WPC 2016: Your insider’s guide to experiencing Toronto


kirstin ahinsaby Ahinsa Mansukhani, Microsoft US Partner Experience Team,

and Kirstin Turnbull, Mosaic B2B Experiential Design

 

 

We are so excited for you to join us for WPC 2016 in beautiful Toronto, Ontario, Canada this July. Both of us are Toronto natives, and we can’t wait to show off our city. As we mentioned in our last post, we talked about planning WPC each year to embrace the host city, and integrate the best of the city into the US partner experience we deliver at the Worldwide Partner Conference.

At this year’s conference, you’ll see the best of Toronto represented in the US Regional Lounge, US Partner Celebration, and other US-specific activities. But we hope you’ll also have a chance to explore the city outside of the conference footprint, perhaps extending your stay or keeping family members who are traveling with you engaged. Here’s our insider’s look at Toronto (including the ultimate checklist), to help you in your trip planning!

Passport reminder

Before we talk about Toronto, just a reminder that United States citizens need a valid passport to enter Canada. If you need a new passport, or to renew your existing passport, it’s recommended you start the process now to avoid delays. Get details about applying for and renewing US passports

Planes, trains, and automobiles

Toronto is a great city for walking. It’s easy to navigate, and offers a variety of options for the urban pedestrian. Take advantage of the conference’s proximity to the core of Toronto. You’ll be just steps away from amazing restaurants, attractions, and shopping. July is our hottest month, though, with temperatures averaging 80F, plus high humidity. If you are looking to stay cool while in transit, the city offers the following:

Fitness and nature

If you’re keen to keep up with your fitness regimen while at WPC, the Martin Goodman Trail is a wonderful way to see the city alongside Lake Ontario during a morning run. Get details about the Martin Goodman Trail

Eat your way through the city

An excellent way to experience any city is through its cuisine. Toronto offers a diverse array of restaurant options that will satisfy pretty much every culinary whim. Here are recent articles with recommendations for some of Toronto’s newest and most innovative restaurants. We’ll also have a list of suggestions at the information desk in the US Regional Lounge at WPC.

Shop ‘til you drop

If you’re interested in taking advantage of the strong US dollar, you’ll find terrific shopping just one mile from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the main WPC venue, at the Toronto Eaton Centre. Or, head a bit further north to Bloor Street West (just west of Yonge Street) for premier, designer stores that include the Canadian luxury retailer, Holt Renfrew.

Attractions

There are many attractions to visit, some very close to the WPC venues. We’ve grouped our picks below by proximity to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the main WPC venue.

A short walk (<2 miles):

A short car ride

A full day outing (great for family fun)

Ultimate Toronto checklist

If you’re up for a challenge, here’s our ultimate Toronto checklist that will have you feeling like an honorary Canadian.

  • Drop by Tim Hortons for a double double and a Timbit
  • Wander through the historic St. Lawrence Market and stop to get the famous peameal bacon on a bun sandwich at Carousel Bakery
  • Visit Chinatown for dim sum
  • Stroll through the restored Victorian-era buildings of the renowned Gooderham & Worts Whiskey Distillery District to visit galleries
  • Indulge in over the top ice cream creations at Sweet Jesus
  • Masquerade as a true Canadian and enjoy a Molson Canadian Beer on a patio
  • Visit the Drake General Store for Canadian-themed souvenirs

We hope that your WPC 2016 attendance plans include taking time to indulge in the best of the city, and that our recommendations above spark your interest in exploring Toronto. We look forward to meeting you this July!

 

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