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    Quote Originally Posted by jtpc View Post
    The Holiday Inn Waterfront was my first choice to look up, but the prices have skyrocketed overnight. I think this hotel knows they have a big event that weekend now. Should have booked last night when their flexible rates were their normal $160/night, but I waited until this morning and now you're looking at $300/night. Do they realistically think they're going to get many people (or anyone) paying that?

    I checked out their property page on the Holiday Inn website and it boasts a multi-million dollar renovation that was completed last year. I guess $300/night is one way to help pay for it!
    I know, eh?! I always look at Holiday Inn and/or Best Western first as you pretty much know what you're going to get with them. I was looking at the H.I. hotel website last night, phoned them this morning and the rates had pretty much doubled. This Confederation Inn sounds good, great rate, great location....now just need the plane tickets! And event tickets would help too Any word on when they go on sale?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WildRose View Post
    You can catch the VIA train to Toronto at Sudbury Junction - it's only 10 kms from downtown Sudbury.
    http://www.viarail.ca/en/stations/ontario/sudbury-jct
    You can? Take a closer look. The only train they offer is Sudbury to White River and back. If there was a VIA Train to Toronto out of Sudbury, I'd be booking for next week and my trip for Toronto CSOI.

    Thanks for looking that up for me and the effort, but believe me when I say I've done that in the past. Grrrr!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtpc View Post
    The Holiday Inn Waterfront was my first choice to look up, but the prices have skyrocketed overnight. I think this hotel knows they have a big event that weekend now. Should have booked last night when their flexible rates were their normal $160/night, but I waited until this morning and now you're looking at $300/night. Do they realistically think they're going to get many people (or anyone) paying that?

    I checked out their property page on the Holiday Inn website and it boasts a multi-million dollar renovation that was completed last year. I guess $300/night is one way to help pay for it!
    Seriously I booked it two nights ago when I got the email confirming and paid $149 a night..
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    Quote Originally Posted by jykang View Post
    Since I live in Kingston, this can't be better news. Downtown is tiny (in a good way), with practically everything jammed together. You can walk everywhere.

    I live in Napanee....about a half hour drive and I couldn't be more excited. After I read it in the paper this morning I was jumping up and down, and immediately got on the phone to talk to 3 other friends who have tolerated by constant babble about skating over the years. They are all going with me, so it should be a blast.

    Kingston is a lovely city, and I love going in to shop around downtown, and it has lots of restaurants to choose from - many within walking distance from the venue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AragornElessar View Post
    You can? Take a closer look. The only train they offer is Sudbury to White River and back. If there was a VIA Train to Toronto out of Sudbury, I'd be booking for next week and my trip for Toronto CSOI.
    You need to look up Sudbury *Junction* not Sudbury. Here's the info for the next train to Toronto - from VIA's website.
    https://reservia.viarail.ca/search/tripresult.aspx?t=D
    SUDBURY JCT - TORONTO, Saturday Apr 24, 2010
    Departs: 02:20 Arrives: 09:30 Duration: 7 hrs 10 mins
    VIA doesn't stop at the station in downtown Sudbury, it stops 10 kms outside of Sudbury at a place called Sudbury Junction. I've travelled VIA Rail a lot, cross country to & from Toronto, and trust me, VIA does stop at Sudbury Junction, people from Sudbury do get on there, and we did all end up in Toronto Long trip getting into T.O. though. Freight trains have the right away, so sometimes you can spend a lot of time not going anywhere. The train that runs to Kingston is good - it's more like a commuter train and was always on time the few times I rode it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nyrak View Post
    I've been doing a little research on Kingston, looks like a nice little town....however, hotels seem to be gouging so far. I did find this hotel, it's about half the price of the nearby Holiday Inn, a couple blocks from the arena....anyone Kingston residents/people that have been there have opinions on the place? Confederation Place Hotel? www.confederationplace.com Thanks!
    Two weeks ago my husband and I went to K Rock to see Gordon Lightfoot, and we decided to stay at Confederation Place and we were happy with the hotel. We had a room that was newly renovated and the beds were sooooo comfortable. It's a five minute walk to the venue, and lots of restaurants to choose from within walking distance. The only thing negative about it was that we had to pay $10.00 per night for parking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WildRose View Post
    Last time I looked there were still 10 provinces in Canada and many of the best attended events have been in the west. Skate Canada's members don't fill buildings, skating fans do. Winnipeg would have been a great location - here's hoping they're saving it for Canadians.
    I'm well aware that there are ten provinces lol! I'm also aware that Ontario, followed by Quebec, have the highest populations in Canada as well as the highest number of Skate Canada members. Manitoba falls fifth according to the latest population statistics listed on the Statistics Canada website. It isn't too big a leap to guess that higher populations (and Skate Canada members) will translate into more tickets sold and a readily available volunteer base. It makes sense to me to locate large competitions close to large populations not only for ticket sales and volunteers but also to reduce the travel time and costs of those participating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by napanean View Post
    Two weeks ago my husband and I went to K Rock to see Gordon Lightfoot, and we decided to stay at Confederation Place and we were happy with the hotel. We had a room that was newly renovated and the beds were sooooo comfortable. It's a five minute walk to the venue, and lots of restaurants to choose from within walking distance. The only thing negative about it was that we had to pay $10.00 per night for parking.
    That brings up a good point - parking in Kingston can be difficult. You will probably have to pay for parking if you stay anywhere near downtown. Thankfully, everything is pretty walkable once you get here, so you shouldn't need to drive much.

