Thanks for looking that up for me and the effort, but believe me when I say I've done that in the past. Grrrr!!!
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.
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.SUDBURY JCT - TORONTO, Saturday Apr 24, 2010
Departs: 02:20 Arrives: 09:30 Duration: 7 hrs 10 mins
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.
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..
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!!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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 .
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.
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.
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!