Location on Google maps
Address: 6486 Simcoe County Road 56 Egbert Ontario
GPS coordinates: 44.235761, -79.795133
Note: relying solely on a GPS device is not recommended. Some models show the location at some 20 km away. We recommend to print or note down directions from Google Maps.
Dhamma Torana is approximately 45 mins – 1 hr driving from the GTA (Greater Toronto Area).
Whether traveling from the east of the city or the west end:
- take Highway 401 to Highway 400
- take Highway 400 north from Toronto
- exit at Highway 89 West (take exit 75).
- traveling west on Highway 89, pass through Cookstown and continue until you reach Simcoe County Road 56 (about 10 km from Highway 400).
- take Simcoe County Road 56 North and travel for approximately 8 km.
- the Centre is on the west side of the road and is signposted Ontario Vipassana Centre.
The preferable bus option in terms of variety of routes and frequency of service is the GO Bus.
If you are arriving by bus you need to make your own arrangements to get to the Centre from the bus stop. The Centre is about a half hour drive from the bus stop.
This will cost between $50-70. Be sure to call in advance as the taxis originate in Barrie or Alliston. Search online for local taxi service in.
Uber costs much less. Please check Google or Uber app for details about the service in this area.
The Centre will arrange a bus pickup for servers on Day 0 only at 10:00am. If you’re coming to serve, please call the office two days in advance to request a bus pickup.
GO buses run several times a day from the GO Bus Station located just east of Union Station (main railway station) in downtown Toronto (Front and Bay Streets), and also from the Finch subway station (the last stop on the Yonge Street subway line) in north Toronto. From Toronto International Airport, you can take a bus from any terminal to Union Station (+/- $16.00).
Please always refer to GO transit website for schedules, fares and for further information as schedules change every 3-4 months.
From Toronto, the service you require is the Barrie bound GO Bus Service which travels between Toronto and Barrie. Buy your ticket for Churchill (or Innisfil if they don’t know of Churchill) at the bus terminal or from the bus driver (+/- $15.00). You will have to transfer to a Barrie bus at Aurora. After the transfer to the Barrie bus (usually in 5 minutes) let the driver know you would like to be dropped at Shore Acres/Yonge St. at Fennels Corner (Yonge Street and Hwy 89). You will likely need to press the stop request button/tape when the stop is coming up after the Shore Acres & Yonge St. announcement is made, as this is a request stop only.
Aurora or East Gwillimbury (NOT NEWMARKET) will be the transfer points depending on the time and day of travel. At times it may be a bus or a train. If in doubt, please call the office to check.
Next to the drop-off point is an Esso Station with an outside phone booth which can be used to call the centre long distance: +1 705-434-9850. If you do not have the funds call +1 877-434-9850. There is an Esso store where you can wait inside if there are any delays.
From Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
You can book a taxi service that will take you to the centre at the following site: www.simcoecountyairportservice.ca. Their phone number is 705-728-1148 or 1-800-461-7529. They do pickups at the airport every half hour.
The address of their destination (i.e. OVC’s address) is 6486 Simcoe County Road in Egbert. In brief, Egbert is just north of Alliston. Exit 75 off Highway 400; go west on 89 to 56 and north to destination.
The Rideshare Board is for students who have already registered in a course. A link to this board is sent via email to registered students.