car sharing for attendees to help get to and from the conference. Sign up here if you have a car or need a ride.

More inforamtion available from Tourism Hamilton.


Rapidly shedding its gritty steeltown reputation, Hamilton is experiencing strong, sustained urban renewal, with myriad bars, restaurants, and retail options opening just in the last few years. As Toronto rapidly ascends into unaffordability and icons such as Bar Volo and Honest Ed’s face demolition to make way for anodyne glass and steel condo developments, social and cultural life increasingly shifts toward Hamilton.

The proposed location, LIUNA Station, lies directly adjacent to the heart of this renewal, namely, the art and retail district on James Street North. Attendees would likely stay at one of the four major hotels and have a pleasant and interesting 10-15 minute walk to the conference venue.


LIUNA Station has ample free parking and is fully accessible.


James Street North near LIUNA station is home to an increasingly diverse array of restaurants. From Mexican food at Mesa to barbecue at Salt Lick to soups at the Burnt Tongue and dozens more, there’s something for every palate.

Farmers Market

The downtown Farmers Market features 60 vendors offering local, national, and international food. The market is open year round tempting shoppers with a variety of produce, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, deli, baked goods, and flowers. Anyone looking for specialty foods or artisan products won’t be disappointed.


Contrary to Hamilton’s historical reputation as an industrial hub, it is home to a great many natural wonders.

Local beer

Hamilton is home to a burgeoning local craft beer scene, with breweries such as Collective Arts, Nickel Brook, The Hamilton Brewery, Garden Brewery and the Brux House all making a mark.