Planning Your Trip

We know Toronto is an expensive city, and after negotiating with schools, airport hotels, downtown hotels, and resorts, we have decided on the one place that answers your concerns – including COVID-19 ones – and has a number of advantages over all the options offered, and at the same price! It is the Bank of Montreal’s Institute for Learning  (BMO IFL).


  • private single rooms and ensuite bathrooms
  • meals on-site
  • specialized classroom space
  • only group there (with 150 registrants)

We hope to see you at the BMO IFL in May 2022! Once you’ve been confirmed for Seminar 2022, please book your accommodations as soon as possible. You can reserve your rooms beginning on November 1, 2021.


We recommend budgeting ~$200 a day for room, dinner and breakfast.

BMO IFL is the complete package – but bring your credit card for shopping and ID!

Seminar 2022 Registration Concierge at BMO IFL
  • Daily breakfast and dinner (NEW) and private room
  • Delicious, fresh food from an award-winning chef
  • Alcohol is not included but may be purchased at the Social Centre
  • A credit card is required to register for your room
  • Rooms at IFL are single occupancy by the fire code
  • Each room contains an ensuite, full private bathroom, windows that open, queen-size/single occupancy bed, iron and board, desk, chairs, TV
  • Gym, indoor pool, outdoor courtyard, social centre, and bar – open every day
  • Everything except excursions happens here!
  • Parking is free
  • Wi-fi is free
  • Gratuity-free

BMO IFL is located at 3550 Pharmacy Avenue (at Steeles), a 25-minute drive from Pearson International Airport and 30 minutes to downtown. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) bus to the subway is at the corner.

Accommodations at BMO IFL are available for only 150 people in single rooms – so register ASAP!

Single Occupancy Room at BMO IFL

Other Accommodations

If you are travelling with family, or a spouse once you’ve registered for the seminar, you can book your room at the COURTYARD ® & TOWNEPLACE SUITES ®, TORONTO NORTHEAST/MARKHAM, 7095 Woodbine Avenue, Markham, ON L3R 1A3, Canada. (Provided at the same room price as the BMO IFL).  Breakfast and free parking are included. 

Reservation information will accompany your invoice.

Dining Hall
Nutrition Hub

Your lunch and nutrition breaks are included in the seminar registration. (NEW)

Remember to order any extra/spousal tickets for the Seminar Reception, the AGM Lunch or the Gala Dinner as desired with your registration so your family/spouse can join you. 

Join your stitching friends for dinner at the BMO IFL – purchase vouchers at the BMO IFL Concierge Desk for Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday’s dinners. You can buy vouchers for dinner for your spouse/family and friends as well.

If you live locally and don’t want to miss the camaraderie of dinner, buy dinner vouchers at the Concierge Desk at the BMO IFL for the Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday night dinners! We’d love you to join us.


In May, the average daily highs in Toronto are 14C- 20C. So we are planning for sunshine but prepare for all sorts of weather. Other than the excursions, you won’t need to be outside, but you’ll probably want to enjoy the courtyard! And with an indoor pool and gym – bring your gear!

Travel to Toronto

By air: Pearson International Airport or Billy Bishop City Centre Airport. Please note that there may be COVID protocols in place. Confirm with your airline before flying. There are no self-isolation rooms at the BMO IFL.

Taxis, limos, Uber, Lyft, car rentals, and rideshare programs are available at the airports. See or or for Billy Bishop  for direct links to moving around the airport. Do this before your arrival, so you know the options available – even if someone is meeting you.

Did you know that Pearson Airport has a “cell-phone waiting lot” where your friends can wait for free until you call them to come up to the arrivals level for pick-up?

By road: Toronto is the major city on the northern shore of Lake Ontario. Accessed from the east by Highway 401, from the west by Highways 401 and 407, and from the north by Highway 11 (Yonge Street), Don Valley Parkway (Hwy 404)  and Highway 400 (to Steeles, eastbound).  Find directions to 3550 Pharmacy Avenue on Google Maps.

Around Toronto Travel Options

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) from Finch Station: bus 53B Steeles East to Markham (30 min) + 300-metre walk from intersection to building at 3550 Pharmacy Ave. COVID masks are mandatory on TTC at the time of this publication. The TTC has a phone app, RedRockett, that shows the location of streetcars and times of TTC buses. Taxis, ride-shares (Uber, Lyft) and rental cars are easily booked.

Please see the concierge at the BMO IFL to book taxis/limos. Use a cellphone app for the others.