Toronto's fashionable Bloor and Yorkville districts, which also contain the sprawling Toronto University, lie adjacent to Downtown Toronto. The world's most celebrated and chic stores are on Bloor Street, and when the Toronto International Film Festival rolls in every September, hotel and restaurant venues in Yorkville become almost impossible to reserve.
Toronto Pearson International Airport is approximately 18 miles to the west; there is also Toronto's city airport, Billy Bishop, which occupies its own island in downtown. (From it, passengers need to take a one-minute free ferry ride that goes right to Downtown Toronto, where taxis await).
Also in adjacent downtown Toronto is Canada's largest convention center, the striking glass-and-metal Metro Toronto Convention Centre, which has 600,000 square feet of exhibit and meeting space that includes 64 meeting rooms, a 1,330-seat theater and two ballrooms.
Hotel venues in Bloor/Yorkville are among some of the most sought-after in the whole city, including the 380-room Four Seasons Toronto, 336-room Park Hyatt Toronto and 258-room Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville. The 28-room Windsor Arms Hotel and the 77-room Hazelton perhaps top all other tony Torontonian treats.
The event venues in Bloor/Yorkville include the Royal Canadian Yacht Club: founded in 1852, it has its city club in this district, and inside it, the Canada, City, Commodore's and Model rooms can host groups from 10 to 130. The Heliconian Club, established in 1909 as a "meeting place for professional women in the arts and letters," can host groups of up to 120. Historic Carlu Place, on Yonge and College streets, has private space in each of its three Clipper rooms for up to 75, as well as an 8,000-square-foot Concert Hall. Up to 350 can make use of its breathtaking Round Room. Lastly, the Al Green Theatre, part of the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, only opened in late 2003. Its theater has 288 seats and space for groups of up to 120 for dinner and 200 for receptions.
Dining venues in Bloor/Yorkville include Panagea, which is the showcase for chef Martin Kouprie and pastry chef Colen Quinn. The restaurant can host groups of 150. Fieramosca has a private dining room called La Nandina that can cater to 40, while Sotto Sotto can look after parties ranging from 5 persons to 80. Two French-influenced spots are Bistro 990 the second floor of which is given over to groups of 65 for dinners, 200 for receptions, while also keeping back its second floor for groups is Peridot, a recent addition to the Bloor/Yorkville dining scene that has space for functions of up to 100.