Best business travel destinations in Canada

Heading to Canada to rope in some new customers for your business? There are a number of excellent destinations where getting the job done won’t just be easy – it will be extraordinarily fun as well.

Montreal

If you run a business which serves French speaking customers, it may be worth your while to court clients in the Canadian city of Montreal.

Not only will you find potential partners who will have access to talent who can speak English and French fluently (as well as a smattering of ‘third’ languages), but you’ll have plenty of fun places to entertain them as well.

Home to beautiful neighbourhoods (like Old Montreal) hard to find elsewhere in Canada, innovative restaurants which serve delicious Quebecois, Canadian, and international cuisine, and nightspots open late into the evening, you won’t regret traveling to Montreal on business.

Have a penchant for risk-taking? Montreal wins on this point as well, as it is home to Casino Montreal, as well as Playground Poker, a famed card room located on the Kahnawake Reserve.

Afraid of embarrassing yourself in the pit when playing craps or any other popular casino game? Check out this resource, and you will be able to refresh your memory on the rules before heading out to the gaming house of your choosing.

 

Toronto

As the most populous city in Canada and as its primary locus of finance, commerce, and culture, Toronto is a natural choice for those planning business conferences or client meetings north of the border.

Near the financial powerhouse of Bay Street, there are countless fancy steakhouses and other trendy restaurants which make for an excellent backdrop to the sales pitch you plan on laying out to an executive of a major Canadian concern.

Does your prospect love sports? Take them out to a Jays, Raptors, or Maple Leafs game. Afterward, hit the aptly named Entertainment District, where you can take in a show at venues like the Royal Alexandra Theatre, enjoy sophisticated drinks at the SpiritHouse, or groove to the best live jazz and blues in T.O. at The Rex.

After the hard work you put in to close the deal, you deserve it.

 

Calgary

Out west, Calgary has been the biggest draw for business-minded folks over the past decade, and these days, it continues to be a strong magnet for investment.

Despite the recent slowdown in oil and gas due to low prices, the continued strength of this city’s entrepreneurial community means there are plenty of deals to be struck here.

The favourites of energy CEOs and junior startup founders are well-established: make reservations at places like Teatro (great for old-school corporate types) or Shiki Menya (a ramen joint popular with great for millennial entrepreneurs), and you’ll be fine.

After closing the deal, head 1 hour and 15 minutes west to Banff National Park and celebrate your success by getting in touch with some of the most amazing mountains in the world.