If you are heading to Toronto for IncentiveWorks 2017 from August 22 – 23, 2017, you’re in for a treat. In addition to lots of networking on the trade show floor and great speakers, you can look forward to numerous special events including:
You’ll want to arrive early or stay on for a few days to enjoy what the GTA and surrounding areas have to offer.
Arrive a full week early to take in the annual meeting for the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) from August 12-15, 2017.
In addition to popular Toronto attractions like the CN Tower, Canada’s Wonderland, the Hockey Hall of Fame, and Ontario Place, during the summer, Toronto is buzzing with excitement. Some of the unique activities available in the Greater Toronto Area include indoor skydiving at iFly Toronto and flying a jumbo jet simulator at Threshold Aviation.
Since 2017 is Canada’s sesquicentennial, there are many activities to mark Canada’s 150th birthday.
Here are some other ideas to help you get the most out of your time in Toronto for IncentiveWorks.
Explore the Distillery District for boutiques and cafes, Yorkville for high end shopping and dining, the Theatre District, Chinatown for Asian fare and great bargains, and Kensington Market, where you can browse for affordable treasures from every corner of the globe.
Toronto Island, which can be accessed by cruise boats, is usually a great place for picnics, cycling and enjoying the amusement park. Due to the extensive flooding in the Spring of 2017, it is not clear whether or not the island will open again in time for IncentiveWorks unfortunately.
During the week when IncentiveWorks will be taking place, theatre lovers can also enjoy:
In conjunction with Canada’s sesquicentennial, the Art Gallery of Ontario has a multimedia exhibition showcasing 33 projects created by artists from coast-to-coast.
The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), a Toronto institution which started in 1879 to showcase agriculture, the arts, and industry, kicks off on August 18th, the weekend before IncentiveWorks. Enjoy bandshell concerts, music at the Midway Stage, games and rides at the Midway, equestrian events, an air show, demos by celebrity chefs, and, of course, lots of food.
While August is too early to catch hockey or basketball in Toronto, football, baseball and soccer season are in full swing. You need to book early to secure tickets to see the:
Torontonians take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy patios and dine at establishments that offer rooftop dining. Some of the restaurants with patios or terraces for you to check out during IncentiveWorks include:
Be sure to contact the restaurants in advance as some dining establishments are closed on Sundays and Mondays in Toronto.
Keeping Your Cool:
To cool off during the hot summer evenings, gelato, and ice cream bars are a real treat:
If you’re looking for a special treat visit the Fairmont Royal York or the Omni King Edward for traditional afternoon tea. With locations in The Distillery District and on King Street just West of Spadina, visitors can witness the creation of chocolate in the on-site, glass enclosed chocolate factory as they enjoy delectable truffles, hot chocolate, and gelato at Somo ChocolateMaker.
To enjoy some of Toronto’s most popular musical events you’ll need to arrive extra early. For example, Toronto Summer Music Festival ends on August 5th and Toronto Caribbean Carnival runs until August 7th. Closer to IncentiveWorks, you can enjoy:
Artists who will be performing in Toronto include Blue Rodeo at the Budweiser Stage at Ontario Place on August 19th, Kendrick Lamar at the Air Canada Centre on August 23rd, and Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey on August 24th at the Air Canada Centre.
Bonus: Go for a day trip.
If you arrive on the weekend before IncentiveWorks, it may be fun to take a day trip to some places that are popular with both residents and visitors for boutiques, attractions, galleries, and dining. Visit Niagara Falls, Port Carling, or Niagara-on-the-Lake where the Niagara Summer Concert series is taking place at the Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery Amphitheatre.
The TD Markham Jazz Festival takes place on Main Street Unionville from August 16 to 20, 2017. In Unionville, great places to dine with patios include Blacksmith’s Bistro, Il Postino, Ambiyan, specializing in authentic Indian cuisine, and the new Next Door Restaurant. You can enjoy cool, refreshing treats at Caffe Gran Sasso, Flavours of Unionville, Exotique Glacé, The Old Firehall Confectionery, and, of course, Dairy Queen. It’s easy to get to Unionville, just North of Toronto, by taking the Go bus from Union Station. The trip will take you just 30 minutes.
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Anne Thornley-Brown is the President of Executive Oasis International a Toronto team building and management consulting firm that helps companies succeed even in the midst of turbulence. Executive Oasis International specializes in the facilitation of executive retreats, business team building, and meetings. Anne has worked with clients from 18 countries including Canada, Jamaica, Barbados, United Arab Emirates (Dubai), Saudi Arabia, Oman, Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa, and Sudan. Anne has an M.B.A. from York University's Schulich School of Business in Toronto. Anne has also blogged for a number of portals including Huffington Post, Event Manager Blog, and Plan Your Meetings by MPI. executiveoasis @executiveoasis
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