Things to See - Niagara Illumination

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Travelling to Niagara Falls

The largest airport on the Canadian side is Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), which is about 123 km (76 mi) from Niagara Falls, Ontario.  Pearson International is served by all of the major North American and European air carriers

On the U.S. side of the border, Buffalo Niagara International Airport  offers fewer direct flights than Pearson but is only 53 km (33 mi) to Niagara Falls, Canada.

John C. Munro International Airport (YHM) in Hamilton, Ontario is mid-way between Toronto and Niagara Falls and is approximately 100 km (63 mi) to Niagara Falls.

Entry into Canada

The Government of Canada has introduced a new entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), that applies to visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to or transiting Canada by air. Among those exempted from this new requirement are U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa. For travellers arriving by land (if you fly into Buffalo and drive across border), a valid passport or visa is all that is required.

To see if you need an eTA or to apply for one, visit the Government of Canada’s Electronic Travel Authorization website. An eTA costs $7 CAD and is valid for up to five years.

Please visit the Government of Canada website for entry requirements by country. If you require a Visa letter, please contact Janet Delsey.

Ground Transportation

Airport shuttle service has been arranged with Niagara Air Bus for travel from Toronto and Buffalo airports. They have also provided a 10% discount on all private exclusive services for all airports, including Hamilton, Toronto Pearson, Buffalo, and Niagara Falls New York International Airports. Please use conference code 472 when making your reservation.  


Round-trip: $92.00 plus HST
One-way: $68.00 plus HST

Round-trip: $100.00 plus HST
One-way: $70.00 plus 

Alternatively there are several car rental agencies located at all airports. 

GEDC conference hotel – Hilton Fallsview Hotel & Suites

Hilton Hotel overlooking Niagara Falls

Located in the heart of Niagara Falls’ entertainment district and within walking distance to most Niagara Falls attractions, Hilton Fallsview Hotel & Suites is Niagara’s premier fallsview hotel overlooking both Canadian and American Falls. This world class hotel is connected by a glass enclosed walkway to the conference venue, the Fallsview Casino Resort and Conference Centre.

Hilton Niagara Falls / Fallsview Hotel and Suites

Come for the event and stay for the weekend in one of the finest sightseeing destinations in Canada!

The GEDC conference rates have been arranged for the period of October 9 to October 13, 2017. All rooms in the block have a spectacular view of the Niagara Falls. For additional room nights outside of the block, please contact hotel for rates and availability.


Monday, October 9 to Thursday, October 12

Friday, October 13
Fallsview single or double occupancy $149.00 CAD $209.00 CAD

Rate includes complimentary wifi, self-parking and morning delivery of the National Post. Guests will be allocated between the US and Canadian Fallsview rooms in the newly renovated tower from floors 15-31. Guests are welcome to request high floors when making their booking and the front desk will do everything they can to accommodate at arrival.  All rooms in this block will have great views.

Register online here or call 1-866-873-9829. Please quote group code "ENGIN" to ensure you are part of the room block. The special room rate has been extended to September 22, after which time the room rates will be considerably higher. *NOTICE:  Monday night rooms within the block are limited (there are rooms outside the block), but there are still rooms available for Tuesday to Friday.  It is recommended that you book within the block, as the rooms have fabulous views of the falls and the rates are excellent. Please call 1-866-873-9829 to book if you cannot book Monday online.