Destination Guide: Canada

C&IT's sponsored guide to Canada will help you find the most exciting hotels, venues, restaurants and incentive activities when planning your next event.

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About canada

Canada…where a full business day is more than a day full of business.

With vibrant cities, all-encompassing meeting venues and diverse landscapes, Canada is an ideal setting for any meeting, convention or incentive travel programme.

Canadian cities are centres of arts, culture and culinary adventure, filling you with a sense of exploration, discovery and inspiration, with nature as your backdrop.  

Considered one of the most beautiful countries on earth, with wild spaces, fine food and lively culture, Canada is the place where you can find adventure by immersing yourself in nature’s wonders, water, and wildlife, without sacrificing your creature comforts.

Recently named by Lonely Planet as the must visit country in 2017, Canada is the ideal destination to host a multi-national extravaganza for thousands or to plan an intimate, celebratory trip for a few. The country also celebrates its 150th anniversary this year and all national parks will offer free entrance throughout 2017, including MICE groups.

Key Facts

Visiting Canada

British and most European passport holders enjoy visa free travel to Canada, however visitors are required to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation, which can be obtained via the official Canadian government website.

Innovation

When it comes to innovative thinking and leadership in our seven vertical sectors Canada takes a backseat to no one:

Aerospace, Agriculture and food, Clean technology, Infrastructure & engineering, Information & communication technology, Life sciences and Natural resources are the seven sectors where Canada holds a competitive advantage.

Benefit from our excellence in these key industries where we are internationally recognised and create a unique impact by enhancing your meeting or incentive programme experience.

Access

Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge, British Airways, Westjet and Air Transat all fly direct from the UK to Canada. It is possible to reach Canada’s east coast in as little as five hours. Flight chart available here.

Time Zones

Canada is the second largest country in the world spanning six time zones. (GMT – 3 to GMT – 8)

Political Structure

Canada is a parliamentary democracy with a constitutional monarchy. Spanning nearly ten million square kilometres, it is divided into 10 provinces with it’s Capital city Ottawa in Ontario on the Quebec boarder. The G7 country consistently ranks amongst the world’s best countries for quality of life and for conducting business.

Climate

Canada stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific, sharing the southern latitude of Rome and reaching all the way up to the Arctic. Across such a vast landscape temperature and climate varies dramatically. In May alone, you can ski the Olympic-calibre mountain terrain of the west coast or attend the world's largest tulip festival in the capital.

Language

Canada is a bi-lingual country with English and French as the official languages.

Visitors

More than three million overseas visitors come to Canada each year with global arrivals up 15% in 2016. The UK is the largest European source market accounting for more than 700,000 annual visits.

Venues

Canada offers a huge variety of venues, ideal for small and huge groups alike. Whether it is world-class conference facilities for a delegation of thousands, or a boutique private dining venue; there are stunning event spaces to suit all needs.

Accommodation

With more than 8,000 hotels in Canada, there are accommodation options to suit all group sizes. Canada is home to several super high-end five star luxury properties through to an exceptional range of quality affordable hotels.

Gastronomy and festivals

Toast Niagara Falls with Ice wine, shuck oysters on Prince Edward Island and take a bite of Alberta beef. Canada has festivals galore all year round including the largest jazz festival in the world in Montreal, the Toronto International Film Festival and the Edmonton Fringe Festival to name a few.

Meet, engage and explore in Canada

Explore your meeting options.  Engage with the Business Events Canada Team.  Our Canada specialists will help you create a memorable meeting experience.

Contact: Emma Cashmore
Managing Director - Axis Travel Marketing
European GSA for Business Events Canada
Tel +44 (0) 208 686 2300
emma@axistravelmarketing.com

Canada gallery

CN Tower, Toronto

Whale watching, Newfoundland and Labrador

Niagara Falls

Canada skiing in Banff, Alberta

Shaw Centre, Ottawa

Northern Lights in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Lake Louise, Banff National Park

Polar bear, Manitoba

Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick

Dog sledding, Quebec

Iceberg adventure, Iqaluit


Canada news

Canada features

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Canada's west coast wonder is brimming with extravagant dining options tailored for groups from sumptuous sushi and indulgent North American cuisine to private Chef's Tables in unlikely settings.

Toronto: Canada's Downtown

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Five days in Alberta

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Canada: Five days in Toronto

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Case Study: 2016 One Young World Summit  - Ottawa, Canada

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Five reasons to choose Alberta for your next meeting or incentive

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Six new developments in Canada's capital

Six new developments in Canada's capital

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What's new in Alberta for 2017

What's new in Alberta for 2017

A brand new international airport terminal, National Music Centre and gondola are among the latest developments ready to be discovered in Alberta.

Download: Event Planner's Guide to Vancouver and Whistler

Download: Event Planner's Guide to Vancouver and Whistler

Download C&IT's latest Canada feature, including an in-depth guide to the C&I highlights of Vancouver and Whistler showcasing the top hotels, venues and activities for groups.

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