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Downtown Toronto, ON Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 15
Total Sleeping Rooms 2,816
Convention Center Space 100,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 250,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate CAD $206
Average Daily Meal Cost CAD $118
Average Weekly Car Rental CAD $178

Downtown Toronto, ON Meeting Planning Overview

In Toronto, most everything happens in or near Downtown, which is designated the area up to Bathurst St. to the west, Parliament St. to the east and College and Carlton streets to the north. Downtown Toronto venues include the CN Tower, but there are plenty more for planners to consider.

Toronto Pearson International Airport is approximately 18 miles to the northwest. That said, right in Downtown is Toronto's city airport, Billy Bishop, which occupies its own island. From it, passengers need to take a one-minute ferry ride (free) that goes right to Downtown Toronto.

Canada's largest convention center, the striking glass-and-metal Metro Toronto Convention Centre, has 600,000 square feet of exhibit and meeting space that includes 64 meeting rooms, a 1,330-seat theater and two ballrooms.

Hotel venues in Downtown Toronto account for more than 12,000 hotel rooms. Properties with impressive meeting space include the 977-room Westin Harbour Castle, which has Canada's largest ballroom, weighing in at 24,990 square feet; 348-room Renaissance Toronto Hotel Downtown, with more than 13,000 square feet of meeting space; 461-room Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre, with an 8,000-square-foot ballroom; 298-room Le Meridien King Edward, with ballroom space for up to 500; the, 1,365-room Fairmont Royal York, with its Canadian ballroom able to host up to 1,670 (and in its Concert Hall, 1,085); the even larger, 1,377-room Sheraton Centre Toronto, with 100,000 square feet of meeting space; and the 575-room Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto, the largest Courtyard by Marriott on the planet.

Expect some unique music venues in Downtown Toronto, including the Rex Jazz & Blues Bar – part music lounge, a hotel and a restaurant. The comfortable Zazou Lounge can look after groups of up to 200 and has a dining room for 50. The Glenn Gould Studio, named in honor of the legendary Canadian pianist, has a 341-seat theater and two spacious lobbies for catered events. Off the charts hip-wise is This is London on Richmond St. W., which boasts a British-themed bar with patio that can host up to 650 people.

Perhaps one of the most popular things for visitors to do is to grab a table at Restaurant 360 at the top of the CN Tower. Perched at 1,150 feet above sea level, it contains the world's highest wine cellar and has room to seat groups of up to 400; if combining the restaurant with other group space also high off the ground that number increases to 2,000. Close to Lake Ontario is Bier Markt Esplanade, which has more than 100 beers from 24 countries; its sophisticated confines and menu can please groups of up to 400.

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