Travel (Planning and Discounts)

There are many ways to travel to the SPARC Symposium, and we want to help you find the best (and most affordable) option. To help navigate a trip to Cobalt, check out our travel guide below, which outlines many of the transportation options, and be sure to also check out the travel discounts available to attendees which are outlined further down this page.

TRAVEL GUIDE

From OTTAWA or TORONTO to COBALT (via NORTH BAY)

Planes

(No Trains)

Automobiles

  • Ottawa to North Bay via Hwy 17 (350km), then North Bay to Cobalt via Hwy 11 (150km)
  • Toronto (direct!) to Cobalt via Hwy 11 (500km)

Bus (careful of schedules – not always convenient!)

 

From SUDBURY (direct to COBALT, 210km)

Planes

(No Trains)

Automobiles

  • Sudbury to Cobalt via Hwy 17, ON-64 (‘Field cut-off’), and Hwy 11 (210km)

Bus (careful of schedules – not always convenient!)

 

IN SHORT: driving is the most efficient way to get to Cobalt. Please email Felicity (felicity@sparcperformingarts.com) a note if you have room in your car to bring someone with you. Or, if we find we have several people in need of a ride from one location, we might be able to arrange a shared vehicle.

When you register for the Symposium through TicketPro, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a 20% travel discount code for Ontario Northland and a 10% travel discount code for VIA Rail.

TRAVEL DISCOUNTS

 

Ontario Northland

Ontario Northland is proud to partner with SPARC to offer the 2018 SPARC Symposium a 20% DISCOUNT PROMO CODE to help with travel costs to and from Cobalt, Ontario.

This discount provides 20% off the published published fare and can be used for travel between May 22 – May 28, 2018 (i.e. cannot you cannot use it to travel on May 21)

It can be used for ALL fares for BOTH motor coaches and the Polar Bear Express train

Ticket may be purchased online or at a station/agency, using the discount code.

Instructions for discount use:

Symposium attendees MUST reference the Ontario Northland discount code number when booking your ticket online or in person with an Ontario Northland ticket agent. The code can be found on the final page of your TicketPro confirmation sheet. It can also be found in the symposium emails sent to you in the weeks following your registration. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Chandel Gambles, SPARC’s Northern Outreach Consultant, at chandel@sparcperformingarts.com, or by phone at 647-884-8887.

To book your travel today, please go to http://www.ontarionorthland.ca/

 

VIA Rail** A SPECIAL SPARC TRAVEL REMINDER: Please remember that everyone can also save on travel costs on ALL FARES by purchasing their VIA RAIL tickets on “Discount Tuesdays”.**

VIA RAIL is pleased to support the 2018 SPARC Symposium. They are offering all symposium attendees a 10% travel discount for all travel between May 22nd 2018 and May 29th 2018.
The 10% SPARC Symposium discount can be used to connect all stations throughout the VIA system to Toronto, Ontario and Return

Restrictions:

Fare applies to a maximum of two passengers per booking.

One complimentary stopover is allowed at no additional charge.

For travel on all fare plans in Business class, the first stopover is allowed at no additional charge, provided that this stopover takes place in Toronto, Montréal or Ottawa only.

This discount can be applied to fare in Economy Economy Plus, Business, Business Plus, and Sleeper Class”Subject to the conditions and restrictions of the fare plan to which the additional discount is being applied.”

This Discount does not apply in any ESCAPE FARES AND PRESTIGE CLASS.

Instructions for discount use:

Symposium Attendees must reference the VIA discount code number, which can be found on the final page of your TicketPro confirmation sheet. It can also be found in the symposium emails sent to you in the weeks following your registration. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Chandel Gambles, SPARC’s Northern Outreach Consultant, at chandel@sparcperformingarts.com, or by phone at 647-884-8887.

Booking tips:

Online booking tips >> You have to log in to your profile, or create one prior to booking. On the Passenger information screen, select “Convention fare” from the “Discount Type” drop-down menu, and enter the discount code for your convention or event in the “Discount code” field. This code has been given to you by the conference organizer. The conference fare will be shown on the next page.

To book your travel, head tohttp://www.viarail.ca/en