Toronto is a fabulous fall destination for business meetings, conferences, team building and other corporate events. With hotels in Toronto and resorts in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) offering favorable rates and packages, it is the perfect season for corporate groups to stretch their budgets.
We have previously discussed the unique recreational activities in Toronto that corporate teams can include in their agenda for fun against the backdrop of the fall foliage. In the fall, the weather in the GTA is ideal time for wilderness team-building retreats, business simulations with toys or puzzles that can be donated to charity for Christmas, Corporate groups can take advantage of the rich flavors of fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, and game that are in abundance during harvest season to offer indoor or outdoor cooking team building. Harvesting challenges and shopping challenges at farmers' markets can easily be incorporated.
To assist you in getting the most out of your business meetings, corporate events, conferences, and team building in Toronto you'll find many Toronto-based event services including event planners, meeting planners, facilitators, and team building specialists.
To experience the color and magic of the fall season, split your time between Toronto and areas like Niagara-on-the-Lake, the Muskokas or Haliburton.
Groups that need to stretch their budgets can save by staying at hotels in York Region just North of Toronto. Lakeside resorts within 1 to 2 hours drive of Toronto are spectacular during the fall. If you avoid rush hour, groups can use the HOV lanes (High Occupancy Vehicles) on highways and be in downtown Toronto in 40 minutes to an hour.
Great Places for Meetings in the GTA
Here are a few suggestions for places to hold your meetings.
- Windsor Arms Hotel
Located in downtown Toronto's prime luxury shopping district, this boutique hotel with 28 guest rooms is perfect for small meetings and intimate corporate events.
- The Kingbridge Centre
North of Toronto in the GTA, this venue is a fully equipped, state of the art conference facility with 124 guest rooms and 43 meeting rooms. The green space is ample for outdoor events.
- Toronto Congress Centre
Located within walking distance of many airport hotels, North America's first LEED-certified convention center has numerous sustainable initiatives and 1,000,000 square feet of flexible space for meetings, trade shows, conferences and exhibitions. It is the largest column free ballroom in Canada.
- BMO Institute for Learning Centre
With 150 guest rooms, 13 meeting rooms, 20 breakout rooms, 8 role-play rooms, 6 boardrooms (with courtyard views), and a PC lab, this fully equipped facility on the northern edge of Toronto is a tremendous find for corporate groups. Dining facilities can accommodate up to 450 people. The Social Centre and Wellness Centres are the perfect places to relax when meetings are over.
- Trump International Toronto
Offers extensive meeting facilities in its meeting duplex.
- Maple Leaf Square and Le Germain Hotels
If you need to stretch your budget, inns in small towns and off-season summer camps in and near the GTA are a great find. Some camps even have equestrian facilities and full size hockey arenas.
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