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    Joining the conversation to mention a few other possibilities (first post). There are some good small hotels/B&Bs in the downtown area about ten minutes walk from the rink, through a residential area and the downtown core. Most (maybe all) include breakfast.

    Hotel Belvedere on King St. (limestone inn) 1 800 559-0584 or 613 548-1565
    Hochelaga Inn on Sydenham St. (Victorian inn) 613 549-5534
    Rosemount B&B Inn (Tuscan villa style inn) 613 531-8844
    Frontenac Club Inn (limestone former bank building) 613 547-4707 or 547-6167.
    a more expensive option.

    Some travel thoughts too:
    Kingston is equidistant from Toronto and Montreal, about 2 ½ hours by car. Montreal Trudeau Airport is in Dorval, a Montreal suburb to the west of the city, and within sight of the Via Rail train station. A free shuttle operates between the airport and the train station. As well as being more convenient, the food is better at Trudeau than Pearson.

    If you’re renting a car, Ottawa is a good choice because of the easy 2-hour drive to Kingston. Otherwise, you’ll need to take a taxi to the train or bus to make the connection.

    Toronto Pearson Airport is located to the northwest of the city (Kingston is to the east). It is the biggest and least accessible airport, unless you’re planning to fly through to Kingston. The train station is downtown, about a $50 cab ride away (or can be reached by a shuttle to the subway, although I haven’t done this). Once you reach the train station, there are frequent trains to Kingston. You can reserve online at the Via Rail site. A bus operates periodically from the airport to Kingston as a milk run, picking up and dropping off passengers along the way. If the timing is right (and you have a good book), it’s convenient since you get on at the airport, but you would need to be prepared for a 4-hour trip (coachcanada.com).

    As others have said, there are many good restaurants near the rink.

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    Question to those who have volunteered before...do you get access to the competition? or do you have to buy your tickets...
    I plan to volunteer, but i"m not sure if I should buy tickets. I don't want them to go to waste..
    thanks!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WildRose View Post
    You need to look up Sudbury *Junction* not Sudbury. Here's the info for the next train to Toronto - from VIA's website.
    https://reservia.viarail.ca/search/tripresult.aspx?t=D


    VIA doesn't stop at the station in downtown Sudbury, it stops 10 kms outside of Sudbury at a place called Sudbury Junction. I've travelled VIA Rail a lot, cross country to & from Toronto, and trust me, VIA does stop at Sudbury Junction, people from Sudbury do get on there, and we did all end up in Toronto Long trip getting into T.O. though. Freight trains have the right away, so sometimes you can spend a lot of time not going anywhere. The train that runs to Kingston is good - it's more like a commuter train and was always on time the few times I rode it.
    WTH!?! I *have* searched by using the Sudbury Jct in the feature before (many, many, many times before at that!!) and nothing's ever come up but the "There is nothing scheduled for that route." message. Every single time I've looked at VIA's website for a train out of Sudbury to Toronto it's told me that!!

