What to Do if You’re in Toronto, Calgary or Montreal on a Business Trip

Your meetings have wrapped and you have time to spare. Here are some suggestions on how to explore three Canadian cities if you're there for work.
 

Toronto

The CN Tower, photograph by Chris Hepburn/iStock.

2 hours

It takes less than a minute to zoom to the CN Tower’s LookOut Level, so you will have plenty of time to enjoy the city views before taking the nearby UP Express train to the airport. The observation deck was recently redesigned and features a glass floor.

Half day

People lined up around the block to see Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors when it opened at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2018. With its success, the gallery purchased Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room – Let’s Survive Forever, which is now on display.

Full day

The Bentway, a park underneath the Gardiner Expressway, provides year-round activities. While in the area, drop by stackt, a container market at Bathurst and Front streets. It features more than 120 shipping containers hosting a mix of local artists and retailers.

Calgary

The National Music Centre, photograph by Jewhyte/iStock.

2 hours

Visit the new Calgary Central Library in East Village. Admire the artwork by Indigenous artists, marvel at the Oculus skylight and be mesmerized by the “bookscalator,” which transports returned books on a conveyer belt from the main level to the second-floor sorting room.

Half day

Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, includes five floors showcasing Canadian music. Browse the exhibits, test instruments and view the mobile recording studio known as the “Sistine Chapel of rock ’n’ roll,” used by music legends the Rolling Stones.

Full day

Rent a bike and cycle the trails along the picturesque Bow River. Calgary is home to an extensive network of multi-use pathways that cross the entire city. Download the free app that highlights routes and gives real-time information on pathway closures and detours.

Montreal

The Old Port, photograph by Christian Ouelett/Getty.

2 hours

Located downtown, Barbie Expo is the largest permanent exhibition related to the world’s most popular fashion doll. The free display includes Barbies dressed by famous designers and modelled after celebrities and popular TV and movie characters.

Half day

Take in one of the performances at PY1 in the Old Port, a new immersive venue where shows are staged in a pyramid. With multiple viewings per day, Through the Echoes is a 60-minute show that transports viewers into a multimedia universe of space and time.

Full day

Explore the Old Port. Fly above the harbour on MTL Zipline, or solve a maze filled with obstacles and traps at the SOS Labyrinthe. For a laid-back experience, enjoy views of the city from La Grande Roue de Montréal, an observation wheel.

[This story appears in the June 2019 edition of WestJet Magazine.]

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