Eastern Canada is for meetings to remember

By Sara Robertson

It’s not simply home to maple syrup—though the sweet syrup and other maple products certainly aren’t something to miss out on. The region is equally known for breathtaking, rugged natural beauty.

And then there are Eastern Canada’s are world-famous cities. Toronto, in Ontario, is an international hub for business, finance and arts; Ottawa, the capital of Canada, is rich with eye-catching Victorian architecture. Montreal, the largest city in Quebec, and is made up of many boroughs whose history as formerly separate cities makes for a patchwork of endlessly unique neighborhoods.

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“Toronto continues to shine with innate diversity, and we’re proud to welcome international attendees to spark their curiosity in North America’s fourth-largest city. Also home to Canada’s largest concentration of hospitals, research institutes and business incubators, corporate events have the nation’s best and brightest minds at their fingertips for inspiration. Complemented by our globally inspired cuisine and historic cultural landscape, Toronto fuels innovation and bold new ideas that have the power to change the world.”

–  Tara Gordon, Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Service, Destination Toronto

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ground view of CN Tower in Toronto, Canada
The CN Tower

The CN Tower is one of Canada’s most defining landmarks and considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Certainly, taking in the 1,815-foot-tall tower during treks around the city is mind-blowing; but for an experience that will stand out in your attendees’ memories, take a trip up to SkyPod, the highest observation platform in the Western hemisphere.

The Ontario side of Niagara Falls is a perfect day trip. There are numerous ways to get to this incredible natural landmark from downtown Toronto’s Union Station. Megabus Canada operates the route five times per day and GO Transit operates it three times per day.

Known as the City of Museums, Ottawa is home to a staggering 29 of them. Ottawa Tourism now offers a page linked directly from its homepage where people can find “unofficial museums”—any point of interest in the destination for visitors to discover with a special museum-minded edge.

Montreal, famous for its food culture, is where you can try Quebecoise dishes such as poutine, a trifecta of fries, cheese curds and gravy. Whether you’re an adventurous eater or you have a go-slow palette, there’s something for everyone, including that world-famous maple syrup in apple-stuffed crepes and numerous other dishes.

The birthplace of Cirque du Soleil, Montreal prides itself on its high-flying circus culture. Take your group to Tohu, a massive complex dedicated to the dissemination, creation and promotion of the circus arts. Whether it’s a circus show or another unique performance going on during the day of your visit, you’re guaranteed to witness something amazing.

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This article appears in the May 2024 issue. You can subscribe to the magazine here.