Toronto is the vibrant city built on the shore of Lake Ontario in Ontario, Canada. It is the 4th largest city in North America, the 2nd largest financial centre in North America, and the 4th best city in the world to experience diverse cultures. Toronto is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most livable cities. Diversity fuels Toronto’s civic dynamism-successive waves of immigration have made the city a microcosm of the world. The most obvious testament to the vitality of immigrant culture is Toronto’s burgeoning food scene, which includes cuisines from the world over. There are three universities (including the University of Toronto – co-host of the NACCB 2018 – as well as York and Ryerson), the Royal Ontario Museum, several NGOs (including WCS Canada-co-hot of NACCB 2018 – World Wildlife Fund Canada, Toronto Regional Conservation Authority, among others) as well as federal and provincial government agencies.
The geography of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) consists of a series of ravines and the first urban national park in Canada, the Rouge National Urban Park. The Park includes natural ecosystems (Carolinian ecosystems, marshes, beaches), agricultural systems (working farms), and a diversity of cultural features (oldest known indigenous sites in Ontario). The park offers a wide variety of hikes accessible by biking (e.g. Bike Share Toronto) as well as access to a broad range of wild and urban experiences through the public Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and Ontario’s inter-regional transit (GO transit) including the Toronto Zoo, Toronto Islands, Rouge National Urban Park, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Canadian Heritage Rivers (e.g. the Humber River and the Don River), Niagra Escarpment, Bruce Trail Conservancy, among others.
NACCB 2018 will be hosted at the Westin Harbour Castle which is situated in downtown Toronto at the Harbourfront Center. Westin is NACCB 2018’s official host hotel. Look for information on reduced-rate reservations through the NACCB block at a later date.