    I guess it takes someone who isn't from Sudbury or the area to discover that? I don't care about how long I'd be on the train. Considering the service that VIA gives their Disabled Patrons over Greyhound, plus the scenery?

    Thank you so much and if I could rep you, I would!! Thank you so much again!!

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    if you are a volunteer you could be stuck back in a room with accountants, or in hospitality, or in transportation. You wont be able to see much competition. There will be empty seats to sit in I'm sure, but I honestly dont know how much you'll actually be able to sit and watch.

    Quote Originally Posted by jykang View Post
    Question to those who have volunteered before...do you get access to the competition? or do you have to buy your tickets...
    I plan to volunteer, but i"m not sure if I should buy tickets. I don't want them to go to waste..
    thanks!!!

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    This is the first time I can EVER say this... Rochester, NY... SCORE!!!! hey... closer to me than Lake Placid!! You know it's bad when something in another country is easier to get to than something in your own state!!! And I know! I went to SA last year! So much more looking forward to SC this year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jykang View Post
    Question to those who have volunteered before...do you get access to the competition? or do you have to buy your tickets...
    I plan to volunteer, but i"m not sure if I should buy tickets. I don't want them to go to waste..
    thanks!!!
    I volunteered at SC last year and was able to sit in the stands with my credentials whenever I wasn't on duty. I got to see almost everyone skate that I really cared about. The co-ordinator I worked for asked us what our availability was and worked around it. I wouldn't purchase tickets if I were you.

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    I'll second what a couple of others said - if you're volunteering, don't buy tickets, but also don't count on being able to see what you want to see. If you put on your availability sheet that you can start early (6am), you could end up with early shifts, leaving you time to watch the events in the evenings - but that does make for a really exhausting week (done it a few times) and it really depends on your function.

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    Thank you for all the reply! It would be a shame to miss some competitions...but I have wanted to volunteer at an event too long to pass this up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erica Lee View Post
    I'll second what a couple of others said - if you're volunteering, don't buy tickets, but also don't count on being able to see what you want to see. If you put on your availability sheet that you can start early (6am), you could end up with early shifts, leaving you time to watch the events in the evenings - but that does make for a really exhausting week (done it a few times) and it really depends on your function.
    Skating background helps a lot to get the good assignments. Of all of my friends that have done Skate Canada and Nationals and Worlds, just a few have gotten ice level assignments, and it is a pressure environment. Ice patching is probably the most fun and easiest to get to watch skating but you have to be able to skate. I've also known volunteers who didn't see a single minute of competition as they were assigned to hotel, transportation, media, hospitality, security.

    Because of the short nature of the event and the 20 hour time commitment there is little free time to watch. My suggestion is that if you want to watch the skating, buy a ticket.

    If you want to have stories to tell, volunteer, tape the skating on TV and watch it later .

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    lol I guess it helps a little that I already know my favorite skater, Daisuke Takahashi, has zero chance of getting placed at Skate Canada. If he was assigned to SC that would be a whole other story- I wouldn't miss his competition for a world! him and Robin/Aliona...but they were here last year so I doubt they'll be placed at SC two years in a row.

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    I agree that if you want to see the skating (live), buy tickets. When I volunteered at Skate Canada 2009, I didn't get to see a single minute of the actual competition, other than on the backstage monitors/TVs. But I still had a great time, and am hoping to volunteer in Kingston if my schedule permits.

    There's actually no min. for work hours, but you must work 20+hrs to keep your volunteer uniform. It helps if you can work during the week (W-F), and also to be flexible to change shifts or pick up extra shifts if people get sick etc.

    The 'on ice' positions do have pre-reqs in terms of having passed certain SkateCanada tests. A few other positions have minimum ages for legal reasons, and it does help your chances for some positions if you have previous related volunteer or professional experience. Supposedly people from the local area/clubs get priority, but I don't know if they really get that selective.

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    Why do you say Daisuke has zero chance of a SC assignment? I am going regardless of who is assigned, but it would be great to have Daisuke back again!

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