The conference runs from Oct 10 – 12, but there are plenty of reasons to stick around a little longer and take in Canada’s largest and arguably most exciting city.
Staying downtown at the Sheraton Centre Hotel means that you’re in the heart of Canada’s cultural epicentre. Before we get into it, we should clarify to those who are worried that October might be a little chilly – never fear, you’re beating the worst of the weather by about a month. With your hotel right in the heart of things, you’ll have unfettered access to some of the most incredible restaurants (within walking distance), amazing sights and incredible cultural experiences the city has to offer. A vibrant, big-time city abuzz with activity, you’ll always have something new to discover in “The Big Smoke.”
Toronto is full of attractions and deeply rooted in cultures from all around the world. A walk through any neighbourhood is certain to uncover endless inspiration. A cultural mosaic in the truest sense, Toronto represents and is stoked in a deep and beautiful expression of all the people who call it home. If you’ve never been to Toronto, now is the perfect time to tack on a few extra days after the L&D event of the year to take in the sights and taste the incredible food scene.
Here are a few MUST-SEE attractions to put on your #DoceboInspire 2018 bucket list.
1. The CN Tower
The star of Toronto’s skyline. If you have the time while you’re in the city, don’t miss the chance to take the elevator up the 9th largest free-standing tower in the world. Completed in 1976, this tower is a can’t miss attraction of the city. Even without taking the tour to the top, just seeing the tower in person takes your breath away. The tower is also right beside the venue for this years DoceboInspire Learning Awards so you’ll have a chance to take it in on October 11th even if you don’t have the time to take a ride to the top!
Take a walk underwater and experience 5.7 million litres (1.5 million gallons) of marine and freshwater habitats from across the world. The exhibits hold more than 20,000 exotic sea and freshwater specimens from more than 450 species. The Aquarium, is located next to the CN Tower and combining the two will make for a fantastic Saturday morning if you decide to stay in the city after the conference.
Located the heart of old Toronto, the St. Lawrence Market is the perfect place to start a Saturday stroll or to see what’s in season! The St. Lawrence Market South, on the south side of Front St, is open Tuesday to Saturday, featuring food stalls, restaurants and the St. Lawrence Market Gallery. If you find yourself the time to stop by, do yourself a favour and pick up a local favourite, the must-have peameal sandwich.
The Distillery District is an architectural must-see. Located east of of the Sheraton Centre Hotel, the district contains numerous cafés, restaurants, and shops housed within heritage buildings of the former Gooderham and Worts Distillery. Walk along the cobbled streets lined by more than forty heritage buildings. The district is the largest collection of Victorian-era industrial architecture in North America.
Directly across the street from the hotel and conference centre is Toronto City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square. The square is also home to a instagram-ready 3D Toronto sign, installed during the 2015 Pan American Games it has since become an iconic landmark in its own right.
All that sightseeing is bound to work up an appetite. Thank goodness Toronto is home to some of the most inspired restaurants in not only Canada, but perhaps all of North America. Regardless of what you crave, Toronto is sure to have the right bite to satisfy.
Get Your Feed On
Engage your inner foodie. From Italian, to Thai, to pub fare with over 100 beers on tap and everything in between, Toronto is sure to keep you full with delicious food. Staying downtown at the Sheraton also means you’ll have immediate access to some of the best dining experiences, all within a short walk or easy trip on a streetcar with the TTC!
Take a look through our top ten restaurants that are our absolute favourite spots that you have to try if you find yourself looking for something to eat while you’re in the city.
MUST-EAT Restaurants to try during #DoceboInspire.
Named Toronto’s best Greek seafood restaurant, Estiatorio Volos is a refined, contemporary setting, setting the absolute perfect mood for a post conference bite with your new group of friends and peers.
Underground, authentic Thai restaurant that is a must try in the entertainment district. Not your traditional Thai, this place plates up dishes inspired by northern cuisine.
Incredible patio, even when the temperature turns a bit cooler in October. The food is Italian with an ambiance that makes you want to enjoy every bite and every minute. Feels upscale without upscaling your budget.
4. King Taps
This expansive two-storey bar offers 50 draught beers, pub staples, sports & outdoor seating. One of the newest pubs to the downtown area, it’s a must try if you’re looking to try a different beer for every round.
No, this doesn’t have to do with Toronto’s very own Drizzy. Drake One Fifty is a mainstay of the financial district with an incredible atmosphere and even better food. They offer upscale Canadian dishes served in a stylish space with art, leather booths & a sidewalk patio.
Read through the rest of our ten MUST-TRY restaurants that will inspire you while you’re in the Six.
No matter what you’re looking for, Toronto won’t disappoint. We’re so excited to be able to share one of the many places around the world we call home with you. DoceboInspire is an event not to be missed, and if you can swing it, book a few extra days at the Sheraton and experience all the beauty, culture and amazing food the city has to offer.
Come be inspired! Get your #DoceboInspire ticket today and be Inspired by Toronto.